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It's got some individual laughs here and there but lacks sufficient story or character development to hold the whole endeavor together.
Due Date is, for all intents and purposes, a Planes, Trains and Automobiles for the post-Jackass age.
Phillips can still launch a dog-masturbation joke into the stratosphere, but the welcome surprise here is tenderness.
Wall Street Journal:
The basic problem is the script, which is credited to three writers plus the director -- seldom a good sign. Never mind that it's a retread of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" minus the trains, and minus John Candy.
"Due Date" is ultimately a long road trip to a predictable ending. Somebody wake up the real Downey and tell him we miss him.
Directing with more focus -- and eventually, more heart -- than he brought to The Hangover, Todd Phillips smartly lets his leads' chemistry power the movie.
Due Date should be a disaster, derivative of every road-trip movie you've ever seen. What prevents that are the efforts of the two stars.
I didn't believe this movie. Which is not the same as saying I didn't like it -- although, there is that.
J. R. Jones,
This odd-couple comedy reunites Galifianakis with Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, but don't expect anything like the other movie's novel plotting or wild slapstick.
The unexpected pairing of Galifianakis and Downey is a pleasure -- they're an unlikely duo so off in their chemistry as to be bizarrely on.
Films like Get Him to the Greek have already done a far superior job with madcap this year.
Todd Phillips' follow-up to the most successful R-rated comedy of all time serves up its share of laughs while not actually providing a terribly enjoyable time because of a queasy undercurrent that never goes away.
Los Angeles Times:
This is a disappointing turn coming from Phillips, particularly since "The Hangover" was such a fresh, bracing brew of black comic fun.
The actors are fine: It's their long, arduous trek that lets the movie down.
New York Daily News:
Those hoping for another "Hangover" may be disappointed by Todd Phillips' punch-drunk followup, which is basically "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" for the road-rage generation.
New York Post:
As in the most useless sitcoms, the laffs depend entirely on someone behaving as ridiculously as possible, in uninteresting ways devised by the dullest minds.
There is something comically symmetrical about Downey as an expectant dad rehearsing fatherhood with the overgrown boy and Galifianakis as the fatherless son who adopts Downey as his surrogate dad.
Phillips seems to have forgotten that bawdy comedy is only deemed "edgy" if it's funny. When the seedy jokes fall flat, the result is crass.
The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience. Where it falls short is in the characters and relationships.
San Francisco Chronicle:
It has laughs. Take any scene at random, and it will probably have something mildly funny in it. But the comedy never really takes off because it's phony.
The most offensive bodily fluid being hurled around in Due Date are the tears that Phillips dishonestly tries to wrest from the audience's eyes.
Globe and Mail:
Under the nuanced direction of John Hughes, Candy made annoying seem hilarious and his broad girth endearing. As amped up by director Todd Phillips, Galifianakis makes annoying seem annoying.
Watching Downey's vein-popping discomfiture in the company of Galifianakis is the best and possibly only reason for seeing the film.
There are some decent laughs scattered throughout Due Date, but Phillips can't find a way to make his two leads likeable: they remain obnoxious and ill suited right to the schmaltzy finale.
It's Downey's signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his Hangover character.
So infuriating is Ethan that Due Date very nearly loses us, too, at the outset, but over time, the bearded boor manages to win everyone over, audience included.
Due Date is fast, lazy, and out of control in a manner that's basically commendable.
With "Due Date," director Todd Phillips perfects the particular brand of comic alchemy that made his 2009 comedy "The Hangover" such an unexpectedly huge hit.