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You, Me and Dupree
See what happens when three’s a crowd
You, Me and Dupree
Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, and Matt Dillon in "You, Me and Dupree".
OPENING WEEKEND: $55,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $175,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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February 5th, 2006: Carl (Matt Dillon) and Molly Peterson (Kate Hudson) are a happy newlywed couple, excited to embark on a lifelong journey together. Randy Dupree (Owen Wilson) is Carl’s childhood friend, who has suddenly found himself unemployed and homeless. Always loyal and good-natured, Carl invites Randy to stay in his new home until the unlucky chap can get back on his feet. Although Carl is pleased with his guest at first, Randy’s immature and irresponsible behavior soon becomes evident. Molly in particular is having difficulty adjusting to Randy’s obnoxious antics. While Carl becomes engulfed in his professional life, Randy uses all his spare time impressing the neighbors with his carefree attitude and atypical wisdom. As days pass, Molly grows accustomed to his company and even introduces him to her father (Michael Douglas). While everyone else is infatuated with Randy’s magnetic personality, Carl actually wants his once great friend to disappear.

What to Expect: The directing duo of the Russo brothers was behind the camera for many “Arrested Development” episodes, including the pilot. The brilliant, but tragically ill-fated show has been one of the most inspiring sources of comedy over the last few years. With savagely dry humor, a superb narration by actor-director Ron Howard, and magnificently convoluted storylines, bursting with irony, it was one of the most original programs of any kind on television. Unfortunately, it may have contained too much information for the general public to process, as the show failed to get good ratings. Perhaps it was the lack of a traditional laugh track that threw people off. The slew of critical awards it received has not saved it from cancellation. As a fan, I can honestly say that I could have helped the ratings a bit, if only Fox wouldn’t have moved the show to a different night each week. Either way, the Russo brothers are ready to move on. With You, Me and Dupree finished and four other projects in the works, they’re among the hottest directors in Hollywood at the moment.

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The cast is a great fit for the material as it includes long-time veterans and Oscar nominees, all gifted comedy personalities. Matt Dillon has always been a steady performer and has finally been rewarded for his years of valuable contributions with an Academy Award nomination. His portrayal of the racist police officer in Crash (one of the finest films of 2005), who ultimately gets a chance at redemption, earned him a Best Supporting Actor nod from the Academy members. In You, Me, and Dupree he’s going to have the normal guy role, which may be slightly odd territory for him. Usually, in films like Wild Things or the hysterical There’s Something About Mary, he has thrived when playing characters having a bit of a mean streak. He should be able to handle the role competently, but hopefully the screenplay will give him the opportunity to stand out in contrast to the lively Dupree. Not quite as subtle as Dillon, Owen Wilson (Shanghai Noon, Meet the Parents, I Spy, Starsky & Hutch) has become a superstar of the blockbuster comedy genre. Last year’s uproarious hit Wedding Crashers, which starred Wilson and Vince Vaughn, made over $200 million in U.S. theaters. The two will be competing this summer, since Vaughn’s The Break Up comes out just a month prior to You, Me and Dupree. Among Wilson’s numerous hits, his credits include several critical and commercial disasters, but he’s a true comedic virtuoso given the right script. I especially enjoyed his more subtle work with director Wes Anderson in Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, and the delightfully imaginative The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Kate Hudson, on the other hand, has failed to make a single memorable picture since her breakout performance in Almost Famous. The Oscar nominated actress is starving for a feature that will bring her back into the spotlight. Let’s not forget Michael Douglas who is a terrific prospect in a comedy like this. Known mostly for his serious roles, he has shown tremendous range and a healthy sense of humor over the years in movies like Wonder Boys or One Night at McCool’s. The clash between the light material and Douglas’ typically stern on-screen persona will generate some easy laughs.

The main problem with You, Me and Dupree is its unoriginal premise. If you’ve seen What About Bob? or any other annoying houseguest movie, you should know what to expect. Furthermore, in Dupree’s case, Wilson’s character is not insane, but rather infuriating by nature, so the same traits that made Bob endearing might make Dupree appear just plain stupid. It’s a one trick pony and no matter how many times Carl is going to ask Randy to behave, the plot will insist on Randy to continue his antics as if though common sense is just not part of his vocabulary. It’s clearly a formula that could run thin if handled improperly. This is actually not the first feature film for the Russo brothers either, as the two made Welcome to Collinwood a few years back. That film’s mediocre reviews and poor performance at the box office carries a warning that their direction may not assure success.

In Conclusion: With the Russo brothers directing, it’s possible that You, Me and Dupree will transform into a hip and cheeky comedy, similar to “Arrested Development,” but its not a guarantee. The stars involved and the marketing for the film will ensure generous box office receipts. In fact, I think that it will outperform its competition, Click and The Break Up. However, the material will ultimately fail to exceed the expectations and desires of comedy fans, entertaining and frustrating in equal measures.

Similar Titles: What About Bob?, Houseguest, Bringing Down the House
July 14th, 2006 (wide)
November 21st, 2006 (DVD)

Universal Pictures

Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas, David Koechner, Seth Rogen

Total: 33 vote(s).


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, crude humor, language and a drug reference.

108 min





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