Friday, November 5, 2010

Is Due Date Just a Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Rip-off?

Steve Martin. John Candy. Planes. Trains. And, that’s right, Automobiles. One of the best buddy picture, fish out of water, road movie, comedy classics of all time.

And every time we see the commercial for Due Date, we think, “Is this really necessary?” Now, we love Robert Downey, Jr. and we are surprised at how often we find ourselves enjoying Zach Galifianakis. But it feels like director Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame is trying to squeeze RDJ into a Martin-sized hole and fill up the Candy gap in the comedy scene with Galifianakis. Good choices if ones need to be made. Just not right in our estimation.

As with the 1987 film, Downey, Jr. is an uptight guy in desperate need to fly home (this time for his wife’s delivery instead of the holidays) and Galifianakis is a scruffy but lovable actor (not shower curtain ring salesman) who needs to help him get where he needs to go.

All signs point to Due Date being a fun romp and to Robert and Zach delivering. But we’ll just dust off our Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and give it another spin.

Are we going the wrong way? 

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