Grade: C –
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, and Jamie Foxx
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
It says something about the current comic movie landscape when a scene featuring a dog masturbating can somehow seem strangely passé. So, how does director Todd Phillips up the ante in his latest, the loopy road trip Due Date? Put that pooch in a car with Zach Galifianakis as he, too, engages in self-love in the front seat while Robert Downey Jr. looks on in frightful disgust.
Before the overrated The Hangover left audiences rushing to chisel Phillips’ face into the Mount Rushmore of comedy movie directors, he spawned such gutter dwellers as the equally overrated Old School, along with School for Scoundrels, the Starkey & Hutch spoof, and Road Trip. In other words, his is a career founded strictly on the sophomoric portrayal of men accessing their primordial id.
And such is the premise for Due Date, a quasi retread of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in which semi-douchey father-to-be Peter (
Literalism is a bad prerequisite to apply to most movies, so even though Peter loses his wallet and means of identification, try to not preoccupy yourself over why pregnant wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) doesn’t just go online and buy her husband a bus or train ticket. Or, why Peter continues to ride with the grating Ethan beyond
Misadventures are the order of the day, of course, although the result is less “Harold and Kumar Go to
*Originally published at http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/due-date-doesnt-deliver/Content?oid=1770806