“Due Date” Laughed Enough

Genres: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: November 5th, 2010
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug use and sexual content.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Todd Phillips

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Maybe, yes.
Own it: Maybe…yes?
Recommend it to: People that enjoy funny like The Hangover, but don’t go in thinking it’s better than or just like…think of it as in similar to via humor-wise.

Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) is thrown off the plane, put on the no fly list and does not have his private information all because of accidentally running into Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) who bring chaos wherever he goes. Ethan gets a rental car and invites Peter to ride with him to California since Peter has to get to his wife who’s going to have their baby any day now. It’s technically the road trip from hell. Due Date.

Due Date had great moments where I laughed until a tear teetered on falling, but that was only twice. I think that’s good enough for me. I love laughing and love comedies. This has been compared to a poorer The Hangover, but if you intend on seeing it your best bet is to not to think of it as the same, but only as similar.

I believe in giving a movie a few days to marinate in my head before I come to a conclusion. There are a few exceptions to that rule and they are the films I give an A+. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Due Date right after. I think I expected a little bit more drama, but the laughs got were good laughs, so I was only a little conflicted. At the end, I expected heart stings to pull and a few tears to beg to fall, but that didn’t happen. Comedy-drama mix works well and it seemed Due Date wanted that as an outcome.

It deserves the B+ but is closer to a B than it is to an A- if I were to show it on an actual scale of some sort. Yes, the time probably had something to do with it. It’s important to have the film at the right length so that the laughter doesn’t necessarily stop, but the flow of the story isn’t interrupted by an emotion or slowness that wasn’t foreshadowed earlier.

Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis are a comedic duo that didn’t leave me without a laugh whenever they were having their heated exchanges. Every single scene in the trailer is as funny in the film and there’s more. There’s fun with a trailer, an obnoxious child, perm hair, how someone relaxes before going to sleep in the car, the sleeping while driving, the aftermath of a car accident, drinking not coffee, and other funny moments. I feel that movie watching can be likened to great food. Once you have that awesome tasting food from any restaurant (no matter if it’s high end or not) and go to another that has similar food and the dish isn’t as good, you sigh in sadness that it didn’t live up to your imaginary standards. Films are the same exact way, The Hangover set a high bar for rated R comedies, none have met it, and the few that tried and got close only missed for minor reasons. I dislike snooty people when it comes to taste in singing, food or whatever. I base my likes on more than if I liked it or not. There has to be more than just that simplistic pass or fail idea. With me just because the food isn’t as good doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it for what it is instead of what I wished it could be…films are no different.

“Glee” does covers of many songs I know of, but don’t own the originals. Their covers tend to be better, to me, than the originals--i.e. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance or this week’s Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. I own all the Glee clovers. I enjoy the different spin. I try to not be totally shut off from many different forms of music or movies (unless it’s horror…please bore me with crickets instead) and look at it for what it is more than compare it. I try.

Due Date is a fun and funny film mainly because of the actors and a good script. There’s a little excess in the script that could have been snippet as well as a character or two given more fluff. The great thing about being a writer is that you can create moments where you wish you could have done this at one time or another but couldn’t because it wasn’t possible or just out of reach with your reality, but in the reality you create anything is possible. It’s entertaining to see what would be fun to do to a bratty kid or obnoxious Mexican cops who are overly condescending for no reason than having a terrible power trip. Due Date is an odd fantasy of child abuse and spit on those who are power hungry butt-heads. It dabbles in the how nice do you have to be to someone who is in a wheelchair. The idea that all those who have disabilities are nice should be crushed, because some use it as a crutch to get what they want. This is one of the reasons I gave it a B+, because Due Date refused to parlay in the circle of political correctness. If you want to spit on PC and stomp it into nonexistence, then Due Date gots a few laughs for you. Sit back and enjoy the show. I laughed enough.

I write like: David Foster Wallace

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