Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #267 Due Date

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Movie #267 Due Date

(2010, US, d. Todd Phillips)

Like most modern comedies these days, Due Date is convinced that what gets people to laugh in the theaters is the ability to “out-raunch” the previous raunchy comedy and up the ante on everything. One of these days, someone will realize how wrong they are. The best comedies need, like any good film, to rely on character. Due Date is a film that, obviously, doesn’t do this. It stars Robert Downey Jr and Zack Galifianakis as two strangers who are forced to cross the country together in mad rush, trying to make it to the birth of Downey’s kid in LA. Apart from that, there are moments when Phillips tries to genuinely insert sentiment and character into it. The only problem is that it’s impossible to ever really take Galifianikis’ character seriously. Ever. Sure we can sympathize with the fact that his father died and they didn’t really have the best of relationships, but the fact is that imagining Galifianakis saying any of this is enough to crack a smile on my face. And as for the rest of the film, Due Date, though a tad beter than most modern comedies, still relies on gags for a large part of its appeal – and that only works when the gags are really, really, really freaking good. With uninspired guest appearances by the likes of Danny McBride and Jamie Foxx, Due Date sort of makes you laugh, sort of makes you smile, and only sort of makes you tell other people you liked it. Sort of.

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