This scene shows many reasons the idea of the open road is so appealing and iconic for Americans. As we discussed in class, many popular films use the setup of a road trip as an essential part of their plot because of how accessible the idea has become.The film Due Date is no different, and the two characters embark on their journey and bond along the way. During the clip, there is beautiful scenery coupled with the two men relaxing in the car. It can be assumed the men are friends, which goes along with the association between companionship and the open road.
Along with the appeal of the road is the idea of the possibility of danger. While driving, Zach Galifianakis’s character begins to doze off and eventually falls deeply asleep. Their car drives through construction and flips off the road. The magic of movie road trips keeps them from serious bodily harm.