Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole Ashland
Markus Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content.
Fan Poll Question: Whose beard is better, Zach Galifianakis’ aka DeBarge or Giants closer Brian Wilson’s aka B Weezy?
If you like road trip movies and guys with perms, then “Due Date” may be the movie for you. From director Todd Phillips (The Hangover), who makes this middle of the road comedy have the look of a big budget action film, comes the much anticipated “Due Date” staring Zack Galifianakis (The Hangover), playing an extension of the role he played in “The Hangover” and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), playing the snarky straight man per his usual. The two actors seemingly work well together, playing off of each other in rated R “Odd Couple” fashion, but as the premise wears thin near the midpoint of the movie, some audience members may grow tired of the repetitive nature of the characters and just want the movie to be over. Honestly, the best way to describe “Due Date” is to say that this movie is funny, but not that funny.
Just from the trailers could you tell me what “Due Date” was about? Two people who share a strong dislike for each other (one is wacky and the other is “Captain Serious”) are forced to share a car as they embark on a cross county adventure? Well, that is the EXACT premise of “Due Date” and nothing more. There are no surprises with this movie. No shocking yet hilarious plot twist. There is nothing here to take this movie from just an average comedy to a stand out Judd Apatow comedy. “Due Date” is exactly what you think it is. Although much of the film is funny, after about an hour it begins to suffer from what I like to call “repetitiveness syndrome”. “Repetitiveness syndrome” occurs when any activity becomes so over played that it makes the viewer(s) or listener(s) irritable with just the thought of listening or watching for one more second. How do I know if I am suffering from the dreaded “repetitiveness syndrome”, you ask? If you have recently uttered the line “If I hear that Taylor Swift song where she reminisces about the countless guys she’s dated (any annoyance can be inserted here aka grown men who call other grown men “bro” or toe socks) one more time I’m going to scream” out loud then I am afraid you have it.
BUT (I hesitate stating a new paragraph with “but”, but this is a big “but”), the fact that this film is so predictable, giving Galifianakis fans and Downey Jr. fans exactly what they paid for, may be the reason this movie is destined for box office success. Almost all of the people going to see this movie are going directly as a result of what they saw on the trailers and in that case that particular set of fans will enjoy this film for what it is. I guess there is something to be said for predictable laughs.
What “Due Date” does do extremely well is their use of bit cameos by Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, RZA, and the entire cast of “2 and a Half Men” to keep the films tempo alive.
Final Thought: After a while this movie tends to hit the same note over and over and…over again, but for fans of Galifianakis and Downey Jr. this may be another must own to put in between their unrated version of “The Hangover” and limited edition, signed copy of “Sherlock Holmes” with extended commentary by Judd Law movie collection. Go see the movie if you were already planning to see it (you know who you are. Those people who read my entire review and still go to see the film even after I said it wasn’t worth your money.)