Tuesday, February 15, 2011

DUE DATE

Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis
Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan


"Check yourself before you wreck yourself"




Robert Downey Jr. is Peter Highman, an expectant father who is not allowed to board a plane after an altercation. He then finds himself stuck in a small car for the long drive from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the guy driving happens to be Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), the person who caused the 'altercation'.

Soon enough, these mismatched 'buddies' embark on a very long road trip. One that is certainly not an easy ride as two complete strangers are forcibly brought together in such a confined space. The eccentric Tremblay is carrying the ashes of his late father and dreams of snaring a guest spot on the TV show "Two and a Half Men" so his destination is Hollywood in Los Angeles. While Peter is a high strung executive rushing to get home to be with his wife who is due to give birth.

Due Date has very unlikable characters. Tremblay is a childish slob who can't be taken seriously. While Peter has an angry and often violent personality. Both of them were really jerks. I found it hard to empathize with their plight. In fact, both of them deserved each other.

The plot was totally not credible and certainly not funny. It bordered on vulgar and really crass situations which made me cringe with despair. The only 'good' thing I figure are the two lead actors who have good rapport. I guess it takes talent to play really obnoxious characters and act them out to a lousy script. Sigh!

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