Due Date: Downey Jr/Galifianakis Does The Whole Martin/Candy Thing
The movie “Due Date” starring Robert Downey Jr & Zach Galifianakis may not be an official re-make of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, but it’s exactly what one in this decade would most certainly feel like. However whereas in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” you get a little heart to the story, “Due Date” substitutes heart for laughs.
First of all, despite their rumored cold shoulder attitude toward each other lately, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis make a really fun duo that I would hope to see sometime again in the future. Robert Downey Jr. plays expectant father-to-be Peter Highman, who must get to LA to see the birth of his first born child. Unfortunately, an airline mixup lands him on the “No Fly List”, Peter reluctantly accepts an offer from Ethan Tremblay, an aspiring actor who is about to make Peter’s life a living hell.
Sounds very much like Candy and Martin huh? While this movie is FAR FAR FAR from being original, it’s still a lot of fun! It’s impossible to walk out of this movie and not talk about how it’s pretty much verbatim Planes Trains and Automobiles. However, the biggest difference between this and PT&A is that the latter had characters that showed heart and in the end became characters you’d love. Here in Due Date, everyone is pretty much a jerk in their own unique way! However they’re the kind of jerks that are fun to watch, but there’s really nobody in this movie you’ll like. Downey Jr is just despicably cruel and Galifianakis would at best be taken in VERY VERY small doses when it comes to their characters.
Robert Downey Jr. is easily becoming one of my favorite actors (personal favorite pre-Iron Man movie is the brilliant “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”. ) and the guy can play the hell out of an amazing asshole character. For a man that can punch a bratty child (full force) and make you not completely hate him in a movie is saying something about his acting ability. Of Course Zach is…..Zach and he’s every bit likeable and weird as he is in The Hangover but he’s far away from being as lovable as John Candy was as Del Griffith. Supporting cast members include Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, and Danny Mcbride (aka Kenny F*cking Powers!!) which are fun to watch as well in their respective scenes.
Overall it’s a fun 2 hours of an un-original-yet-fun flick. There’s plenty of room for this and PT&A, This one has meaner characters and a few more laughs perfect for the fans of Old School or The Hangover. The other is a very treasured movie that has yet to NOT be broken out for a viewing when it comes times for the holidays (along with Die-Hard and Gremlins.)