Due Date is a great example of a movie that the critics hate and the fans love. Hailed to be a movie with as much humor as The Hangover, Due Date falters greatly when attempting to focus almost completely on star Zach Galifianakis’ ability to be weird, awkward, and very annoying. The humor in this movie goes into two very distinct directions; utterly hilarious and absolutely revolting. This being said, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis work amazingly well together as a mix-matched friendship that would have never occurred unless a bong, that was thought to contain toxic chemicals, had been found in Downey Jr.’s bag on an airplane. Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis), a striving Hollywood actor, and Peter Highman (Downey Jr.), a soon-to-be father whose wife is going into labor in the next 3 days, rush to California to bear witness to the birth of his first child.
By the end of this movie, many audience members had to fight the urge to run up to the screen and hit Tremblay in the face. From doing unmentionable things next to Peter, to getting stoned and driving into Mexico, Tremblay is one very annoying character. Unlike in The Hangover, when Galifianakis was very comical with his oddities, in Due Date he goes to the extreme and becomes possible one of the most annoying characters ever. Another flaw with this movie was the casting of Robert Downey Jr.. Nothing against Mr. Downey Jr.’s acting skills, which were superb, it is just that after the Iron Man movies, he should be sticking to action movies and not second-rate comedies.
In conclusion, Due Date is not really worth the time or the money to go see alone, but with friends, the movie becomes slightly more enjoyable and bearable. Though at ten dollars a movie, why not go see a movie with a better plot and better humor, like Megamind. All-in-all, Due Date is about a 5 out of 10 and it would be better to wait and rent this movie once it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.