Due Date / Date Prévue (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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Due Date is such a broad comedy, it needs the width of the whole United States in which to play out. Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) lets the gross-out comedic charms of his frequent star Zach Galifianakis run wild, which is exactly what Galifianakis fans want. And Robert Downey Jr. reminds viewers of his appealing straight-man comic talents, too. Due Date is like Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Nine Months with a little of The Odd Couple thrown in. The writing of Due Date is uneven--perhaps a result of its having had a minimum of six screenwriters working on it. And run time, at only 100 or so minutes, seems much longer. But Due Date gets its energy and charge from its two stars and from Phillips's slaphappy direction. Galifianakis plays Ethan, who's a version of every character Galifianakis has played to date--slovenly, irresponsible, and uncensored. Downey is Peter, a straitlaced new father-to-be, who through an improbable series of unfortunate events can find no other way to get across the country for the birth of his first child than to hitch a ride with Ethan. If the situation is somewhat predictable, the comedic moments are not--though by halfway though the trip, viewers may wonder if Peter will be able to resist strangling Ethan with his own scarf, or worse. The deft supporting cast includes Michelle Monaghan as Peter's wife, Jamie Foxx (in kind of a throwaway role), and Juliette Lewis, appealing and not too ditzy. Viewers who love Phillips's and Galifianakis's trademark slapstick shtick will find plenty to laugh about on this long, strange trip. --A.T. Hurley
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Architect Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) is headed home to Los Angeles to attend the birth of his first child. Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) is also headed to Hollywood in order to become an actor and hopefully star in Two and a Half Men . The two meet as they are about to take the same flight and Ethan manages to get them both on the no-fly list. Ethan offers Peter a ride home and Peter has seemingly no choice but to accept and must overlook his hatred of Ethan during the trip. With the two characters being almost complete opposites there is bound to be some difficulties. Some situations in the film really are over the top but it's only a movie and its part of the fun. I certainly like the road trip aspect, we get to see beautiful scenery like the Grand Canyon.Read more ›
Robert Downey jr. plays an architect who is a bit of a snob. Zach Galifanakis, is the common man with dreams of being a movie star. He is a fan of "2 1/2 Men" and like a child, or my last gf, sometimes doesn't realize or care about the consequence of his actions.
The movie is laugh out loud funny. I didn't think that it measured up to the original PT&A, simply because Downey's character was far less colorful than Steve Martin. The movie was written to showcase Zach Galifanakis. I thought it was better than "The Hangover" in that it excludes the abundance of sophomoric humor.
No nudity or sex. Contains language, masturbation, and pot smoking. Okay it has some sophomoric humor.