396. Due Date

Background info

396-due-dateTitle: Due Date
Director: Todd Phillips
Year: 2010
Run time: 1hr 35m

“Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter Higham, an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is only days away. As he hurries to catch a flight home, a chance encounter with aspiring actor and disaster-magnet Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) leads to the two of them being tossed off the plane. Peter is forced to hitch a ride with Ethan on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.”

Live blog

2:21 – Deciding a baby name must be really, really tough.
4:45 – I like the toy monkey. I bet that’s important later.
8:52 – Do they have Air Marshals on all planes, or only planes in films?
10:04 – Forrest Gump reference.
12:35 – “Life’s weird, isn’t it? Buckle up.”
16:46 – Birming-ham.
23:45 – Worried that he’s going to be a father with those anger management issues.
25:47 – “How have you survived?” “Mostly luck.”
31:48 – Robert Downey Jr’s acting classes would be immense.
39:10 – Big meanie just leaving. That’s like his dad!
42:20 – What rest areas have showers?
45:40 – How do you end up with stitches in your armpit?
47:43 – He’s supposed to be 23. I’m not sure I buy that.
49:04 – “If you ask me a single question, I will flip out.”
50:53 – Drainage ditches are fab.
54:53 – “I’m sorry we drank your father.”
1:01:46 – itsrainingtwoandahalfmen.com had better exist.
1:04:47 – Bourne reference.
1:08:57 – That was a brilliant car chase scene. If you can call it that.
1:11:47 – America is amazing with the big trains.
1:14:19 – “Dad, you were like a father to me.”
1:22:29 – I don’t think I’ve ever been so invested in two people.
1:23:49 – “See, together we think of everything.”
1:29:07 – That’s ACTUAL Two and a Half Men.

Conclusions

This was on our to-watch list a long time ago but we just never got round to it, it dropped off our radar and went missing. In an effort to move on from the disastrousR.I.P.D. we uncovered it and moved it back to the top of the list.

And I’m glad we did. I don’t know if I had one glass too many, or if the characters just spoke to me, or if it was just because they weren’t undead cops, but I was so invested in this film. For the first half hour, it was your standard setup, getting to know the characters, quite a few laughs, and wondering how exactly it’s all going to pan out.

After that, when it went all Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I was hooked. It’s not original and it’s not groundbreaking but it was fun, and I loved the pair of them.

Rating: 5/5

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