"Due Date" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:58:50
Every generation has its quintessential road comedy. The '80s rode Planes, Trains and Automobiles to the funny farm, while the grunge kids got Tommy Boy to cheer them up in the wake of Kurt Cobain's death.
Director Todd Phillips—the genius at the helm of The Hangover, Old School and Road Trip—has graced the Facebook generation with the most raucous, rowdy and raunchy road movie ever, Due Date.
Due Date is far and away the funniest film of 2010, and the laughs come non-stop from Phillips' latest comedy classic.
The story follows Peter Highman—the ever-amazing Robert Downey, Jr.—a man trying to make it home on time for the birth of his first child. However, from the second he hits the curb at the airport, Ethan Tremblay—Zach Galifianakis at his best—shakes up his path. After both men end up on a "no-fly" list, the two are stuck together trying to make it to Los Angeles. Right when they hit the road, the madness ensues.
Due Date requires multiple viewings just to even imbibe all the hilarity. As with all of Phillips' movies, the humor is sharpest during the offbeat, unexpected moments. Watching Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA as a TSA cop interrogating Robert Downey Jr. is sidesplitting. RZA's response to being called "inappropriate" is simply, "That's some fucked up shit."
Or, there's another memorable aside where Tremblay and Highman stop off at Heidi's [Juliette Lewis]for weed. Downey tangles with her kids, while Galifianakis does his best Brando impersonation through a plume of smoke. When the subject turns to perms—and Tremblay is damn proud of his—Lewis's response punches Tremblay verbally, "Only fucking jerk-offs get perms."
Galifianakis reacts with a subtle sensitivity that really brings the character to life and makes him even funnier. His Tremblay is strangely innocent, proudly telling Highman, "I got 90 friends on Facebook. 12 are pending." Galifianakis makes the character genuinely believable, and that's where the comedy and hint of tragedy arise, making Due Date more than just another laugh fest. Check Galifianakis's scene in a rest stop bathroom for true proof of how powerful he can get, of course his character ends up whacking off in a car alongside Sonny the bulldog. Nevertheless, Tremblay is always truthful.
Galifianakis and Downey have a chemistry that sizzles. Downey's playing the regular guy this time around, but his anger is always about to bubble over. Watch him spit at Tremblay's dog or flip out at Danny McBride. He's a masterful actor that can inject raw emotionality into everything.
As with all of Phillips' films, the soundtrack is perfect. From MIMS to Cream, the tunes hit during all the right moments. Continuing the musical thread, Tremblay sports a pretty sweet Lilith Fair t-shirt that surely has some amazing back story to it…
UItimately, Due Date is everything a comedy should be. It's ballsy and brilliant, delivering the biggest laughs of the year and a whole lot more.
Will you be seeing Due Date?
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