At first glance, Due Date doesn’t seem to have much going for it. Despite a cast that includes such superstars like Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Galifianakis, a cameo by Jaime Foxx, and direction from Todd “The Hangover” Phillips, it’s really just another buddy-comedy film in a long line of tired, buddy-comedy films. Essentially, its a concept that probably wouldn’t have gotten the attention it did had it not been for the marquee names involved, and an easy “skip” for those unimpressed by such things and looking to spend a few bucks on its theatrical release. I should know, as I was one of those who chose to ‘wait for the video’ to arrive, and now that it has I’m almost kicking myself for skipping this one out of haste.
When our own Chris Pandolfi reviewed the theatrical version of the movie last October, he was less-than-impressed with what he say. Here’s an excerpt from the official review (which you can read in its entirety right HERE). Here’s what he thought:
“Crude movies can be hilariously enjoyable, but there has to be something more to it other than crudeness, if you get my meaning; things like an engaging plot, good characters, and a clever screenplay. This movie falls short in every respect. Consider a brief subplot involving Jamie Foxx, who plays Peter’s best friend. When Peter suspects him of something terrible, we expect it to be integral to the rest of the film. But it isn’t. In fact, it’s resolved almost as soon as it begins. That begs the question of why this particular subplot was included in the first place. I suspect it was only because it gave Downey and Foxx another chance to work together following The Soloist. Due Date tries and tries hard, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t have what it takes to be a comedy classic.”
Perhaps Due Date is the type of comedy that doesn’t play as well in theaters as it does from the comfort of your own couch (or likewise sitting apparatus-of-choice), but I actually liked it, and thought it was a pretty fun little movie. While its not as good or inventive as Todd Phillips’ last blockbuster The Hangover (also featuring Galifianakis) and is probably overstuffed with enough tired road trip clichés to ruin the best parts (go figure) but there’s just something about the Odd Couple-style chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis that felt genuine and appealing to me. Maybe I’d have felt a little disappointed walking out of the theater on this one, too, but watching with the option to pause and share my copy with friends makes all the difference in the world.
The special features on the Blu-ray are pretty crazy, too, such as a three-minute long “Two and a Half Men” scene featuring the cast of the show with Galifianakis’ character playing along. There’s also the always funny gag reel, with nearly seven full minutes of the cast and crew just having fun. There’s also three minutes worth of deleted scenes, and two unnecessary, but fun features called “Due Date: Too Many Questions” and “Due Date: Action Mash Up”, in which they show all the annoying questions Galifianakis’ character asks Downey Jr.’s character in the film, and the other showing all the movie’s best physical comedy / action scenes. This edition also included a DVD + Digital Copy for those fans who don’t need to get their laugh on in high-definition, rounding out a fairly routine – but quality – release.
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