Plot: In a bizarre turn of events, uptight business man Peter who is in a hurry to get to LA in time for the birth of his first child, gets kicked off his flight without his passport, his credit cards or cash and is forced to
take a 4 day trip to LA with the guy who caused it, a 23 yr old manchild called Ethan Tremblay.
Wow/Urgh: Ethan( Zach Galifianakis) was the kind of son whom if you'd had a vision about his future, would induce even Sarah Palin to hot tail it to Australia for a midnight appointment with Dr Christian Fiala.
He was also the guy who carried the movie (sorry Robert Downey Fans). From his girly walk to his tantrums. He sort of grew on you. You empathized, you cringed, you'd feel like slapping the taste outta his mouth many times. There were sappy moments but they were truncated very manfully..eg when Peter told us the painful story about the last time he saw his father and Ethan burst out laughing at that most sappy moment.
Robert Downey Jnr. Was a bit too macho, a bit too high strung, a bit too Robert for this movie. He did make me laugh admittedly but never by himself. Robbie, darling, pls stick to the action packed plots alright? Comedy isn't for you ....yet. Wait till you loose your head of hair first.
Jamie Foxx would have been forgettable except he featured in the more memorable funny scene like 'Dead man's coffee'.
Then there was Sonny the wanking dog. Really.... we have to stop violating the rights of dogs in movies. Should the public really be allowed to see a doggies' privates? Or is it ethical to train a dog in the art of paw
masturbation? Come on. Seems I need to launch my Doggy protest again.
If you blink thrice - you would miss the beautiful Michelle Monaghan - the due wife.
p.s. I suppose this was more of a male flick .... but is it me or does Robert avoid strong female leads in his movies?
Due Date was funny but it could have been a whole lot funnier. It's definitely not the kinda movie you sit, savour and reminisce over. More like the kind that when the credits roll across the screen, you get up from your chair and start thinking of that frozen macaroni dinner in the fridge.
Ginger scores it 5.8/10