by David Schuster
Lately I have found myself being rather charitable in my movie reviews and I’ve asked myself, have I mellowed or have the movies gotten better? Well I’m back to my scrooge self after seeing “Due Date”. This movie was a big disappointment.
“Due Date” follows the script of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” to a tee as a couple of guys who get thrown together to make a cross country trip with disaster around every corner. It worked in the above flick but it fails miserably in this one. Why? Well simply stated Zack Galifianakis is no John Candy. Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. play the two guys who get kicked off a plane and have to get back to L.A. from Atlanta so they rent a car and have numerous screw ups along the way.
Galifianakis’s character annoys the crap out of Downey and he’ll annoy the crap out of you too. And worse yet he’s not the least bit funny. I’ll repeat….Not Funny. I wanted to smack the living daylights out of him myself.
Galifianakis is quickly getting typecasted into this bumbling over weight stoner. It worked to a degree in “The Hangover” and he’ll make good money in that sequel but his career wont go much further unless he gets some different roles. As for Downey, this is far from his best but he’s bullet proof at this point of his career. He can afford to put up with an occasional stinker.
This movie reminded me of the season the Cubs dropped 14 in a row at the beginning of the year and never rebounded. In other words it was over before it started. That’s the way it was for “Due Date”. Just – a single – one star, and I’m still being charitable.