Due Date

November 5th, 2010








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Due Date

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Plot
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.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.6/10 (93,849 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan

Storyline
Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) must get to LA in five days to be at the birth of his firstborn. He is about to fly home from Atlanta when his luggage and wallet are sent to LA without him, and he is put on the "no-fly" list. Desperate to get home Peter is forced to accept the offer of Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) to hitch a ride with him cross-country. Peter is about to go on the most terrifying and agonizing journey of his life.

Writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland

Cast:
Robert Downey Jr. - Peter Highman
Zach Galifianakis - Ethan Tremblay / Ethan Chase / Stu
Michelle Monaghan - Sarah Highman
Jamie Foxx - Darryl
Juliette Lewis - Heidi
Danny McBride - Lonnie
RZA - Airport Screener
Matt Walsh - TSA Agent
Brody Stevens - Limo Driver
Jakob Ulrich - Patrick
Naiia Ulrich - Alex
Todd Phillips - Barry
Bobby Tisdale - Carl
Sharon Morris - Airport X-Ray
Nathalie Fay - Flight Attendant

Taglines: "Check yourself before you wreck yourself."



Details

Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 5 November 2010

Filming Locations: Albuquerque Studios - 5650 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $32,689,406 (USA) (7 November 2010) (3355 Screens)

Gross: $100,448,498 (USA) (23 January 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Maternity Day".

Goofs:
Continuity: While on the road between Texas and California, the number of cars surrounding the vehicles that Ethan and Peter drive changes between shots.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Peter Highman: I just had the strangest dream. It's Friday. We're at the hospital. But it's not a hospital, it's a, a, a forest of sorts. And I know that because right next to you there's a bear. A grizzly, cooling his feet in a stream. And all of a sudden, you begin to deliver, and I can't get to you. But the bear can. And the next thing I know, he is holding our beautiful baby boy. And here's where it gets odd. Uh, he chews the cord. But, strangely, I'm okay with it. That's gotta be a good sign.



User Review

Low brow version of what was done better by Steve Martin and John Candy.

Rating: 3/10

This is a movie I was prepared to like because Robert Downey is an excellent actor and Zack G has proved to be a weird character who can be very funny in the right film.

But, it just doesn't work very well. This story has been done before, and with much better effect, in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The two movies have a very similar story arc, but in the one case you have two very funny men playing actual mature adults who have differing personalities, and in the other you have two men who are immature imbeciles with differing personalities. The former are likable, while the latter are just annoying.

Zack G's character is just too bizarre to be credible, but at least you know where they are going with him. Downey, on the other hand, is an excellent actor badly miscast here. His demeanor is just too "dark" and his personality too brooding and cranky to play the part of a good family man trying at all costs to get home in time for his child's birth. To be honest, his character simply isn't very likable, and is sometimes just downright mean, even spitting in an innocent dog's face. This is in stark contrast to the frustrated everyman played by Steve Martin in P,T,&A - a person every traveler (stuck next to an obnoxious slob) understands implicitly. Another example of such a role being done to perfection is Jack Lemmon in The Out of Towners.

I suppose it didn't help that the theater was packed with very young children who had no business going to this movie. The very crude language, extensive drug imagery, and graphic masturbation scenes, while funny for adults, were grossly inappropriate for 5-12 year olds in the crowd. Some people clearly are not cut out to be parents.

Perhaps the most memorable line in the movie was Downey proclaiming that he had never done drugs in his life. Given Downey's well documented real-life problems, his statement in the movie couldn't help but make the audience compare the character to reality, thus serving to knock down the "4th wall" in the process. No doubt the contrast was created by intent, but I'm not sure it was a great idea.

As Steve Martin, John Candy, and Jack Lemmon proved, superior comedy and deeper laughs come from brilliant acting and comic timing. If you have to resort to endless gutter language, potty humor, and masturbating canines, you have already lost the game before it starts.




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