"You, Me and Dupree"
Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo.
Written by Mike LeSieur.
Starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon and Michael Douglas.
Release Year: 2006
Review Date: 7/26/06
I left it up to my friend Rina, who showed
up at the Tysons AMC Theaters and had to pick from the movies I
hadn't seen...and, she went with "You, Me and Dupree", which ended
up being a fair, if bland, choice given the pool of contestants.
The problem with the film is the same
problem almost all films fronted by your friend and mine, Owen
Wilson--the film never aspires to be great, it never pushes the
laughs to the limit, it never gives you an ounce of originality, but
the guy's laid-back persona makes "You, Me and Dupree" watchable, if
ultimately forgettable. This time, the slacker that Wilson
plays is named Dupree, best friend and best man to Carl (Matt
Dillon) at his wedding in Hawaii as the film opens. Carl, who
marries a lovely teacher named Molly (Kate Hudson), has married into
a family where his new father-in-law (Michael Douglas) is actually
his current boss at a real estate firm...and, the kind of boss that
is going to be really hard to work for really soon! Back home
from the honeymoon, Carl and Molly are excited to live their life
together...until their old buddy Dupree loses his job, his
apartment, and all of his pride in about a week, and Carl suggests
to Dupree that he move into the newlyweds' single family home.
Unfortunately, Dupree is the housemate from
hell, and the rest of the film explores the consequences for putting
up your best friend, even IF he's a total fucking slob.
Wilson appears to do this kind of work in
his sleep; he's occasionally funny, he always looks like a ham, he
doesn't do drama well and his playful nature either works for you or
it annoys the living shit out of you. In "You, Me and Dupree",
it goes in all directions, but generally, he captures the essence of
the "fuck 'em all" attitude that has made him a big star. By
the time he's explaining the brush-back pitch to an Asian kid that's
in the high school orchestra, the film either SHOULD work for you or
not...but, strangely, in the case of Rina and I, we were in awkward
agreement that the film somehow sits squarely on the fence because
of the predictable marriage drama that unfolds matched with a few
solid belly laughs sprinkled just so, to keep the comedy moving.
Hudson, Dillon and Wilson make for a great three-way team, even if
their material is a bit stale; their chemistry makes this shit
When the material is bad, though, it sucks;
there are a few stretches where no one laughed at anything for a few
minutes at a time; Douglas, usually so good in everything, doesn't
bring it home this go-round. Save for the song over the film's
epilogue, the soundtrack was blah; the look of the film is very blah
as well, standard for comedy but every little bit helps when you are
trying to keep guys like me awake. The kids weren't bad,
Eh, "You, Me and Dupree" is alright, nothing
special, it didn't suck, Rina and I did do some good laughing
throughout the film, but Wilson shoots for such a low bar that I
guess this should be par for the course. I wish he just tried
harder! "Go out...and...get yourself...a good job!"
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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