Review

It would be easy to mistake Due Date as a bizarre follow-up to The Hangover with Zach Galifianakis playing an almost identical character, Ethan Tremblay – a wannabe actor who has some odd tendancies but is lovable, and Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) as a businessman stuck on the wrong side of America and desperately trying to make it home in time for the birth of his first born child.

Due Date is a simple enough story and you would think it be easy enough to get from one side of the USA to the other pretty easily nowadays but when Peter’s wallet is lost and he gets kicked off the airline, banned from all flights due to his reaction to Ethan’s antics, the due end up sharing a rental car together.
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Its not just another Road Trip story though as there are some wake-up moments for Peter Highman as he tries to keep his anger issues in check while constantly being wound up by Ethan Tremblay and his ability to cause havoc wherever he goes.

Anybody who has seen and enjoyed The Hangover will instantly love Ethan Tremblay even if it does mean Zach Galifianakis is in danger of being type-cast into the same role for future movies.

There are some familiar faces that crop up throughout the Due Date film including Jamie Foxx, who has a bit of a crush on Robert Downey Jr’s wife and Juliette Lewis (as a washed-up drug dealer!) amongst others.

Due Date is a film that most people should enjoy – some more than others, granted – but its an easy to watch film that we enjoyed relaxing to on a Sunday afternoon. Its not hard to follow the plot and offers good comedy value. It might not be our favourite film but is definitely worth seeing.

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