Saturday, November 13, 2010

Due Date - A Review

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Due Date
Starring: Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis
Released: November 5th 2010

   What do you get when you take two of Hollywood's hottest stars and place them with one of the best comedic directors around? Simple. A pretty good movie.

    Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis take their turn in a classic movie cliche: the road trip. From Bob Hope and Bing Crosby to Steve Martin and John Candy the road trip movie is a classic and Robert and Zach preform admirably. 

    Robert Downey Jr plays a character that is similar to all other Robert Downey Jr characters who needs to make it home in time to see the birth of his first child and after a series of unfortunate incidents his only way home is with Ethan Tremblay(Zach) an aspiring(albeit awkward) actor. Hilarity ensues.

    There really isn't much of a need for me to go much further than that in terms of story-line or acting ability. The story is well written, acted and directed. You will laugh from beginning to end and there are definitely some scenes that come right out of left field.

    However, while I ultimately liked this movie quite a bit, I feel like it lacked originality and thus some of the fun was gone for me before it ended. If you've seen "The Hangover" and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" then you've seen "Due Date". And it's because the movie feels so familiar that it falls just short of being an "instant classic". It still may end up being a classic, just not instantly.

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