These are the last two people I’d ever go on a trip with.
When high-powered Los Angeles business executive Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) gets stuck in Atlanta during a snowstorm that grounds all flights just days before his pregnant wife’s due date, he hitches a ride across the country with slacker Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis). As Peter desperately tries to get home, he must deal with Ethan’s laid-back attitude, numerous delays and several mishaps in this road trip comedy. Jamie Foxx co-stars.
This film is being heavily promoted as the next big from from Todd Phillips, or as you mainstream audiences may know, “the dude who did The Hangover”. However, the problem is that is the only thing going for it.
The problem with this film is that it’s screenplay is terrible. Actually terrible is not right because, occasionally, there are a few funny moments, very few, but they are just watered over, by the sometimes numerous awkward, heavily violent, and lazy jokes that came through with this film. I get the whole concept of these stupid comedies, because in all honesty, I like them, but this film offers nothing really funny, and at times, the comedy just falls short way too many times, and your just stuck wondering, if it was meant to be a joke, or just something you wouldn’t find funny, but because it’s these two, it’s absolutely hilarious. The problem is, I didn’t ponder any of those thoughts at all, this film just wasn’t funny. I almost felt like the creators said: “The Hangover 2 is going to take about 6 months to write, let’s just make a film that will take about 6 minutes to write”.
The places this film takes are incredibly unbelievable. There are moments where these guys almost practically die on the road, because the driver falls asleep, and they do a 360 in the air. I also noticed a lot of comedy directed towards these guys getting there asses kicked, or to them almost dying. There’s nothing funny about near-death experiences people, so stop with the harsh slapstick in comedy.
I was probably more disappointed by the fact that I was expecting so much more from these two. I understand the whole odd-couple mismatch that the film was going for, but in order for that to work, you got to have two actors that can create a good chemistry that will last through out. This doesn’t have that at all. Robert Downey Jr.‘s character disappointed me, because I was expecting him to be a bit more likable, and at least a little funny, unintentionally, but he was just too mean to be likable or funny. I know he was trying to play against type, but for God’s sake man, it’s a comedy, be funny somehow! Zach Galifianakis is funny, but he is just too over-exposed by now, and I really do think he needs to slow down, before he becomes a bore to every film he is in. These two try their hardest to bring laughs, but they just can’t, and I think they would have been able to, with different material. There are also some funny spots from Danny McBride, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, and RZA. But not enough to make this film better, actually not even the master-bating French bulldog can do that.
Consensus: What should have been hilarious, mostly due to the fact of the talent involved, Due Date turns into a unfunny, lazily written, bore-fest, that tries hard to be funny, and just ends up being a huge failure for all involved. Let’s hope Hangover 2 is better.
I completely agree about this movie’s horrible screenplay. The dead dad in the coffee cup was the only thing that they seemed to be able to consistently get laughs from… which is sad. This could’ve been funny, and it should’ve been. The Hangover was funny, this wanted to be funny and have a human element, and ended up being neither.
Nothing worked here, and they were trying too hard, in The Hangover, it honestly just came naturally.
Ouch. I think 2/10 is a little harsh, but Phillips’ movies are very hit or miss and this wasn’t one of his better ones to me either.
I find it funny how quickly celebrities become overexposed in this digital age. The Hangover was just last year and already everybody is complaining that Galifianakis’ schtick is tired. Really, he’s only had a couple small supporting roles between that and this. But I guess add the fact that those were all in disappointing films with all of the obnoxious idiots out there ruining his performance from The Hangover through over-quoting and it’s not really that surprising that people are already sick of him. I still really enjoy him in Bored to Death for whatever it’s worth.
He’s got obvious talent, he just needs to slow down, before “he” just becomes the joke.
I really don’t get what RDJ is doing here. It seems such a step down. When I saw the trailers I was worried, but willing to give it a shot because I enjoyed The Hangover much more than I thought I would. You’ve confirmed my fears though, that they reckin saying “from the people that brought you The Hangover” is enough to make a good movie, when really it just comes out as a cheap imitation.
I’ll steer clear, thanks for the heads up!
No problem, I wanted to give this a shot, cause I thought it was going to be OK, but God, was I ever so wrong.
That bad huh?
I am planning to watch it once it gets here, but thanks to your review, I’m having doubt now.
Oh it is that bad!
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so, I take it that you weren’t a fan? lol
this came in from Netflix this week, so I’ll be watching ti tonight. We’ll see what I think. I’m curious if it really is as abd as you say…lol
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