Now on Video: Due Date Starring Robert Downey Jr Movie Review

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The movie "Due Date" was a box office favorite drawing many comparison's to the recent smash hit "The Hangover" and the classic comedy, "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles" starring John Candy and Steve Martin. Here is film review for the 2009 movie, "Due

The movie "Due Date" was a box office favorite drawing many comparison's to the recent smash hit "The Hangover" and the classic comedy, "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles" starring John Candy and Steve Martin. Here is film review for the 2009 movie, "Due Date". The movie stars Robert Downey Jr alongside Zach Galifianakis.

Fans of the old classic "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles" starring John Candy and Steve Martin will notice some similarities in the presentation of this film. Two men travel across the country to make it home for the birth of a child. In this modern reincarnation “Due Date”, Robert Downey Junior does an excellent job of playing the straight man to the unpredictably zany Zach Galifianakis.

Zach Galifianakis plays a character similar to his other films of an absurd and largely unaware man living an odd lifestyle to his own beat reminiscent of the tones and attitude of television and film star Tom Green. This movie is now out to rent and this guide may spark your interest or help you decide to pass.

Robert Downey Junior presents his typical array of emotions quite well to the contrast of his costar on screen. The acting does well enough to deliver more than a few laughs in the film but there are larger problems that make “Due Date” less than great in the scope of long term enjoyment of the film.

In comparison to “The hangover” the plot is more realistic and there are less wildly fantastic happenings in the events of the story. Still a healthy suspension of disbelief may not be enough to convince the audience that Robert Downey Jr’s character could not pull some strings or credit to gain access to an alternate route home.

The concept of the two men surviving their car flipping and landing on its hood from a freeway overpass and not sustaining more serious injuries is also something that is too farfetched to enjoy with the otherwise normal theme of the movie. Slapstick elements frequently provide with quick laughs but there are not enough funny through lines to keep recurring jokes popping to move the plot along.

The usual 200-esque references to drugs keep this movie rated at an R for restricted audiences though the entirety of the film is not terrible absurd or obscene. The small cast performs well and carries the audience’s attention well. Mexico, the grand canyon, and infidelity all play their part in making “Due Date” a suitable movie rental for a good laugh.

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