Due Date

I saw this movie recently, persuaded to do so by my son, who suggested that it would be a really funny movie to watch together.

It was only slightly funny and at most places a bit crude in language delivery.

I remembered Zach Galifianakis from the “Hangover” movies and thought that this is going to be hilarious. Actually while Zach tried to act it out in the movie rather well, somehow the pair of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach did not click. They are completely mis-matched and do not jell well, though the initial outpouring of seemingly matched tit-for-tat dialogues was rapid and difficult to decipher unless one is intensely following the same.

It is rather difficult to believe that a first class passenger (with probably a long history of flying) was being put on a no-fly list just for harassing another passenger. Notwithstanding that incredulity, the movie further pushes one to the limits of credibility when the same two guys meet at the same car rental company to rent cars to drive some 2,000 miles cross-country.

Robert Downey Jr. is a good actor and has a way of performing his role in a slightly disconnected manner – sometimes a tad effective as a speaker-jester. I remembered him from the movie Iron Man. So it is difficult to conclude that this pair of rather competent actors could not deliver a more hilarious movie. The movie centers around only these two folks and there is nothing much else in the movie to see.

The one thing that the movie unambiguously conveys is the possibility that anything goes in the U.S. – such a diverse country populated by very diverse characters who take undue risks which would be considered foolhardy in other places. And, may be that is the charm of the U.S. as well – its diversity probably drives innovation and creativity.

The movie ends as expected – Robert Downey Jr. manages to reach Los Angeles in time to see the birth of his first child. But the journey he undertook from Atlanta to Los Angeles defies any logic and is rather difficult to believe. The most damning thing in support of this point is the scene in the movie in which Zach manages to pull out Robert from detention on the Mexican side of the border in a tow truck which pulls the trailer used by the Mexican border guards.

Overall this movie is a time killer and somewhat funny, but my rating struggles at less than a 3 star out of a possible 5 stars.

Better qualify the movie soundly before watching !


Vijay Srinivasan
28th April 2012


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