"Dude, Where's My Car?"
Directed by Danny Leiner.
Written by Philip Stark.
Starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott.
Release Year: 2000
Review Date: 12/15/00
Sorry, I am having flashbacks of last
night's preview showing of the latest in a wave of teenage comedies,
"Dude, Where's My Car?" These movies have been coming out like
wildfire, but surprisingly, most of the movies NOT starring Freddie
Prinze, Jr. are actually pretty funny. Now, if you are like me, you
first saw the preview for this movie and thought it was going to be
one of the dumbest movies of all time. I have to admit, the preview
has almost no laughs, and it even makes you question why the hell
Seann William Scott ("American Pie") decided to star in another teen
comedy. Talk about typecast...
But, courtesy of Tricia "Hot" Ocampo, I came
upon four free passes to see this movie last night, so I figured I
had nothing to lose. So, along with Dave Storm, Laikisha "rave"
Jeffries and Jeannine Calandra, I rolled over to Mazza Gallery to
check out the movie. And, I must report bad news for all of you
The movie was actually pretty funny.
OKAY, MAN, THAT'S THE LAST STRAW. YOU
THOUGHT "THE PERFECT STORM" WAS OPENING WEEKEND--so wrong!--AND YOU
THOUGHT THAT "CHARLIE'S ANGELS" SUCKED--relax a little!--AND NOW,
YOU ARE ACTUALLY TRYING TO TELL ME THAT THIS PIECE OF S*** MOVIE IS
"ACTUALLY PRETTY FUNNY"??
Listen, man, I'm serious! Remember that
feeling you had when you saw the preview for
"Road Trip" and
thought, yeah, that is gonna blow...and then, you saw the movie?
"Road Trip" was hilarious, and I can honestly say that everyone I
know that actually saw the movie had at least something to laugh at,
even if they felt pretty ashamed to admit it.
Well, "Dude, Where's My Car?" is no
different. Sure, the movie has almost no story: Jesse (Ashton
Kutcher, "That 70s Show") and Chester (Scott) are two pot-smoking
teenagers that start the movie waking up from a bad-ass drinking
binge and no memory of what happened the night before. They do
remember--okay, they are reminded--that their twin sister
girlfriends are looking for their one-year anniversary gifts from
the boys, so Jesse and Chester walk out of their house to get the
gifts from Jesse's car. Unfortunately, Jesse's car is nowhere to be
found...so, the guys set off looking for the vehicle for the rest of
the film. What happens on the way is so ridiculous and so random
that the movie plays like a sketch comedy. Of course, some of it is
Kutcher is pretty good in this film; this
doesn't seem to be too much of a stretch given that many of his
lines are no longer than "dude!" but he and Scott create some great
chemistry as they stumble from scene to scene. By the time they are
staring down Fabio (in a cameo) during a hilarious drag-racing
sequence mid-film, you either love these guys or you don't...and,
admittedly, I did. Scott is good here, but was head-and-shoulders
better in both of his previous films. He is clearly playing Dee Dee
Mccall to Fred Dryer's Hunter...if you, ahem, know what I mean. The
rest of the cast is interjected very sporadically throughout, but
good work comes from the film's cameos by Fabio, Brent Spiner and
Andy Dick...not to mention Kristy Swanson, who I swore was out of
the film world. She looks no older than 25 in this film, and I
thought for sure she was a woman of 40.
The highlights of Jesse & Chester's
adventure here include a pot-smoking dog, the "Bust a Move"/Young MC
video sequence and a trip to the Chinese Fooood drive-thru. These
scenes are hilarious...but, just as many gags fall short or are just
plain dumb. The good usually outweighs the bad...but, there is a
noticeable lull about 3/4 of the way through the 85-minute film that
seals its mediocre fate. By the time a set of crazed ostriches
attack the unsuspecting boys, you are probably shaking your head
wondering where some of the funny stuff went.
But, a decent ending and some decent
outtakes level off the movie and it leaves a "Dude! Not bad...let's
get some McDonald's!" taste in your mouth. So, we did.
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"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard