Due Date

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Due Date
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Todd Phillips
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Alan R. Cohen
  • Alan Freedland
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Lawrence Sher
Edited byDebra Neil-Fisher
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • October 31, 2010 (2010-10-31)(Night Visions)
  • November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)(United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65 million [1]
Box office$211.8 million [2]

Due Date is a 2010 American black comedy film directed by Todd Phillips and written by Phillips, Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, and Adam Sztykiel. The film follows a man (Robert Downey Jr.) who must get across the country to Los Angeles in time for the birth of his child and is forced to road-trip with an aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis). Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, and Jamie Foxx also star.

Todd Phillips American actor and comedian

Todd Phillips is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for writing and directing films, including Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), Starsky & Hutch (2004), The Hangover Trilogy, Due Date (2010), and War Dogs (2016). For his work on the film Borat, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Adam John Sztykiel is an American television and film producer and screenwriter known for such television series and films as Undateable, which he also created based on the book, Undateable: 311 Things Guys do That Guarantee They Won't be Dating or Having Sex, by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle, Due Date, Made of Honor and the upcoming We're the Millers 2.

Robert Downey Jr. American actor

Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal difficulties, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age. For three consecutive years from 2012 to 2015, Downey topped the Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, and in 2008, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His films have grossed over $5.3 billion in North America and over $12.9 billion worldwide, making Downey the second-highest-grossing domestic box-office star and the highest-grossing worldwide box-office star of all time.


Shot in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Atlanta, Georgia, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the film was released on November 5, 2010. [3] It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $211 million worldwide.

Las Cruces, New Mexico City in New Mexico, United States

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Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

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Georgia (U.S. state) State of the United States of America

Georgia is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Georgia is the 24th largest and 8th-most populous of the 50 United States. Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Florida, and to the west by Alabama. The state's nicknames include the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, a "beta(+)" global city, is both the state's capital and largest city. The Atlanta metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 5,949,951 in 2018, is the 9th most populous metropolitan area in the United States and contains about 60% of the entire state population.


Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.), a successful architect, is due to fly home from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be with his wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), who is about to give birth. On the way to the airport, he has a chance encounter with Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), who is going to LA to be an actor and is planning to scatter his recently deceased father's ashes at the Grand Canyon. When Ethan misuses the words "terrorist" and "bomb" while talking to Peter, they are both escorted off the plane. This is only the first of a series of misadventures caused by the drastically dysfunctional Ethan. Peter, now on the No Fly List and missing his wallet, agrees to drive with Ethan to Los Angeles.

Michelle Monaghan American actress

Michelle Lynn Monaghan is an American actress. She is best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Trucker (2008), Source Code (2011), Pixels (2015), and Patriots Day (2016). She has also received recognition for her starring role as Julia Meade in the action spy film series Mission: Impossible, appearing in Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018).

Zach Galifianakis American actor and comedian

Zachary Knight Galifianakis is an American actor, comedian, and writer who came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show called Late World with Zach on VH1 the following year. He has also starred in films, such as The Hangover trilogy (2009–2013), Due Date (2010), The Campaign (2012), Birdman or (2014), Masterminds (2016), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).

Grand Canyon A steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile.

Ethan stops to buy marijuana, and Peter discovers that they are nearly out of money. Since Peter has no I.D., he gets his wife to wire the money to Ethan, but discovers Ethan had the money wired to his stage name instead of his legal name. When the Western Union employee (Danny McBride) refuses to accept Ethan's "Stage name I.D." it leads to a violent altercation.

After a night at a rest stop, Peter decides to drive off and abandon Ethan, but realizes that he still has Ethan's father's ashes, having forgotten to unload them with the rest of Ethan's stuff when he left. This causes him to wrestle with his conscience, and he decides to return. Ethan drives so Peter can get some rest, but he falls asleep at the wheel and crashes the car. After Peter and Ethan are picked up by Peter's friend Darryl (Jamie Foxx), Peter again decides to part company with Ethan. Darryl initially persuades him otherwise, but then throws Ethan out after mistakenly drinking some of Ethan's father's ashes, which were stored in a coffee tin.

Jamie Foxx American actor, comedian, singer, and broadcaster

Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, record producer and comedian. For his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. That same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral. Since spring 2017, Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam.

