- Release Date: 5th November, 2010
- Director: Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School)
- Writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland
- Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zack Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx
A French Bulldog, Iron Man and the odd one from The Hangover... This is what the film is made of, so you know instantly it's a mixture of pure Hollywood delight. With the genre as comedy, the film certainly lives up to expectation. And being based around a road trip, you can just imagine the sort of trauma they get themselves into. This, everyone, is Due Date.
From the sound of the title, it doesn't necessarily make guys want to jump out of their seats to watch this film. But this is man heaven in terms of themes running throughout. We've got drugs, alcohol, women and the essence of cool, Robert Downey Jr. It doesn't match up to the director's most successful comedy, The Hangover, but fans of this will enjoy the tale of the story, with the delivery of one liners and mixture of eccentric characters.
Galifianakis is just pure delight to watch on screen. He is what every film needs in order to be a successful comedy. Playing a camp, creepy, unaware out of work actor, him and Sunny (the dog) make even the most mundane scenes funny. But weirdly enough, he also captures your heart with his adorable love and passion for life. There are moments that silence the laughter and make you listen to what he has to say - That is power over the audience right there. With him working alongside Robert Downey Jr., it really is an enjoyable love/hate
relationship you just can't get enough of.
The flow of the story is much like Phillips' previous work. It starts off setting the scene that is almost dragged out, and as the story carries on, the action becomes more and more dramatic. Even with scenes that can't possibly be funny, he manages to cram some sort of stupid slapstick joke that catches you off guard sending your laugh into overload.
You go into the film expecting really funny dialogue, and are fully satisfied. The trouble with this sort of genre is that the trailer usually has all the best bits, but that's just not the case. It's a great take on the road trip tale, with brilliant personalities, a driven plot and unexpected giggles. If you want cheering up, or don't want to take things too seriously for a couple of hours, give this a gander.
Sunny will be the love of your life after this film - Here's a curious YouTube clip of another kooky French Bulldog: