We used to go to the movies all the time, now it’s a rarity.  I miss the movies so I decided to head out to WalMart and pick up a movie and some snacks for a fun night at home.   They had a huge selection of movies – all kinds at reasonable prices. I decided on DUE DATE.  I also grabbed some of the new Orville Redenbacher Pop up Bowl microwave popcorn.  Then I stopped at the MurphyUSA Gas Station in front of WalMart.  I ran in the little store and grabbed a few Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kat’s, which were 2 for $1.

We had a nice dinner and then later watched a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show with our six-year-old son.  Once junior went to bed, my husband and I watched Due Date, which is rated R.  It was a fun night – the movie was entertaining and we didn’t feel like we were having another boring night around the house. The cost of the movie was $15 – less than the theater would have been.  Read on to see my full review of the movie.

I recently had the opportunity to watch the movie DUE DATE which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, plus Jamie Foxx and Juliette Lewis (remember her?).  It’s the story of two guys who, as a result of a string of events, are thrown together and end up making a road trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles.  Peter, played by Robert Downey Jr., is a pretty uptight architect that needs to get back to LA for the birth of his first child.  Downey becomes even more tightly-wound when events out of his control cause him to be black-listed from flying.   Ethan, played by Zach Galifianakis is a bong- hitting, aspiring actor returning to LA after the death of his father.  Galifianakis character is the complete opposite of Downey –and he couldn’t be any wackier.   Galifianakis tries to befriend Downey, after causing most of the trouble, offering to drive him to the west coast.   Reluctantly Downey accepts his offer – bad decision!  Here’s where the twists and turns start and the movie takes off.   After watching these two guys abuse each other for an hour and a half, I really didn’t care for either one of them.

The movie was definitely not predictable and kept us mostly entertained from beginning to end.   There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, car crashes, run-ins with the authorities and then there were a few ”you’ve got to be kidding me” scenes.  This movie was entertaining but won’t go on my favorites list.  I really liked the soundtrack.

The movie is rated R and runs 95 minutes.  It was directed by Todd Phillips, the same guy that directed “The Hangover”.

 

I was compensated by Collective Bias for my time.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Bryon
Bryon
9 years ago

Oh, popcorn, that’s what this movie was missing! Although it left something to be desired overall, it was adequate as a comedy. I’m interested in purchasing this on Blu-ray, heck why not, there isn’t much else interesting to buy. I save so much money renting movies at home on my DISH Network employee HD DVR anyway so I can buy a movie once in a while. It looks so much better in HD when I rent, and it costs too much to take my whole family to the movies.

Robyn
Robyn
9 years ago

I’ve never heard of this movie but it has an impressive cast. And, yes, I do remember Juliette Lewis. She’s one of those people who you don’t always think of as a big star but was in a lot of stuff several years ago. She even dated Brad Pitt a LONG time ago. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation…I’ll check this out! 🙂

Zippy Sandler
9 years ago

I love the fact that you made this a double feature night! Do you remember going to the movies when you were young and doing that? I don’t see double features so much anymore. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with our friends.