|By Miv Evans
Road movies have a lot of scope, with characters given the freedom to claim new lands as their own and fight off dragons that try to thwart their journey across the rugged terrain.
But somehow all these opportunities get missed in the telling of Due Date which runs out of steam almost as soon as it begins and the countless failed attempts at crass humor only add to the malaise.
Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr) is on a business trip in Texas and looking forward to the birth of his first child in one week's time.
His path crosses with one Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), an aspiring actor, who gets them both put on the 'no fly list' and they are forced to make the trip back to L.A. together.
There are no great moments in this film but there are many dreadful ones, the most memorable of these being played by Downey's character.
This respectable architect has an impulsive streak which is taken to its nadir when an eight year old boy annoys him and Downey punches him hard in the stomach.
A little later Downey spits in the face of Ethan's harmless little dog and it's difficult to imagine what the writer was trying to achieve.
Zach, totally uncouth and self-serving, does nothing to raise the bar and we are left with two characters to whom we have no desire to relate.
Jamie Foxx makes a brief appearance but he is given little else to do other than make a few cups of coffee.
The joke (I use this term loosely) is that he accidentally brews the coffee from the cremated remains of a departed relative which, incredibly, isn't the silliest plotline in the film or even the most unbelievable.
Apparently, if you steal a vehicle from the Mexico Border Police and zoom around US highways you are inconspicuous and if a US police car does show up you can lose them with some fancy driving as police vehicles in Arizona do not have radio contact.
So this is a Buddy Movie with one buddy who is psycho and the other a jerk which could be funny but, due to an inadequate script, isn't.
And I don't know how many takes it took to wrap that spitting scene with Downey and the dog but I'm sure, by the end of filming, that must have been one ticked off pooch.
Written & Directed by Todd Philips (Director of The Hangover)
Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.
In Theaters Friday, November 5, 2010
"Due Date" Movie Trailer
Watch the Official "Due Date" movie trailer from Hulu. Click on the white triangle to start the movie. High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.
"Due Date" Movie International Release Dates
Belgium: 3 November 2010
Sweden: 3 November 2010
Argentina: 4 November 2010
Austria: 4 November 2010
Chile: 4 November 2010
Germany: 4 November 2010
Hungary: 4 November 2010
Netherlands: 4 November 2010
Russia: 4 November 2010
Singapore: 4 November 2010
Switzerland: 4 November 2010 (German speaking region)
Brazil: 5 November 2010
Estonia: 5 November 2010
Finland: 5 November 2010
India: 5 November 2010
Lithuania: 5 November 2010
Norway: 5 November 2010
Philippines: 5 November 2010
Poland: 5 November 2010
Romania: 5 November 2010
Spain: 5 November 2010
UK: 5 November 2010
USA: 5 November 2010
France: 10 November 2010
Switzerland: 10 November 2010 (French speaking region)
Hong Kong; 11 November 2010
Turkey: 26 November 2010
Egypt: 1 December 2010
Greece: 2 December 2010
Malaysia: 2 December 2010
Portugal: 2 December 2010
"Due Date" Movie Synopsis: Zach and Robert Downey Jr. try to make the due date
From director Todd Phillips, "Due Date" stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as two unlikely companions thrown together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous.
Photo above: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS as Ethan Tremblay in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' comedy "DUE DATE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon.
Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is only days away.
As he hurries to catch a flight home to Los Angeles from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor and disaster-magnet Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) leads to the two of them being tossed off the plane and placed on a no-fly list...while Peter's luggage, wallet and ID take off without him.
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(L-r) ZACH GALIFIANAKIS as Ethan Tremblay and ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Peter Highman in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' comedy "DUE DATE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon
With no alternatives in sight, Peter is forced to hitch a ride with Ethan and his canine traveling companion on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter's last nerve.
The comedy "Due Date" also stars Michelle Monaghan ("Made of Honor"), Juliette Lewis ("The Switch") and Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray").
Directed by Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), the film is produced by Phillips and Dan Goldberg ("The Hangover," "Old School"), from a screenplay by Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland and Adam Sztykiel & Todd Phillips, story by Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland. Thomas Tull, Susan Downey and Scott Budnick serve as executive producers.
"Due Date" reunites Phillips with key members of his filmmaking team from "The Hangover," including director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Bill Brzeski, editor Debra Neil-Fisher, composer Christophe Beck and costume designer Louise Mingenbach.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Green Hat Films Production, a Todd Phillips Movie: "Due Date." It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film is rated R by the MPAA for language, drug use and sexual content.
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