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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) Expand
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: Rick Groen
    Dec 15, 2010
    50
    Manic with an itch.
  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: 40 out of 61
  2. Negative: 4 out of 61
  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 24, 2014
    8
    A funny, insane, and insanely funny movie.

    Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) really has some temper issues. It seems like he's looking at it,
    A funny, insane, and insanely funny movie.

    Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) really has some temper issues. It seems like he's looking at it, although I'm not sure whether this road trip was the best thing for him... It seems he came through in the end; bad-tempered and easily irritated, Peter is put into a real test of wills when a man he's never met before causes him to end up on the no-fly list, takes him to the Mexican border and almost ends up killing them - while they are trying to get to LA for the birth of Peter's child!

    Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) is a... special case. I didn't really get him. He was nice, and very weird. Almost too nice and too weird. But he also brought the comedy into the big picture, almost naturally.

    Sonny, Ethan's French bulldog, was insanely cute but also overlooked; they could have used the dog so much more. Then again, perhaps it was good they left the dog out of the action, seeing how much it had to endure as it was...

    There were parts in the plot - and especially characters - who didn't really give anything to the story in general. That gave the pace of the story a bit more slack than it needed, taking us to places that weren't entirely useful. Then again, they had a meaning, albeit a small one, in the general picture.

    Altogether, this is a road trip I'll want to see again. Such turns of events, such misery and pain, not to mention the hi-speed chase. A little unrealistic and unbelievable at places, but I liked this movie - and not just because Robert Downey Jr. happens to be one of my favorite actors.
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  4. Nov 11, 2010
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "Due Date" uses the same template as John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", but the template is broken now, and it was a perfectly servicable template, even worse, 1987 called because the yesteryear wants its movie back. 1987 wants to know why every comedy being produced from the major studios pander to the lowest common denominator. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", albeit formulaic through and through the entire running time, was able to telegraph its happy ending without the brazen disregard for plausibility that "Due Date" is guilty of. Peter Highman(Robert Downey Jr.) is such a city mouse, the a**hole of a city mouse, the filmmaker should just let him be, without having to worry about redeeming him, especially since he's teamed up with a country mouse, the a**hole of a country mouse, who doesn't seem like the same character after both men are asked to leave the plane. At the drop-off area, Ethan Trembly(Zach Galifinakas) is inscrutable; he makes eye contact with Peter, a nonchalance that seems exceedingly bold, coming so soon after the car he arrived in, ripped off the door of the architect's taxi. Later, while both men are standing together curbside, Ethan knocks over Peter's luggage and resigns himself from the common courtesy of picking it up. Once on the plane, Ethan walks to his seat as if the 747 was a yacht he personally owned, placing his carry-on luggage in the overhead compartment without the slightest acknowledgement that he's fat and an owner of a hirsute belly, haphazardly concealed within a buttoned shirt, aligned strategically with Peter's face, a magnet, as it turns out. "Due Date" would have been a whole lot fresher had both men remained formidable opponents, but once they hit the road, the relationship turns hierarchical, in which Ethan stops playing "dumb", and Peter asserts himself as the sophisticate who doesn't suffer fools gladly. The words and actions that Peter unleashes on Ethan are so hurtful, so rooted in class consciousness, they practically blow away the "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" template to smithereens. The architect's contempt for the budding actor seems just too intense, going so far, at one point, as telling the "Two and a Half Men" enthusiast that he despises him "on a cellular level". On another occasion, Peter slams Ethan's permed head on a truck, almost hard enough to cause a concussion. In the 1987 John Hughes classic, Neal Page(Steve Martin) may have disliked his accidental companion immensely, but his aversion for Del(John Candy) never coalesced into full-blown hatred. It was John Hughes at his best that the moviegoer didn't mutter to himself, "Yeah, right," when Neal invites the big lug over for Thanksgiving dinner. The late Hughes was a humanist with a pragmatic touch. With its over-reliance on a masturbating dog and drug-related humor for laughs, "Due Date" should have played off the sentimental tropes found in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" rather than recast them in such a vulgarian context. It's hard to believe Peter when he says, "I love you," to his fellow traveller, not after Peter spit in Ethan's dog's face and mocks the Arkansasian man for having the rube dream of making it big in Hollywood. He doesn't care about other people. The filmmaker establishes this fact early in the film, as Peter ignores the friendly driver who tries to engage him in a conversation during their jaunt to the airport. We get it. Peter only talks to people he deems worthwhile. A car figures in a later scene, where Peter has second thoughts about ditching his "friend" after forgetting to throw out the coffee can containing Ethan's father's ashes. Neal Page would turn around and go back, not Peter Highman, but he turns around anyway, because that's the formula, the steady progression from antagonists to friends, culminating in the scene at the Grand Canyon, where Peter seems exceedingly sensitive while encouraging Ethan to honor his father's last wish, and say goodbye. This is total bulls*it. It feels forced. This loser means nothing to him. But a formula is a formula, which makes you realize how a film like "Planes, Trains and Automobile" covers its tracks much better than "Due Date", a funny enough film that might have benefited even more had Ethan been allowed to be Peter's sparring partner, not whipping boy. That's the movie we see in the set-up. Interestingly enough, the sparring partner makes a cameo, soon after Ethan gets roughed up by Peter, when a loaded gun that the actor(remember: he's an actor) finds in the glove compartment, accidentally, of course, goes off, and hits the abusive architect in the leg. It's a taste of what "Due Date" could have been, and might have been in the original draft: a dark road comedy. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2011
    6
    "Due Date" doesn't really have that much of a blast. It wasn't a movie that will blow your brains out with humor, but it will just....delight you.
  6. Feb 24, 2011
    5
    There are some funny moments, particularly some of the guffy Galifianakis moments, but neither Downey Jr, nor the celebrity supportingThere are some funny moments, particularly some of the guffy Galifianakis moments, but neither Downey Jr, nor the celebrity supporting appearances of Foxx and Lewis make this a film to recommend, mostly due to the average material in hand. 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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