**** stars out of five
An overly-anxious expectant father, Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) has to get back to LA from Atlanta for the birth of his first child. His flight plan goes awry when he is placed on a no-fly list after a misunderstanding before take off. With no luggage, no wallet and few options, he hitches a ride with an annoying pot-smoking wannabe actor, Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) and his canine sidekick.
Why See It?
This move is really funny! Honestly, there wasn’t a minute of Due Date that didn’t grab a belly laugh out of me. For those who enjoy a good comedic road trip flick, it’s as good as any.
The two lead characters, Peter and Ethan, are complete opposites of each other – on the one hand, you have an obnoxious uptight SOB and on the other, an all around ditzy slacker. It is their ‘on again off again’ relationship that fuels the humour. The misfit couple’s continual bickering lands them in the most absurd situations (some even life threatening). Detours include a stop for Ethan to purchase some marijuana for his “glaucoma,” a horrific car accident which completely wrecks the rental and a hilarious Mexican border fiasco.
With stellar cameo performances delivered by Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride and Jamie Foxx – Due Date is a hysterical adventure of misadventures.