You, Me and Dupree
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||Owen Wilson, Matt
Dillon, Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas
||It's really geared
for adults. Let them babysit.
Good for both dudes and dudettes.
||Skimpy outfits and
Owen Wilson's butt.
||Some fun fighting.
||Some fun chasing.
||A pretty good
plate of them.
||Carl walking into
the the bar with "The Michael Stanley Band" on the jukebox.
||I can't quote it,
but it's all about getting a vasectomy.
||Anthony Russo, Joe
||Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, Owen Wilson
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
A Movie Review
"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!!