You, Me and Dupree

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2

Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Seth Rogen, Amanda Detmer and Michael Douglas. Written by Michael LeSieur. Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo.

Newlyweds Carl and Molly Peterson (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson) are starting their new life together. All that impedes their blissful union is Carls maturity-impaired slacker friend Randy Dupree (Owen Wilson). Suddenly without job or home, Dupree is invited to stay for a few days. Soon, however, it becomes apparent that Dupree is going to overstay his welcome.

As Carl becomes buried in his job, Dupree uses his ample spare time to become a great companion for Molly. Even her dad (Michael Douglas) and the neighbors are falling for his carefree wisdom and charm, which frustrates Carl no end.

Every time a reviewer worth his weight enters a theater, hes filled with the promise of what movies can be. And the Christian critic hopes against the odds that a humanist moviemaker will include a biblical principal that overshadows content meant for our baser instincts. Sad to say, all that hope of promise was wasted on You, Me and Dupree.

I cant decide which was more disappointing: the performances, the stupidity and crudeness of the script, or the films overall insincerity. True, no one sets out to make a bad movie, but evidently there are a great many people in Hollywoodland more concerned with how they look than their script choices. Case in point: Kate Hudson. Here we see Goldies daughter in her underwear and later in an itsy bitsy bikini. But heres the realization of that award-worthy little shape. Kate has to be spending a great deal of time in the gym. And no doubt, she employs a dietician who determines exactly what goes into that award-worthy little shape. I just wish she would apply as much effort when selecting film roles. Then again, maybe You, Me and Dupree was the best she was offered. Thats a depressing thought.

Everyone involved is capable of better work and has proved it, but their attempts here are routine, resulting in performances that are not very funny and certainly not touching. The script is not just silly, which we accept in screen comedies, but annoying as well. And these characters are dumber than a bagful of hammers.

Though the concept was bright, the dim script, is riddled with crudity and a lead performance more exasperating than Beetlejuice. Theres no heart, no genuineness. Its drama, like the humor, is forced, sappy and disingenuous. The result a flat, mediocre and stunningly disappointing spectacle the leads should leave off their resume.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
Universal

Summary
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Crude Language: There are several crude sexual comments and situations.

Obscene Language: 10 obscenities (mostly the s-word, with one use of the f-word)

Profanity: 4 profane uses of Gods name and one of Jesus name.

Violence: Some slapstick humor is derived from a man on a bike hit by a car and a man hits another with a formidable candlestick.

Sex: A few sexual situations, including a semi-graphic masturbation scene, and the discovery of a stash of porn.

Nudity: Bare backside of Dupree as he sleeps. Kate is seen in skimpy attire in several scenes.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: One obscene gesture.

Drugs: Lots of drinking throughout. Each time the two leads get frustrated, they wind up drinking to excess.

Other: None

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults


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