Due Date [Blu-Ray] Todd Phillips

Due Date [Blu-Ray] Todd Phillips
In Due Date, there is a scene where a character points out, and makes fun of, the fact that there is an inspirational football film made every two years. Director Todd Phillips must have forgot the same can be said about buddy comedies dealing with two unlikely companions. Following up on his Hangover success, Phillips pairs Hollywood heavyweights Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis on a ridiculous and outlandish road trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles in this generic, if slightly entertaining, comedy. Despite the fact that Due Date's screenplay was written by four individuals, the film's main strengths strictly rely on Downey and Galifianakis's improvised banter. And although it gets tiresome by the third act, it's also Due Date's most likable factor, almost making up for the obligatory dick, weed and masturbation jokes riddled throughout the film. The movie is full of cameos but none are as memorable as Juliette Lewis' performance as the natural born pot dealer the pair run into. (Can somebody give this hard-working actress a decent role already?) Due Date also features a thankless turn from Michelle Monaghan, as Downey Jr.'s pregnant wife, who was most likely cast solely for hipsters to impress their friends by pointing out she was also Downey Jr.'s love interest in the far more entertaining Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. While Due Date is merely a rehashed version of 1997's Nothing to Lose, it is Downey Jr.'s ability to win over the audience with his foul-mouthed cursing and Galifianakis's ability to gross out the audience without even uttering one "F" bomb that make this comedy a tolerable buddy film. The Blu-Ray comes equipped with a standard DVD and a digital copy, and features a gag reel that will induce a few chuckles, as well as unnecessary and expendable mash-up featurettes, additional scenes making fun of Two and a Half Men and a made up scene of Two and a Half Men with the stars of the show parodying themselves. The film lacks a commentary, proving that rumours of a real-life fallout between the two leads may be accurate. (Warner)