d. Todd Philips / 2010 / USA / 95 min
Cinema 1 @ Empire Leicester Square (London, UK)
When I wrote about Todd Philips’ last feature, The Hangover – which receives almost equal billing on some UK posters for Due Date – I arrived at a loose theory about what I termed Male-Orientated Comedies. Since then, I’ve refined the tenets of the theory somewhat to cover what are essentially frat boy stories, told in different ways or in new (non-College) settings, with a distinct gross-out element and a predilection for supposedly ‘boundary-pushing’ (but often just coarse) humour. I termed them Male-Orientated Comedies simply because they are exclusively by men, for men and – crucially – about men.