"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Movie Review: Due Date

Imagine taking a cross-country trip with someone you barely know but already dislike so much.  Due Date is that film.  Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter Highman, an architect trying to make home to Los Angeles from Atlanta to witness the birth of his first child.  Along the way, he has the misfortune to run into Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) , an actor who's headed to Hollywood to make it big.  On Two and a Half Men!!

The whole film is a misadventure after misadventure as the two men antagonize each other, tolerate each other and slowly become friends.  Ethan is a man-child with a dog, Sonny, who doesn't quite get why Peter is so mad at him all the time.  Peter, on the other hand, is in danger of turning into The Hulk whenever Ethan frustrates him.  The laughs in the movie are big, I was crying with laughter many many times.  But somehow, I was expecting more from the director who brought us Hangover.  Peter's personality changed so many times over the course of the film, it was almost like he had multiple personalities and there were just a few things unexplained for me.  Too many people are credited for the story but it's barely plausible. But overall, a comedy worth watching only if you have nothing else to do.

Directed by Todd Phillips; Screenplay by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, Todd Phillips, Story by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland; Cinematography by Lawrence Sher; Music by Christophe Beck; Edited by Debra Neil-Fisher

Also in the cast: Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, and Danny McBride.


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