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Due Date Review - by T.S. Orr

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For my first review for Spoiler TV I decided to write about what I thought was one of the most underrated comedies of 2010. I'm referring to Due Date, Todd Phillips' first film since the highly successful comedy the Hangover.

The initial draw to this film is obvious. Throw breakout actor Zach Galifianakis together with the highly popular Robert Downey Jr. and the audience can expect comedic gold.

Downey is often known for playing sarcastic and witty lead roles—just think of him in Iron Man. However, his part in Due Date is a bit different. In this film he plays the straight man to Galifianakis' buffoon. Sure he has his funny moments, but it is clear from the writing that his character is intended to help Galifianakis shine.

Here's the movie in a nutshell: a business man clearly in need of anger management (Downey) is in a rush to get home to be with his wife before the birth of their first child. Due to an unfortunate mishap on an airplane, he is stranded with no means to get home. He is forced to take a cross-country road trip with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis).

The general plot may sound familiar. And it should, Due Date has clearly drawn inspiration from the 1980's John Hughes film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The general idea is the same. Throw a short fused, short tempered workaholic together with a naive, socially awkward guy and just see what happens.

I don't want to spoil too much, but suffice it to say this odd couple comedy is full of ridiculous moments to keep the audience laughing.

That's not to say that the film doesn't have its weaknesses. It does tend to go over the top with some of its situations (Downey getting into a fight with a paraplegic Iraq War veteran). The character development can also seem rushed at times. This is more of a result of the writing than it is of the acting. Downey changes from a heartless businessman into an understanding friend in what seems like a matter of minutes.

The strength of the film is in its casting. Both Downey and Galifianakis do a great job of selling their characters. Which isn't a surprise because they always seem to play the same character.

All in all if you are looking for a raunchy comedy that will keep you laughing, then Due Date is definitely worth your time.


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