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You,Me and Dupree (PG-13)

Release Date: July 14th, 2006 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas, Seth Rogen, Amanda Detmer.
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.

ASIC PREMISE: When Molly (Hudson) and Carl (Dillon), a newlywed couple, let Dupree (Wilson), the best man, stay over their house, they get more than they bargained for. ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: You, Me and Dupree has a few moments of hilarity thanks to Owen Wilson’s great comic timing, but fails to be funny or dramatically engaging most of the time. Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson are both appealing and likable as Molly and Dupree, as if they were meant to be together. On the other hand, Molly’s overworked husband, Carl comes across as dull and occasionally arrogant. Michael Douglas plays Molly’s wealthy father who also happens to be Carl’s boss. He doesn’t really like Carl, so he tries to convince him to have a vasectomy. Is that even supposed to be remotely funny? Dupree provides a few decent laughs, but the juvenile script by Mike LeSieur cops out with too much silly physical humor—and, not surprisingly, toilet humor as well. Unfortunately, as the thin plot unfolds, plausibility diminishes and the attempts for comedy continue to feel forced and awkward—i.e., a subplot regarding Carl’s collection of Asian porn. A chase sequence in the third act goes way over-the-top and feels too contrived and poorly-directed. Ultimately, Dupree remains the liveliest and interesting character but doesn’t quite fit into this cliché-ridden, silly, immature movie. A dull scene after the end credits adds nothing.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Clichéd and contrived with too much juvenile humor.


IN A NUTSHELL: Owen Wilson shines, but the movie itself has too much juvenile humor, clichés, and contrived scenes.


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