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You, Me and Dupree (HD DVD)
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You, Me and Dupree (HD DVD)
Advantages: Kate Hudson in her smalls
Disadvantages: Lack of on screen chemistry, not that funny, not Wilson at his best
Please note that this is a review of the film only. I do not watch the bonus features, director's cuts/commentary or anything else apart from the main feature therefore I cannot comment on these aspects of the DVD.
Written by Michael LeSieur and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo "You Me and Dupree" is a story about a long term friendship that was released back in August 2006.
Carl and Molly Peterson are two newly-weds looking forward to a long and happy life together. Having recently moved in to a new home in a nice area, both have good steady jobs and things are definitely looking sweet. However, their world is about to be shook up by Dupree, a lifelong friend of Carl.
Having found out that Dupree lost his job and home, just so he could be present at the wedding, the pair start feeling guilty and let Dupree stay with them so he can sort himself out and get back on his feet. With Dupree starting to outstay his welcome and Molly wanting him gone combined with Mr Thompson (Molly's father) applying pressure Carl is starting to feel the pinch and paranoia about his position as 'man of the household' sets in.
Will Dupree ever go? Will the friendship and the marriage survive this tough test? Does a name really make a man?
Finding this film in the comedy section of my local DVD shop, and starring Owen Wilson, I was under the impression this film was going to be quite funny and whilst I knew it wouldn't have me in stitches throughout I thought it would make me laugh a bit. Unfortunately, it failed to make me chuckle let alone give a full on belly aching laugh so it was a bit of a disappointment.
First impressions were very good and the opening scenes looked promising, however it did start to slide somewhat. The story line had loads of potential and with numerous ways the producers could have developed it I think the finished article lacked depth, thought and originality. Consequently, it is a bit run of the mill and very predictable, yet despite this "You Me and Dupree" is still enjoyable, entertaining and quite an endearing film that tugs at the heart strings in certain places.
One thing I noticed whilst watching this film was the total lack of chemistry between the cast. The onscreen relationships were false and totally unbelievable, and I think the film suffered as a result. Some actors seem to "gel" and their performance on screen just works. Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker, Will Smith/Martin Lawrence, Vince Vaughan/Owen Wilson are prime examples of partnerships that worked, but the Owen Wilson/Matt Dillon and Matt Dillon/Kate Hudson combinations just don't and I found them to be flat. In my opinion, the only part of the film that looked believable was the Wilson/Hudson scene at the dinner table.
Maybe Wilson should have been cast as Karl instead of Dupree? Other than in that one scene none of the cast seemed to "gel" and rather than a team working towards a common goal they came across as every man/woman for him/herself, and I think the film suffered somewhat as a result.
Overall the acting is pretty mediocre and nothing to shout about. Owen Wilson definitely gives the best performance and is by far the funniest character. That said, the performance of Dupree is not Owen Wilson at his best, and he appears to have lost his "mojo" somewhat. Maybe it is the cast of fellow actors that affect how Wilson performs and if this is the case then I think he should stick to Vince Vaughan.
I have never really warmed to Matt Dillon as an actor and I just don't find him funny. From his poor lack lustre efforts in "There's Something About Mary" to " I just don't find him entertaining to watch and it was no different in this film.
Kate Hudson was watchable but all for the wrong reasons. Watching her prance around in her skimpy undies and seeing her light up the screen with her distinctive and heart melting smile definitely kept me hooked whilst she was on screen, but her actual acting performance in this film just didn't do it for me. In my opinion, she was brilliant in "How To Lose A Guy In 10 days" so her performance in this was a bit disappointing. Despite this I will definitely watch other films she is in/will be in purely because she is just so gorgeous.
Seth Rogan's relatively small role of was equally un-inspiring. Whilst his role was not completely the typical "stoner and lazy bum" roles he is usually cast for it was not a million miles away. Seth really does appear to be a bit of a one trick pony and I don't rate him that highly.
****Would I recommend it?****
If you are looking for a laugh out loud film then this is not for you. If you are looking for a deep and meaningful film then this is not for you. If you are looking for a fast, high octane and fast action paced film then this is not for you. However, if you are looking for a simple and easy to watch film that requires no concentration then this is a film to consider.
The acting isn't brilliant and die-hard Owen Wilson fans are likely to be disappointed with lack lustre performance but he does give the best performance by a long way and this film would be totally flat without him although watching the stunning Kate Hudson in little clothing does make up for it, so it's not all bad.
Carl Peterson - Matt Dillon
Molly Peterson - Kate Hudson
Dupree - Owen Wilson
Mr Thompson - Michael Douglas
Neil - Seth Rogan
Annie - Amanda Detmer
Run time - 108 minutes
Certificate - 12
One award and two other nominations
Summary: A lack lustre comedy