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  • Summary: Peter Highman is an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay forces PeterPeter Highman is an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan--on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter's last nerve. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 15, 2010
    80
    Phillips goes too far sometimes (border-jail breakout?), but his new direction is promising.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 15, 2010
    70
    So infuriating is Ethan that Due Date very nearly loses us, too, at the outset, but over time, the bearded boor manages to win everyone over, audience included.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 15, 2010
    67
    And so by the time the pair admire the Grand Canyon and, Due Date has lost its way, relying on its leading men to lead by charisma alone, even though their characters have nowhere interesting to go besides the happily-ever-after of dull, responsible male maturity.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 15, 2010
    50
    A rather pat, occasionally desperate road comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 15, 2010
    50
    Todd Phillips' follow-up to the most successful R-rated comedy of all time serves up its share of laughs while not actually providing a terribly enjoyable time because of a queasy undercurrent that never goes away.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 15, 2010
    50
    Like the direction, the script veers all over the place before reaching its inevitable, unsurprising destination.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 15, 2010
    25
    The comedy never really takes off because it's phony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 60
  2. Negative: 4 out of 60
  1. May 3, 2012
    10
    You do not give a movie this amazing anything below 90/100 or 9/10, so **** you u dicks! it has an original story line along with amazingYou do not give a movie this amazing anything below 90/100 or 9/10, so **** you u dicks! it has an original story line along with amazing acting and a well written script. Robert downey jr shows he can do more then just play a overly intelligent person who is massively arrogant, also Zach Galifianakis has been put into a role perfect for him again! the fact this go 51/100 and 5.2/10 makes me sick! Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2010
    9
    this is a great movie it has all the funny features of a classic comedy. When i first heard of this movie my first thought was it sound tackythis is a great movie it has all the funny features of a classic comedy. When i first heard of this movie my first thought was it sound tacky and horrible but when my friends took me to see it i was shocked of how funny it was. The beginning of the movie it isn't all that great but later on it gets amazing. If you like the movie like the hangover then you will love this movie. Expand
  3. Aug 4, 2013
    8
    Don't be fooled by its invisible title- 'Due Date' is a rare gem. No more than a comedy, but no less than it either, it is the movie you wantDon't be fooled by its invisible title- 'Due Date' is a rare gem. No more than a comedy, but no less than it either, it is the movie you want to see if you miss laughing from your heart and brain, and if you want to remember that feeling for some time before its stolen by slapstick senselessness.
    This comedy does not have a bucketful of curses, wise lines and pranks, nor needs it, for it has a forgotten true sense of humor and therefore-excellent rhythm between funny and serious. Most uniquely however, it has excavated humor's vital ingredient-a story from reality, extraordinary enough to tell, but that can befall us all.
    Everyone can identify with the tale of expecting to wake up to a normal day and easily fulfill one's plans, when the prankster of life suddenly makes it all go extremely wrong. And everyone can laugh at its tragic comedy, however often it has been told, especially when it is highlighted in a character who doesn't see it coming at all. A fully socially proper, politically correct and controlled, technologically supported and psychologically eloquent modern husband and careerist who even knows when his child will be exactly born.
    Especially when he is played by Mr. Robert Downey Junior, who is so brilliant and believable in this role, that one takes it to be truly him. But for the excellently chosen subtle strangeness in his face and demeanor, that is eventually fully blown out by his co-star and co-traveler Mr. Galifianakis who excellently plays his annoying, ludicrous, socially intolerable and unconstrained opposite.
    Even though the film itself leads to the conclusion that it is all about their hilarious mismatch and misfortune of traveling together cross country that is forced on Robert Downey by Galifianakis, and that will end in life-changing friendship, this is a comedy that perhaps hides a deeper message. By causing utter havoc to one modern man's plans, it destroys his metrosexual mask, it dares to reveal his humanity and suppressed rage underneath it, with the falsehood of the signs of our times he every so often bumps into on his long journey home. The words one must not utter in an airplane, the politically correct way of dealing with nasty children, and our wives' best friends writing them e-mails. After all, would the size of Juliette Lewis, Jamie Fox and Rza, appear in this movie for anything less?
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  4. Nov 8, 2010
    6
    ok saw the movie. and well it had some really funny parts but then it was missing something thast i still can´t put my finger on.ok saw the movie. and well it had some really funny parts but then it was missing something thast i still can´t put my finger on. if you want to have a good laugh and like to smoke marajauan you can´t miss this movie.. Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    6
    I liked the film and it did have quite a few funny moments. However its really the same old same old that we expect from Todd Phillips so dontI liked the film and it did have quite a few funny moments. However its really the same old same old that we expect from Todd Phillips so dont expect to be blown away by it. Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifanakis work great together and definently make the movie that much better. Expand
  6. Feb 1, 2011
    5
    I guess you only get one chance to make a movie so hilariously funny at The Hangover. If you're expecting a comedy equal from the sameI guess you only get one chance to make a movie so hilariously funny at The Hangover. If you're expecting a comedy equal from the same director, alas no. As most have noted it's a sort of remake of the classic Trains, Planes and Automobiles, without the heart of John Candy. Sure there are laughs but I didn't find the characters believable. Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis sound like a dream team. I loved him in the recent Its Kind of a Funny Story, here he's kind of annoying. And Downey is just too way too uptight. Oh well. Maybe next time. Expand
  7. Jun 5, 2011
    0
    This was so boring. So obvious and so basic. B.o.r.i.n.g. The Characters were dull and the movie was so monotonous. I would not recommend thisThis was so boring. So obvious and so basic. B.o.r.i.n.g. The Characters were dull and the movie was so monotonous. I would not recommend this movie. No Thrills here. Expand

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