sometimes-irritating and yet
crazily funny Due Date explores how
taking a long trip when your wife is
pregnant and about to give birth to
your dream child can turn into your
DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY BUT ON-THE-EDGE father-to-be Peter Higham (Oscar nominee
Robert Downey Jr: Sherlock Holmes; Iron Man) thinks he has thought of
everything when he takes a return air ticket to a business appointment in Atlanta.
Little does he know that the happy event he has been looking forward to is going
to be fraught with frustration, serious difficulties and even danger. And it
all comes in the guise of a big bear of a man called Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis:
Dinner For Schmucks; The Hangover), an aspiring actor on his way to Hollywood
and who seems to court trouble wherever he goes.
Peter bumps into Ethan and his pet dog Sunny at the airport, as Peter is flying
back from a business trip to Atlanta to attend the birth of his child and Ethan
is on his way to Hollywood. But the first indication he has that all is not
well is when he is stopped and his luggage searched. Ethan had swapped cases
with Peter and there is a marijuana pipe hidden under the clothing.
Somehow Peter still manages to get on a flight, but when Ethan loudly draws
attention to Peter using his cell phone by saying that's what terrorists do
to set off a bomb, an Air Marshall throws them both off the plane.
But bad luck doesn't stop there for Peter and he finds himself with no money,
no credit cards, no means of identity and no hope in hell of getting on another
plane as he is now on the No Fly List. Desperate to get back to LA in time for
the birth of his child, he has no alternative other than to accept a lift back
to Los Angeles with Ethan and his dog Sunny and is completely at his mercy.
Disaster-prone Ethan lurches from one incident to another, with an angry and
critical Peter looking more and more likely to burst a blood vessel. Having
endured Ethan's over exuberance and near-fatal mistakes, will he survive this
cross country road journey that fate has thrown into his path or will he miss
the birth of his first-born? The politically-incorrect and gross Ethan becomes
increasingly irritating, and yet compelling in the unbelievably funny, irreverent
and cringe-making movie, Due Date.
As Ethan leads the reluctant, completely stressed-out Peter into deeper trouble,
the nightmare cross-country road trip sees the destruction of several cars,
Peter being viciously attacked, his relationships with both his best friend
Darryl (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx: Ray) and his wife Sarah (Michelle
Monaghan: Made Of Honor) brought into question and his nerves totally
Due Date also features: Juliette Lewis (The Switch) as Heidi;
Danny McBride as Lonnie; Jakob Ulrich as Patrick; Todd Phillips as Barry; Rza
as Airport Screener and Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper. Co-Producers are David
Witz and Jeffrey Wetzel; Director of Photography is Lawrence Sher; Music is
by Christophe Beck; Executive Producers are: Thomas Tull, Susan Downey and Scott
Budnick; Producers are Todd Phillips and Dan Goldberg; Story by Alan R Cohen
and Alan Freedland; and Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover; Old School).
Has some content that may offend.
Two unlikely companions are thrown together
on a road trip that turns out to be as life changing as it is outrageous, so
tag along on this hilarious journey when Due Date arrives on Blu-ray
Triple Play, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download, courtesy of Warner Home Video,
on 28 February 2011. Running Time: 95 Minutes | Certificate: 15 | BD Multi-Pack
£24.99; DVD £19.99.