Due Date on Blu-ray & DVD

Sunday, 27 February 2011 21:17

Road movies as a rule tend to follow pretty much the same premise – a couple of people (sometimes more) are planning on travelling from one side of the USA to the other, but are forced by a series of unfortunate events to share a vehicle and make the journey together. Of course, they are all from different walks of life and they initially hate each other. Then, as the journey progresses, and a further series of unfortunate events unforlds, they find they have new found respect for each other, and by the time their journey is over and they have reached their destination, they are Best Friends Forever. Simples.

“Due Date” follows this premise to the letter, and it is, in our humble opinion, way out of its depth! The usually always-watchable Robert Downey Jr plays the rich, arrogant architect Peter Highman, and finds himself having to share a car with bearded weirdo, and aspiring actor, Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifiniakis).

Due Date - now available on Blu-ray and DVDRDJ has to get from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles for the birth of his child, while beardy weirdy is heading to Hollywood for a meeting with an ‘influential agent’ and harbours a desire to appear on top US sitcom Two and a Half Men. Being a big wheel in the show’s fan club he hopes will stand him in good stead (although this is played down in the final cut of the movie – as one of the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray attests to).

Bearded weirdo gets both of them thrown off the plane, and RDJ finds himself on the ‘No Fly List’ as a consequence – in addition, he’s also lost his wallet, credit cards and ID, so can’t hire a car. He is therefore forced to share a vehicle cross-country with the idiot who is responsible for his predicament in the first place! Whilst the ‘No Fly List’ is obviously used as a plot device here – how else would you ensure the guy can’t take a flight these days – it’s a little uncomfortable when you realise that American citizens, in reality, have found themselves on the said ‘No Fly List’ for far less!

The main problem with the script is that neither lead character is likeable, which has become a disturbing trend in many a movie of late. We don’t actually care in the slightest whether either of them makes it. The entire journey is so tiresome and predictable; the movie drags so much we couldn’t wait for it to finish, checking watches at regular intervals. There’s a few stunt set pieces of note, but they almost seem out of place in the run of the rest of the movie.

We are both glad that we didn’t pay money to go and see this at the cinema; after all, RDJ is always a temptation. We would have felt cheated if we had done. Mr Downey Jr does his best with what he’s given, but we can’t for the life of us understand why he agreed to do this movie – although the fact that his wife, Susan Downey, is executive producer makes us wonder if this isn’t penance for a forgotten birthday or anniversary!

It was a reasonable success at the box office, nearly tripling its budget outlay in worldwide box office takings, although it appears from an analysis of the demographics of audience appreciation that it was most appealing to those under the age of 18. Any movie that relies on an unrelenting masturbation scene in a car, with a dog joining in, is probably nailing its colours to the mast as to who it’s actually aimed at!

The Director is Todd Phillips, and the movie also stars Michelle Monaghan ("Made of Honor"), Juliette Lewis ("The Switch") and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray").

Extras on the DVD edition include a ‘Gag Reel’.  You’ll also find this on the Blu-ray edition, along with:

  • Complete "Two and a Half Men" Scene Featuring Ethan Tremblay, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones;
  • Deleted Scenes;
  • "Due Date: Too Many Questions" - featurette; and
  • "Due Date: Action Mash-Up".                                                       

“Due Date” is out now from Warner Home Video, with a running time of 95 minutes approx, and a ‘15’ certificate.  It has a RRP of £24.99 for the Blu-ray Multi-pack, or £19.99 for the DVD – you can get either for less at www.culttvstore.com

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