On-Camera Review: Due Date

by Eric Melin on November 5, 2010

in Video Reviews

Here’s my video review of the Todd Phillips-directed comedy“Due Date” starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. from KTKA-49.

It takes a special kind of director to make Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis not funny and apparently, Todd Phillips is that director.

From Phillips—the man who brought us the runaway surprise summer hit “The Hangover”—comes “Due Date,” a lame road-trip comedy that may be the worst onscreen road trip in 10 years—since well, Todd Phillips’ “Road Trip.”

Wait—actually, let me roll back your expectations a bit. If you’re looking to see two talented comedic actors—one overweight and eccentric, the other determined and neurotic—turn into an endearing sort of odd couple while the ‘normal’ one races to get home to his family on an uncomfortable and downright disastrous cross-country journey, then by all means, go see John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”

With two flawed but endearing characters, Hughes had the script, the talent–Steve Martin and John Candy–and the know-how to weave together an engaging story. Phillips doesn’t come close to that, with Downey and Galifianakis flailing at every turn trying to make something out of really played-out, limp material.

But what really sinks “Due Date” is something more deadly and fundamental—it’s just not funny.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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