Due date is almost being presented as a follow up to the Hangover, same producers, director and the beard that made the movie, Zach Galifianakis, with the added addition of Robert Downey Jnr and the roadtrip across the country scenario its safe to say the expectations were pretty freaking high.
Robert Downy jnr is Peter Highman, his lady’s got a baby on the way and he’s gotta make it to LA to be there for the birth. Of course not all goes to plan, in fact the big hairy problem here is Ethan Tremblay (played by Galifanaanniskz). Stoner, manchild, aspiring actor, Ethan is aiming to make his mark on hollywood, or at least meet his hero’s from Two and a half men, which he runs a fansite for. Ethan gets Peter almost arrested, makes him miss his flight and then to rub salt in the wound Peter has to turn to Ethan for help to get home in time for the birth of his baby.
A sure fire set up for hilarity, oh yes, and hilarity there is, but also a surprising amount of dramady. Due Date, has almost as many touching moments (or TOMO’s) as ROFL’s. There’s father son issues, growing up issues, relationship issues all packed in along side the mexican cops smoking pot and wheel chair violence. It’s not a bad thing, although it does change the tone and mess with the expectations for those of us who were expecting Hangover 2 (which is filming in Thailand with Mel Gibson btw).
Also the dream team pairing of Downey Jnr & Galafranihljdlz tended to click less on the comedy side (with one being angry at the other being annoying) but stronger on the drama side, watch for the improv scene in the bathroom for instance.
I’ve heard people say Due Date is funnier than the Hangover, i’m voting no to that, and i’m not sure whether anything in here rivals the Wolfpack speech. The fact that it comes close though means its probably better than most comedies out this year. For fans of Zach G & Downy Jnr it is a must. Just be prepared for a few deep moments alongside the laughs.
Reviewed by: Asher Bastion