Due Date

  • Review Date: November 2, 2010
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Less raunchy than Hangover, but still edgy, mature.
  • Review Date: November 2, 2010
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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Simultaneously as imperfect and as maddeningly funny as director Todd Phillips' previous comedy, The Hangover, DUE DATE is a coup, 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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:November 5, 2010
DVD release date:February 22, 2011
Cast:Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis
Director:Todd Phillips
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, drug use and sexual content

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 April 5, 2011
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

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 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. What to watch out for * Role models: 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 bi*ch." Also "t--ties," "a*s," "a--hole," "godd**n," "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 other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byFCD97909 December 5, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 
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 seconds long but it was not bad at all. A little #! but not that much
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byNeil13 March 26, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

not fir the easily offended

What other families should know
Too much sex

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