YOU, ME AND DUPREE|
U.S. Release Date:
July 14, 2006
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Producer: Mary Parent, Scott Stuber
Composer: Rolfe Kent, Theodore Shapiro
Cast: Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas, Seth Rogen
Running Time: 1 hour and 48 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (sexual content, brief nudity, crude humor, language and a drug reference)
Owen Wilson's thirtysomething imbecile is at the core of You, Me and Dupree, another noble doofus comedy. The broken-nosed blond plays third wheel to newlyweds Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson, making their lives intolerable. This flimsy basis supports a predictable, choppy story.
Wilson's Dupree is the supposedly lovable loser, a slob who belongs in a movie with Adam Sandler or, Wilson's Wedding Crashers co-star, Vince Vaughn. Moronic humor is all the rage in Hollywood, and You, Me and Dupree is better than either Click or The Break-Up, even if that's not much. Dillon plays an architect and Hudson is his schoolteacher wife. They open their home to dipstick Dupree when he loses his job. Wilson's satisfactory as the clueless dude.
If ignorance is bliss, Dupree's in paradise. He coasts through life evading reality, sponging off friends and making no sense. After he's caught having sex with the grade school librarian, which sets the house on fire, he makes himself over into a sensitive, poetic guru. The trouble with this is that ignorance is not bliss and You, Me and Dupree is not especially funny in trying to convince otherwise. This picture is too sappy to be stupid and too dense to be sentimental.
Jokes go flat faster than an open can of week-old soda pop. As the best friend's wife, Hudsonósweeter this time but still blandówarms to Dupree, who skateboards with the neighbor kids and sleeps in the raw. Michael Douglas plays her standard-issue, evil businessman dad, who tries to torpedo her new marriage to Dillon.
Dillon, whose character works for Douglas' developer titan, trips in the part. As an architect who compromises his core principles in seconds, not minutes, the comically capable actor (In and Out, There's Something About Mary) spins in a movie that depends too heavily on his contradictory character. He's supposed to be the conformist contrast to Dupree's aimless dolt but it's not believable.
Built as an Owen Wilson vehicle, You, Me and Dupree sputters and stalls. The overgrown goof scores his laughs by milking the unwanted but kind-minded guest, like Uncle Buck, but with none of the character development and the humor is purely situational. The ending, involving a brigade of neighbor children enlisted to save his friends' marriage, runs out of gas.
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