Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, and Todd Phillips
I know Todd Phillips’s stock has risen tremendously because of The Hangover and this is the result. The Hangover and Old School are OK and Starsky & Hutch and School for Scoundrels are pretty terrible. Due Date can be added to the latter list. I am a fan of both lead actors but I found this to be pretty wretched and unfunny.
Robert Downey Jr. plays an asshole who through a series of ridiculous and pretty unbelievable situations is banned from flying in the United States. Problem is his wife is going to have his baby any minute now and he needs to be there! Oh no! What is one to do? Hope in a cross country road trip with the stranger who caused you to get banned from flying of course! Enter Zach Galifianakis.
I have been a really big fan of Galifianakis’s for a long time and I am glad that he is finally getting his shot but I really hope that in the future he picks better scripts. I totally get why he would be in this movie, big budget, big studio, working with a familiar director etc, I just hope he gets some better material. I will say he is the only funny thing in an other wise really unfunny movie.
The only good gag I felt was ruined in the trailers and tv spots just like Mike Tyson being in every ad for The Hangover. I don’t know why the studio insists on doing this. Instead of waiting to surprise people and have them buzzing as they exit the theatre they ruin any maybe funny moment ahead of time. Comedy a lot of time relies on surprises and this movie has zero.
Robert Downey Jr. isn’t given much to do in this movie except be a dick. The plot “twists” (I guess you could call them that) are totally absurd. It seems to be a weak script that was greenlit quickly off of the success of The Hangover. I am all for a good mismatched buddy road trip comedy and I think a good one could have been made but this definitely isn’t it.