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You, Me and Dupree
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Starring: Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.youmeanddupree.com
Kiddie Movie: It's really geared for adults.  Let them babysit.
Date Movie: Good for both dudes and dudettes.
Gratuitous Sex: Skimpy outfits and Owen Wilson's butt.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fun fighting.
Action: Some fun chasing.
Laughs: A pretty good plate of them.
Memorable Scene: Carl walking into the the bar with "The Michael Stanley Band" on the jukebox.
Memorable Quote: I can't quote it, but it's all about getting a vasectomy.
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Produced By: Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, Owen Wilson

You, Me and Dupree
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:49 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Okay, I have to admit, right off the bat, that even though my official rating is 4 Ĺ stars for "You, Me and Dupree," itís really around a 3 Ĺ star movie. Sure, the movie had some nice shots of Kate Hudsonís butt, and a fine-looking butt it is, but the butt still had clothes on it. And the movie had nice shots of Kate Hudsonís body, and a fine-looking body it is, but the body still had clothes on it. And the movie also had a shot of Owen Wilsonís butt, and it had no clothes on it, and that almost lost the movie a star, but for "You, Me and Dupree" I gave the movie an extra star for another reason, and if you want to know why, youíll have to wait until the end of this review. Iíll give a slight hint, and those are the letters MSB. First the storyÖ

"You, Me and Dupree" isnít really a shockingly surprising movie especially if you have seen the trailer. Pretty much Molly and Carl (played by Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon) get hitched, and Carlís best man is Dupree (Owen Wilson), or maybe we should call him Randolph. Itís after the honeymoon and Carl meets up with Dupree in the local bar (the scene which gives the movie my extra star), where Dupree tells Carl that he has lost his job, lost his apartment, lost his car, and has been living at the bar. Then Dupree gets even worse news and finds out he canít sleep in the bar anymore, so he takes Carl up on his offer to move into the Molly & Carl pad for a while. Of course Molly doesnít know this yet, and when told, doesnít take the news too well. And so, with Dupree living in their house, and Carlís job becoming way-too complicated because he works for Mollyís dad, played by Michael Douglas, mayhem and funniness ensues. Yup, Dupree messes up the house, and yup, Dupree burns up the living room while entertaining a lady, and yup, Dupree seems to be the reason Molly and Carlís marriage is hitting the skids. But yes, things go from bad to worse for Carl, Dupree has his epiphany, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Fine, that movie synopsis is kind of short, but really, do you need any more? Dupree is a slacker moving into a house of newlyweds and things go mostly the ways you can expect. The thing is Dupree has a big heart, really just wants to be liked by everyone, even the kids in the neighborhood, and so, even after he burns down your living room, when he gives you that puppy-dog, "Iím sorry" look, you melt back into liking him, and letting him move back in.

Pretty much this movie just kind of works because itís geared for adults, and we all have that slacker friend, like Dupree, that we can relate with, and know that if we let him move into our house, we might find ourselves in the same situation as Molly and Carl. And the casting for this movie did a pretty great job at its pickings. Who better to play the older slacker, with a vision, than Owen Wilson? And Matt Dillon does a great job as the best friend of Dupree, then stuck in a job with dad-in-law who hates him, then slowly transforming into the husband who works too much and then believes his best friend is making the moves on his wife. As the wacky dad-in-law Michael Douglas is great, especially when asking Carl to change his last name, and finally, as I go from movie to movie, falling in love and wanting to stalk the lead dudettes, Kate Hudson is the latest I want to stalk. She is smokiní hot, has a smokiní body, a killer smile, and at least in the movie, says she likes to have a good time when she drinks.

So all that being written, "You, Me and Dupree" is an adult comedy that, yes, even the dudes can probably have fun at. The jokes are simple, but not too many actors do simple jokes better (and this is a compliment) than Owen Wilson, and in this movie, he does it well. Donít take it too seriously coming in and you should have a good time. And as I mentioned it earlier, itís about 3 Ĺ stars out of 5.

And so, that extra star.

Itís early in the movie, our couple is newly-wed, and Carl just got a "promotion." Heís supposed to head home to celebrate with Molly, but instead finds himself at the local watering hole, with Dupree. As Carl walked into the bar a song is starting, maybe on the jukebox I suppose. I heard a way familiar guitar riff from, I believe it is Gary Markasky, an all-too-familiar-to-me Kevin Raleigh yelling "Come on!" followed by some saxophone from The Big Man, yes, that big man, Clarence Clemons (he guest-helped on the original recordings), then Kevin Raleighís voice continuing with "Everyday, I fell love growin/What to say, about it showin/And whoís this guy/Sayin that he knows how to mystify/You know they just come and go honey." I silently said to myself, even though I wanted to shout it to the crowd, "That song is ĎHe Canít Love You.í Itís from The Michael Stanley Band! Itís from the album ĎHeartlandí that also has one of my favoritist lines in all of my music world, in the song ĎLover,í - ĎThank God for the man who put the white lines on the highway.í Holy shit!" Okay, in my head I suppose I wanted to say all of those things, but really I just wanted to say "Holy shit! Thatís The Michael Stanley Band!" So, fine, my extra star for this movie isnít about nudity, it isnít about violence, it isnít even about super-de-duper effects, it is just about a song. Thank you to whomever got that song into "You, Me and Dupree." For this reviewer, it made the movie that much better.

With the inclusion of a totally appropriate Michael Stanley Band song, Iím giving "You, Me and Dupree" 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. There are a bunch of funny moments, but for me, I loved this surprise. For the rest of you, you get "Funky Cold Medina," and that should at least bump the movie from a 3 1/2 starrer to 4 stars.  For this Rightdudeness (thank you Randolph), I'm sticking with 4 1/2 stars.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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