Wick-Quoting #24: Due Date

Due Date is definitely one of the funniest movies this year.  It stars two actors that come from two very different worlds, Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 2) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).

While the movie doesn’t have that much of a rewatch value, there is more story development in Due Date than there is in The Hangover, which was also directed by Todd Phillips.  I’m guessing in this case, fewer main characters allow for greater bonding.  That’s not to say that the movie has a deep story like those movies about inspiring coaches that come out once every two years or so.  You shouldn’t watch Due Date for story, but rather obviously, for humor.  Although the humor is not for everyone.  Some people will probably get easily offended.  Some people…

There's no break

The movie does not allow you to catch your breath: a new conflict arises at every moment.  At one point, they’re in a car chase, and then right when everything seems to have calmed, someone is shot.

Because this is a Hollywood film, it is targeted for the mainstream audience – white males.  This movie, similar to Phillips previous comedy, The Hangover, touches on the relationship between minorities and whites.  In The Hangover, Asians are represented by Ken Jeong’s flamboyant performance.  In Due Date, the black friend’s loyalty is questioned while Latinos are portrayed as hypocrites and druggies.  While all of these stereotypical portrayals are a bit bothersome, they shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  I wonder what race The Hangover 2 will “represent” next.

The film has subtle race conflicts

The film cost 65 million to make but only made around 72 million in the US so far.  Not that great of a success story compared to The Hangover, which not only cost less, but made 277 million in the US only.  It’s no wonder The Hangover 2 is being released.  A Due Date 2 will probably not see the light of day.  Even so, the movie should be rented out for the humor.  Go watch it, or what are you, a girl or something?

7.8

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1 Response to “Wick-Quoting #24: Due Date”


  1. 1 Burcu Kaptan November 22, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Due Date(Git Başımdan) intresting movie. I read summary and watch trailer. You can find details on Mynet Sinema detail link is here.


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