Zach Galifianakis is back on the big screen this weekend in Due Date with co-star Robert Downey Jr. Directed by Todd Phillips, he of Hangover fame, the trailers and early buzz were promising and it easily earned a "See It" in our fall movie guide.
Now there's some hesitation to give this movie anything higher than a C. Here's a glimpse at the reviews for Due Date.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:
It's not as funny [as The Hangover], but few films could be, and it does have some very big laughs. Unfortunately, the story holding them together isn't as successful.
Peter Paras, E! Online:
Random goofiness only begets more tired jokes.
Evan Crean, Starpulse:
[W]ithout [Downey Jr. & Galifianakis], the film would not be nearly as amusing. Fans of either actor should enjoy “Due Date” quite a bit, but those who loved “The Hangover” might not find it as hilarious.
I have to admit I was surprised at how negative many of the reviews were. Granted, nobody is deeming this a complete waste of money or time, but they're all obviously let down. Could it be that expectations were simply too high? After all, The Hangover wasn't just an audience favorite, critics really loved it as well.
It's also important to point out that nearly every review compared it to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and I'm sure you can guess how Due Date fared in that comparison.
Is this signaling the death of the bromance? Did it peak with The Hangover only to come spiraling down? After all, The Other Guys did well over the summer, but not nearly as well as expected. And now this ...
Oh, what am I saying, the bromance will never die.
Hopefully catching up on some of the reviews will lower expectations enough for the rest of us to really enjoy this film. Of course, I don't need much of an excuse to watch Robert Downey Jr., so there's really no talking me out of watching this.
Are you disappointed after reading the reviews? Are you still going to watch Due Date this weekend?
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