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Not For Me Dupree
You, Me and Dupree (HD DVD)
Member Name: NikkiH
You, Me and Dupree (HD DVD)
Advantages: Dillon looks hot!
Disadvantages: Not funny
When I was much younger I was a fan of the so called "Brat Pack", which at the time included Matt Dillon. Admittedly, he is not the world's greatest actor but I have always been drawn to films he has starred in and he is very easy on the eye. In fact, he has matured like a fine wine, and for me tops the likes of Tom Cruise in the looks department. Anyway, letching over, that sort of explains what drew me to "You, Me & Dupree", because I am not particularly a fan of the other stars Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson. I find Hudson bland, and a more watered down version of her mother, whilst I just cannot understand the huge attraction with Owen Wilson. He is an acceptable right hand man to the likes of Vince Vaughan, but he is not a leading man in my eyes. He lacks the charisma and the humility to make me want to watch him.
Wilson stars as Randolph Dupree, a friendly but childlike character who due to bad decisions, bad planning and the luck that comes with that he is homeless. He tries to sleep in the local bar but the customers soon take umbridge at that. The crux of it is that he took a week off for his best friend's wedding and lost his job, so said friend Karl Peterson (Dillon) invites him to crash at his house, which considering he is a newlywed, his wife Molly (Hudson) does not protest as much as I would have in that situation. Dupree is the ultimate freeloader and liberty taker. This man even rerecords the Peterson's answerphone message the same day that he moves in. Overcoming initial settling in issues such as Dupree sleeping naked on their new sofas, Molly soon starts to get used to having Dupree around, especially as Karl fails to balance married life with ambition and workload, especially now he is employed in Molly's father's company.
Dupree starts to fill the gap of companion and confidante which Molly thought she would get when she married Karl. Everyone seems to think having Dupree around is a good thing until there is an accident when he is "entertaining" a lady friend, and the Peterson's are left to pick up the pieces. From this point on, the story becomes painfully predictable and lacking in comedic value. The bodily function jokes have been done time and time again, and by actors with much more impressive comic timing.
This film is billed as a comedy, and I did let out the odd snigger or giggle, but not once did I find myself truly laughing at a joke or a one liner. The characters are bland that I had no interest or connection with them. Hudson smiles more than she acts, and an unusually uptight Dillon seems content to just take a back seat, when really he is much better than that. I have seen "Wedding Crashers" and didn't think Wilson did anything particularly spectacular there either. He is falling into the stereotype of choosing roles which are down on their luck but loveable rogues, however the life of these types of characters is notoriously short, because soon someone younger (especially as Wilson looks aged now) and much prettier will come along to take those parts. The inclusion of Michael Douglas as Molly's dad was a bit bemusing, and almost certainly an unnecessary storyline, as rather than entertain, it just irritated me, and seemed to have no intent or direction. He seems intent on breaking up his daughter's marriage when in reality he would have done all of this pre ceremony if he felt as strongly about Karl as he is meant to. Seth Rogen has a bit part as Dupree and Karl's friend.
Running at 1 hour 50 minutes, my overall feeling about the film is that it is dull and just too predictable.
Summary: Comedy which lacks comedy!