Two movies that occupy entirely different ends of the comedy spectrum arrive in theaters this Friday: the R-Rated buddy/road trip pic Due Date and the 3D animated superhero satire, Megamind.
We’ve rounded up the latest previews, featurettes, and clips from both of these flicks, which should help you decide which (if either) of these humor-driven ventures to see in theaters this weekend.
Director Todd Phillips reunites with his Hangover star Zach Galifianakis for Due Date, which stars the bearded comic as Ethan Tremblay, a 23-year old slackster with a, er, promiscuous dog named Sunny. Robert Downey Jr. also stars in the film as successful architect Peter Highman, whose attempt to travel across the country and make it home in time to witness the birth of his child is complicated by a series of unfortunate events, which leave him stuck with Ethan on a wild road trip.
Anyone who doubted that Due Date wouldn’t contain lots of sex jokes, gross-out gags, and over-the-top physical comedy, well, this new NSFW preview (see below) will set you straight:
Downey Jr. is promoting Due Date as the second best film he’s ever made and we really want to believe him, but the most recent trailer and TV spots for the comedy have only had a few chuckle-worthy moments, at best. The Iron Man star and Galifianakis talk up their new movie a bit more in a new featurette (which can be viewed below) and make Due Date sound like it might be a memorable odd-couple adventure after all. Here’s hoping they aren’t just leading us on.
Check out the Due Date featurette below:
Those who are a bit Will Ferrell-ed out right now can take comfort in the fact that he’s only providing the vocals for the titular blue-skinned, big-headed star of Megamind. Dreamworks’ new 3D computer-animated pic pokes fun at the clichés of the superhero movie genre (especially the Superman mythos) and features an all-star voice cast that also includes Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and David Cross.
The trailers for Megamind have been pretty decent and the film’s animation seems crisp and vibrant, though we suspect the pic won’t be as well-received or financially successful as the Dreamworks’ animated feature How To Train You Dragon was earlier this year. Families looking for a fairly funny and harmless movie to take their young ones to see should certainly give Megamind a look.
You can get a better idea of the tone and style of Megamind by watching the clips below:
So, which of these new comedies will you be seeing this weekend? Due Date? Or Megamind?