Due Date

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Less raunchy than Hangover, but still edgy, mature.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

All of the characters behave badly at times -- and there are plenty of mean-spirited jokes -- but in the end, the two leads find a way to appreciate each other's uniqueness and eccentricities. There's also some exploration of the way that fathers influence sons and how sons can either follow in their father's footsteps or forge their own way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though he does undergo a transformation in the end, Peter has a quick temper, which sometimes leads him to lash out verbally and physically. Ethan stretches the truth and is prone to wild mood shifts, but he does have a big heart.

Violence

Car accidents result in injuries. A man with anger-management issues gets into arguments with almost everyone thanks to his haughty demeanor. He and a new acquaintance get into fisticuffs over all sorts of issues.

Sex

A man masturbates next to another character who's sleeping; no genitals are seen, but telltale sounds are audible. Later, there's some discussion about the benefits of masturbation. Discussion about women's body parts; a character muses about the fidelity of someone else's wife.

Language

Frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," and "son of a bitch." Also "t--ties," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "oh my God," and homophobic slurs.

Consumerism

Signs/logos visible for National, Alamo, Delta Air, Comfort Inn, Waffle House, Toyota.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character uses a pipe to smoke weed while driving. Earlier in the film, an airport officer finds another one of the same character's pipes. He's also shown buying marijuana from a dealer and discussing its properties as if it were premium coffee.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this odd-couple roadtrip comedy from the director of The Hangover -- which stars Hangover break-out Zach Galifianakis -- isn't as raunchy as its predecessor but comes from the same irreverent, test-the-boundaries school of humor. Expect plenty of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), a somewhat explicit masturbation gag (nothing is shown, but sounds are audible), and a fair helping of mean-spirited jokes. One character uses marijuana (ostensibly to treat his glaucoma), once while driving. In the end, the salty humor comes with a helping of heart, but this is still most age-appropriate for older teens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMandin October 2, 2012

Is cool

I think that this movie is for 15 years old kids bcause it has a masturbation scene of a men and a dog but no nudity shown
Adult Written byage 10+ April 1, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 April 5, 2011

i rate this title ON for ages 15+

The good stuff * Messages: All of the characters behave badly at times -- and there are plenty of mean-spirited jokes -- but in the end, the tw... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFCD97909 December 5, 2010
I LOVED this movie it was very funny! I promise you you will be lafing through the entire movie. There is one scene but nothing is shown and its about 20 second... Continue reading

What's the story?

Wound as tight as a sharp-edged top, Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) has a big deadline to make: His wife (Michelle Monaghan) is scheduled for a C-section soon. But his scheduled flight home to Los Angeles out of Atlanta, where he's been sent on business, has been scuttled, leaving him and the kooky passenger that he clashed with -- Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) -- on the no-fly list. With his wallet and ID nowhere to be found and nothing but a BlackBerry to get him cross-country, Peter has no choice but to accept an offer of a ride from Ethan, who's toting around his recently deceased father's ashes in a coffee can. The pair take to the road, with very mixed -- and sometimes combustible -- results.

Is it any good?

Simultaneously as imperfect and as maddeningly funny as director Todd Phillips' previous comedy, The Hangover, DUE DATE is a coup. That is, if you can ignore the fact that the basic premise -- two polar opposites take to the road -- has been done before, and some would say better. (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, anyone?) While it's true that the movie is uneven -- some jokes play better than others (the ones that have Ethan needing to be reminded to go to the bathroom are grating) -- and exhibits a mean streak (Peter borders on scary), this road-trip comedy benefits from two elements: Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr.

Galifianakis plays Ethan like a made-to-order eccentric of a type found in many ensemble comedies, complete with weirdnesses that feel random and excessive. But the actor is skilled enough to make Ethan sympathetic, even likable. That's doubly true for Downey. Despite playing a character who borders on dangerously enraged, his performance is so grounded in the now, in what's real, that we're willing to ride along on this outrageous adventure. Combined, the two make a disarmingly appealing pair.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's boundary-pushing humor involving sex, drugs, etc. Is the film condoning or glorifying this kind of behavior?

  • Why do you think opposites-attract storylines are so popular, especially in roadtrip comedies? How does this film compare to others in the genre?

  • What do Peter and Ethan learn from each other? Does the film ultimately have a positive message?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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