Due Date, The Naked Gun, A Time to Kill: films on TV today

Laughs on the road, hilarity on the force and Samuel L Jackson on trial for murder: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY
Due Date  ★★★ 


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9.00-10.55pm 5STAR
 
A sort of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for a post-9/11 world, this odd-couple road comedy from Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) pairs Zach Galifianakis’s hairy, guileless actor and Robert Downey Jr’s uptight expectant father when they are thrown off a plane to LA after a misunderstanding about a bomb. Without his wallet and desperate to get home for the birth of his baby, Downey Jr agrees to give Galifianakis and his cone- wearing pug a lift if he pays for the rental car. The bickering begins, while their accident-prone picaresque furnishes cameos from Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, rapper RZA and Charlie Sheen. Marijuana, guns, a relative’s ashes… it’s fast and furious, but manages to pluck the heartstrings, too.


It Came from beneath the Sea  ★★★ 


11.45am-1.25pm More4
Eat your heart out Sharknado, here’s an atomically mutated giant octopus munching its way through San Francisco, B movie style, in 1955. They don’t, and can’t, make them like this any more.  


The Naked Gun  ★★★★★ 


9.00-10.50pm ITV4
 
“Nice beaver!” The double entendres flow as Leslie Nielsen’s idiot cop Frank Drebin crashes the scene in his first hilarious big-screen spoof adventure.    


Don’t Say a Word  ★★★ 


10.50-1.05am ITV4
Can shrink Michael Douglas squeeze a vital secret out of catatonic Brittany Murphy? Sean Bean – kidnapper and general badass – is betting Douglas’s daughter’s life on the outcome in this pacey, compellingly acted thriller. 


A Time to Kill  ★★★★ 
11.15pm-2.10am Film4
 
Think top-notch courtroom drama, think John Grisham adaptation, and this story about a black  man (Samuel L Jackson) on trial for murder in a Klan-happy town is no exception. Matthew McConaughey argues his case.    


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