Due Date: A generic buddy comedy

Due Date has been on my TBW file for quite sometime now, and had I not read a review from a fellow blogger about it, it would have gotten buried deeper in the pile. The movie features two of Hollywood’s biggest names Robert Downey Jr. and comedic prodigy Zach Galifianakis (still not sure if i spelled his name right), who made a name from The Hangover several years back.

Anyways, Due Date is a buddy comedy cut in the same thread as The Hangover or Dude Where’s My Car? which throws Downey, who plays a straitlaced architect Peter Highman rushing to return to California for the birth of his first child, with Galifianakis, who takes on the role of yet another weirdo Ethan Tremblay, a struggling actor on his way to meet with an agent in Hollywood to get a role in Two and a Half Men.

The film starts off with the two characters’ chance meeting in an airport which leads to a luggage switch, getting thrown off the plane for causing a commotion, and a reluctant road trip in order to make it to Peter’s wife’s delivery on time.

As with any other buddy comedy, the series of mishaps is a given in this film, some to the point of extreme grossness and some quite cliche. I was a bit annoyed at Downey’s character Peter at the beginning because he was just so mean to Ethan, who may seem weird but is generally a nice guy who is clueless but basically only wants a friend.

All in all, the film is quite funny and would bring a smile to even the most cynical viewer at one point or another, but the problem is that it isn’t memorable. It plays like a collage of other buddy comedies, incorporating successful elements to form this hour and 35 minute long feature. Galifianakis actually reminded me of the overearnest Joe Pesci in the Lethal weapon movie where Mel Gibson welcomed his baby into the world, which isn’t a bad thing. There were dramatic moments in the film as well, which provided a glimpse of Galifianakis’s potential in roles other than weird hairy potheads.

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