Director Todd Phillips became an overnight success with the hilarious comedy The hangover. Big star of the movie was the unknown newcomer Zach Galifianakis who displayed his talents. Phillips was so impressed with the curly-haired Hobbit-like actor that he assigned him for his next project as well.
In Due date the same old Zach Galifianakis may rise again to the occasion of a completely mental yet cheerful character. This time he plays a wannabe-actor on his way to Hollywood who causes problems everywhere he goes. The actor with Greek roots clearly enjoys his part, which translates in first-class comedy of one of the funniest guys in America today.
Also in the movie is Robert Downey Jr. who is one of today’s most expensive actors, mostly thanks to the success of Iron man.
He too is given a lot of freedom, which means he can do pretty much what he wants in some scenes. Mostly though he spouts a few funny one-liners, but he’s also the character in the movie who sets up the serious undertone.
The actor – who had his breakthrough in 1998 as a mysterious cop in the far-too-often-underestimated Fugitive-sequel U.S. Marshals – plays an ordinary man in this movie who simply wants to get home to before his wife goes into labor. To miss the birth of his first child would be unthinkable …
Movie buffs all around the world will have immediately recognized that Due date is nothing more than a ripped-apart and rebuilt version of the 80’s classic Planes, trains & automobiles.
To say that the original movie is better is a childish understatement! The John Candy–Steve Martin road movie is best compared to an exhausting fitness-training on your abdominals (read: belly muscles) where in fact this movie is nothing more than a few sit-ups.
The story contains enough crazy twists and turns to keep you satisfied as a viewer, but the movie is just not as funny as, for example, The naked gun or Dumb & dumber.
But don’t let that spoil the fun for you … Due date is much better than 80% of all comedies made in America today.
Let’s be honest – when was the last time you laughed out loud in the cinema?
did you know?
Todd Phillips shot the film as a form of battery-charged therapy after the intensity and pressure of filming the first Hangover, and just prior to making the second.
Give it to me straight:
Due date is a simple yet pretty rewarding comedy when you’re looking for an evening of cheap laughs, rapped in a typical American package.
Don’t expect a sophisticated bundle of jokes, because there ain’t none. The story is crammed to the top with playful acts of violence and superficial anecdotes, but it’s enough to allow you to relax – and isn’t that what a good comedy is all about?