Movie Review: Due Date (English, 2010) - So Many Gloriously Preposterous Things Transpire In The Hollywood Film


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Film: Due Date (2010)

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx

Director: Todd Phillips

Rating: ****

By Kris King

CALCUTTA, Nov 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  "Due Date" is great! This is how the story goes: Peter Highman is an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan--on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter's last nerve.

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The cast led by Robert Downey Jr. (as Peter Highman) & Zach Galifianakis (as Ethan Tremblay) is great! The directing by Todd Phillips (also co-wrote the screenplay & produced) (he also directed "Road Trip" (2000), "Old School" (2003, also produced and wrote the screenplay & story), "Starsky & Hutch" (2004, also wrote the screenplay), "School For Scoundrels" (2006, also produced & wrote the screenplay), "The Hangover" (2009, also produced) & its upcoming sequel (2011, also producing and writing the screenplay) is great! The story by Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland, the screenplay by Cohen, Freedland, Phillips & Adam Sztykiel (who also wrote the story & screenplay to "Made Of Honor" (2008) is great!

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The music by Christophe Beck (who also did the music to "School For Scoundrels", "The Hangover", "Waiting For 'Superman'" (2010), "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (2010), "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010), "Date Night" (2010), "Death At A Funeral" (2010), "Red" (2010) & the upcoming "Burlesque" (2010) is great! The cinematography by Lawrence Sher (who also did the cinematography to "The Dukes Of Hazzard" (2005), "Dan In Real Life" (2007), "Trucker" (2008), "I Love You, Man" (2009), "The Hangover" & its upcoming sequel, the upcoming "Paul" (2011) is great! The film editing by Debra Neil-Fisher (who also did the film editing to "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), "Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery" (1997) & its sequel, "The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999), "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" (2003), "Baby Mama" (2008) & "The Hangover") is great! The casting by Juel Bestrop (he also did the casting to "Starsky & Hutch", "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004), "Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy" (2004), "I, Robot" (2004), "Kicking & Screaming" (2005) & "The Break-Up" (2006) & Seth Yanklewitz (both of them also did the casting to "Norbit" (2007), "Blades Of Glory" (2007), "Fool's Gold" (2008), "The Unborn" (2009), "The Hangover" & "Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" (2009) is great! The production design by Bill Brzeski (who also did the production design to "Matilda" (1996), "As Good As It Gets" (1997), "Blue Streak" (1999), "Stuart Little" (1999) & its sequel (2002), "The Bucket List" (2007), "The Forbidden Kingdom" (2008), "The Hangover" & its upcoming sequel) is great! The art direction by Shepherd Frankel (who also did the art direction to "Stuart Little 2", "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" (2003), "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (2004) & "Fantastic Four" (2005), he also did the production design to "Step Up" (2006), "P.S. I Love You" (2007), "27 Dresses" (2008), "Four Christmases" (2008) & "Couples Retreat" (2009) (supervising art director), Desma Murphy (who was an assistant director on "The Hangover" & is doing the art direction to its upcoming sequel) & Clint Wallace (who also did the art direction to "Couples Retreat" & the upcoming "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) is great! The set decoration by Danielle Berman (who also did the set decoration to "Memento" (2000), "Into The Wild" (2007) & "The Hangover") is great! The costume design by Louise Mingenbach (who also did the costume design to "The Usual Suspects" (1995), "Apt Pupil" (1998), "X-Men" (2000), its sequel "X2" (2003) & one of its prequels "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009), "K-PAX" (2001), "The Rundown" (2003), "Starsky & Hutch", "Spanglish" (2004), "Superman Returns" (2006), "School For Scoundrels", "Hancock" (2008), "The Hangover" & the upcoming "Battleship" (2012) is great!

This is a great comedy that keeps you laughing and thinking at the same time. This is a funny and entertaining movie. This is a great follow-up for Todd Phillips & Zach Galifianakis after "The Hangover".