Due Date

In “Due Date,” Zach Galifianakis teams up with Robert Downey Jr., in this comedy about a high-maintenance father, Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) desperately trying to make it home to his pregnant wife before her supposed due date.   Unfortunately, his plans are delayed by Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) the moment he enters Highman’s life.

Soon misunderstandings are occurring and we find both Highman and Tremblay on the road after being kicked off an airplane for saying the word “bomb.”   Whose fault do you think it was?

For the rest of the movie, we see how annoyed Highman becomes with Tremblay by merely the clash of their personalities.   Highman is a successful architect, organized and blunt where as Tremblay is an aspiring actor with extremely bad luck and an unintelligent nature.   Comparable to Steve Martin and John Candy’s relationship in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” their interaction goes through cycles of hatred, disdain, annoyingness and finally friendship.

Both characters have major issues that are brought out by each other – but I feel it’s for the better.   By the end of the movie, we can see how they have changed.  

Both actors are incredible actors and they were casted perfectly in this movie and although the humor is rather sporadic, it succeeds in hitting it’s mark.   After last summer’s favored hit “The Hangover,” it only seems fair to make Zach Galifanakis play an ‘Alan type’ character for the rest of his movie career.   His naïve and childish nature provides immediate smiles and laughs.   Put that together with Downey Jr.’s ability to coat humor with extreme sarcasm, the movie has a genuine appeal to it.

Co-stars include Jaime Fox and Juliette Lewis.   “Due Date” is now playing at RC Theaters.
Rating 2/4 stars