Due Date Movie Review

Due Date Movie Review


If you’re not a big fan of Zach Galifianakis – if you can only take him in a little here and a little there – like maybe you enjoyed him on Saturday Night Live – movie pictureDue Date” will drive you crazy. That’s because you’re going to see an awful lot of Galifianakis in this new movie release.

This latest guy movie is directed by Todd Phillips, known for 2009 release “The Hangover”, which also starred Zach Galifianakis. He was the guy who looked like a baby and was carrying the baby around all the time.

If you’re the kind of person who loves Homer Simpson and can’t wait for the next season of Larry King in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” this is the new movie for you. Keep in mind, though, that there’s actually some light evidence of a caring man that might ruin the self-involved comedy that you may be expecting.

In this one of the movies playing now, Galifianakis plays a guy from Atlanta who hopes to become an actor. He’s gotten his hair permed into ringlets and changed his name to Ethan Tremblay. In his dreams he has a role in “Two and a Half Men”. He’s carrying around the ashes of his father in a coffee can and a French bulldog as well, as he gets ready to catch his flight to Los Angeles.

Peter Highman, played by Robert Downey, Jr., is on his way to catch a flight from Atlanta to L.A. to join his wife, played by Michelle Monaghan, who’s about to have their first baby.

The best part of “Due Date” happens right in the beginning of the movie. In the screenplay, written by Phillips, three other men and a heaping share of ad-libs by Galifianakis, Ethan meets Peter and a chain reaction occurs. They’re both thrown off the flight and decide to rent a car and drive west.

The good news is that Galifianakis and Downey are an unexpectedly charismatic duo. They just really seem to get along. The trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles is long and Phillips vacillates between dirt (jokes about masturbation) and mush (Ethan reminiscing about his father). By the time these two hit the Grand Canyon, “Due Date” is going downhill and by the time Peter manages to get to his wife, the movie is done – relying on the actors charm to make it to the end.


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