When Darryl lets them use his Range Rover to make the rest of the trip, Ethan mistakenly drives to the Mexico–United States border. Despite assuring Peter that he'll handle the situation, Ethan flees, and Peter is arrested for possession of marijuana. The Mexican Federal Police lock Peter up, but Ethan steals a truck and breaks him out, causing several car crashes in the process.

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Mexico–United States border international border between the two countries in North America

The Mexico–United States border is an international border separating Mexico and the United States, extending from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east. The border traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from urban areas to deserts. The Mexico–United States border is the most frequently crossed border in the world, with approximately 350 million documented crossings annually.

They stop at the Grand Canyon, and Ethan finally scatters his father's ashes. Peter then confesses that he tried to leave Ethan at the rest area. Ethan makes a confession of his own: he has had Peter's wallet and I.D the entire time. Peter seemingly forgives him but then attacks Ethan in a rage, but is interrupted by a call from Sarah, who has just gone into labor. Peter and Ethan leave for California. Ethan finds a gun in the truck and he accidentally shoots Peter. Arriving at the hospital where Sarah is in labor, Peter passes out from loss of blood.

Sarah delivers the baby safely, and Peter expresses his discomfort at his new daughter being named Rosie Highman. Ethan leaves while telling Peter to call him. At the end, Ethan guest stars on an episode of his favorite television program, Two and a Half Men with Peter and Sarah watching it in bed with their daughter.


Angus T. Jones was in the Two and a Half Men scene as Jake Harper, but the scene was cut short, and his cameo was not shown in the original run. Alan Arkin filmed scenes as Peter's long lost father, but they were not left in the final cut of the film.


The first trailer was released July 14, 2010. It was seen with Inception , Dinner for Schmucks and The Other Guys . The international trailer was released on September 2, 2010, and the full length trailer was released online on September 16, 2010. It was shown before The Town , and Life as We Know It .

Previews for the film feature the songs "New Moon Rising" by Wolfmother and the original version of "Check Yo Self" by Ice Cube.

In the film, Ethan is a huge fan of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. He also mentions that he started a website called itsrainingtwoandahalfmen.com. As a joke, a website was actually launched with the same name. [4] Ethan is also shown in the film as guest starring in a Two and a Half Men episode. This was a special short produced for the film's use, and did not become part of an official episode of the sitcom. The short was partially shown in the film and the full short is available online.


Due Date (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released on November 2, 2010 by WaterTower Music.

Due Date (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 2, 2010
Label WaterTower Music

iTunes version

1."Hold On, I'm Comin'" Sam & Dave 2:31
2."New Moon Rising" Wolfmother 3:47
3."Is There a Ghost" Band of Horses 2:59
4."People Are Crazy" Billy Currington 3:51
5."White Room" Cream 4:58
6."This Is Why I'm Hot" MIMS 4:17
7."Sweet Jane" Cowboy Junkies 3:35
8."Amazing Grace" Rod Stewart 2:02
9."Check Ya Self 2010" (feat. Chuck D with Lisa Kekaula) Ice Cube 3:25
10."Glaucoma" Christophe Beck 2:13
11."A Good Sign" Christophe Beck 1:36
12."Ethan's Theme" Christophe Beck 1:19
Additional songs

The following songs are not included in the soundtrack, but they appear in some parts of the film:


Box office

Due Date grossed $100.5 million in the U.S. and Canada and $111.2 million in other territories for a total of $211.8 million worldwide, against a production budget of $65 million. [2]

The film earned $12.2 million at the North American domestic box office on its release day and $43.5 million on its first week, placing behind Megamind but was number one in the UK for two consecutive weekends. On Monday, November 8, 2010, it went up to #1 overtaking Megamind. On Friday, November 12, it went down to #3 behind Unstoppable and Megamind. On Monday, November 15, it went up to #2 behind Unstoppable . On Wednesday, November 24, it went down to #8 behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 , Tangled , Burlesque , Megamind , Love & Other Drugs , Unstoppable and Faster . It closed in theaters on January 27, 2011.

Critical response

Due Date received average reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 40% "rotten", or a 5.2/10 rating, based on 185 reviews. The site's consensus is: "Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars." [5] Metacritic gives the film a "mixed or average" score of 51, based on reviews from 39 critics. [6]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two and a half stars out of a possible four, noting "The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience. Where it falls short is in the characters and relationships." Ebert compared Due Date to the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles , but bemoaned that Due Date could have learned and offered more. [7]

Home media

Due Date was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 22, 2011. [8]

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