Review: Due Date
We all know that Zach Galifianakis is a genius actor – his wolf pack antics in The Hangover had (and continues to have) us gripping our sides in hysterics. But the hairy, chubby, funny-man excels alongside Robert Downey Jr in Due Date and, if it’s possible, had us laughing even more.
The plot of Due Date is very similar to classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It follows Peter Highman (Downey Jr), a business man who is desperately trying to get home to his pregnant wife. Enter Ethan (Galifianakis), an aspiring Hollywood actor who is obsessed with his deaf dog and his dad’s ashes – he even keeps the ashes safe in a coffee tin for the duration of the movie. Following a mix up at the airport the awkward pair are forced to embark on a road trip together to make it back to Los Angeles. What ensues is a hilarious mixture of arguments and punch ups that all begin to delay Downey’s character from making it to the birth of his first child.
What is so intriguing about Due Date is the chemistry between Downey Jr and Galifianakis. Sure, the characters aren’t supposed to be ‘made for each other’ but we were genuinely shocked at the casting – it was difficult to imagine these two stars working on screen together. But the casting is what makes the movie so watchable – you can’t help but empathise with Peter and (predictably) Ethan makes you want to punch your own face in sheer frustration at his stupidity. But the characters are so real and so likeable – it’s nice to watch their relationship unfold.
Particularly funny moments include Galifianakis’ character falling asleep at the wheel and driving the pair off of a bridge and the ‘rescue’ scene where Ethan dresses like karate kid and saves Peter. There are, of course, some awkward moments including the scene where Peter deliberates over emptying the coffee tin of ashes onto a highway.
Overall Due Date is a great exploration of friendship and really does challenge the concept ‘don’t judge a book by the cover.’ It’s a must watch comedy that’s a bit different from the rest.