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You, Me & Dupree
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by U.J. Lessing

"It’s the Owen Wilson Show! Starring Owen Wilson! Heeeere’s Owen!"
3 stars

There have been lots of films about an insufferable guest who refuses to leave. We’ve endured the forced laughs that films like “What About Bob” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” sucked out of our chests like a fireplace bellows. But “You, Me and Dupree” is different, because its unwelcome guest is poles apart from those other guys. In reality, Nick Nolte and Bill Murray’s characters wouldn’t have lasted two minutes on most of our doorsteps, but if Owen Wilson’s charming creation, Dupree, ever stopped by, we’d unfold the futon without a second thought.

The premise of “You, Me and Dupree” is simple enough to be inferred from the movie poster, yet the storyline is needlessly complicated. Carl (Matt Dillon) marries his boss’s daughter, Molly (Kate Hudson). Carl’s best man is Randy Dupree (Owen Wilson), a free spirit who floats from job to job with out any investment or ambition. He’s never really grown up, and he has a code-of-conduct that Carl has somewhat reluctantly left behind upon entering the adult world.

When Dupree loses his job, lodging and car, Carl and Molly reluctantly take him in. At this point the film splinters into many competing and conflicting storylines. Dupree is destructive. Dupree is more sensitive to Molly’s needs than Carl. Carl’s father-in-law boss (Michael Douglas in a throw-away role) overworks him in an attempt to end his marriage. Dupree’s sexuality takes over the house. Dupree charms the neighborhood kids. Carl fights to create a housing project that people would want to live in.

Both Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson’s characters undergo so many radical shifts that their characterizations become a series of quizzical looks, pouty facial expressions, and exasperated jumps and rolls. Their romantic chemistry (which exists initially) rapidly fades as the movie progresses.

And then there is Owen Wilson. First off, if you are not a fan of Owen Wilson’s previous portrayals of spontaneous and amiable rascals, read no further. This is not your film. I’m a fan, because Wilson’s stylized delivery and soft-spoken roles seem to reflect so much of his own personality.

Listen to his commentary on the Criterion DVD of “Rushmore.” In many ways, Owen Wilson really is the charming, free-spirited Dupree.

Wilson is clearly having fun. Whether he’s lecturing a classroom of elementary students about how his “mothership” hasn’t come, interviewing for a job he clearly doesn’t want, being chased through corporate offices by a burly Polynesian security guard, Paco (Sidney S. Liufau is the only other actor besides Wilson who is having any fun) or pining for a lost love he knew for all of ten minutes, Owen Wilson never loses command of the film.

Some films succeed because of ensemble work. Some films succeed because of interesting direction. Some films succeed because of sharp writing. “You, Me and Dupree” has none of these essentials, but it does have Owen Wilson, who not only carries the movie, but also bears the project proudly on his shoulders while dancing the Fandango. His joyous performance is delight in its purest form.

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5/06/09 art THE PIT"S! 1 stars
11/29/08 Samantha Pruitt this movie was painful to watch, and very unfunny, i hate Kate Hudon!!! 1 stars
6/17/07 Dan Long and pointless. I can't understand why this was made. 1 stars
3/05/07 Robin Hudspeth It's funny. A light-hearted movie. 4 stars
12/21/06 Ashley Corpening MOSTLY good.But Michael Douglas's character is just irritating, not entertaining. 4 stars
10/15/06 William Goss Maybe a halfhearted snicker or two, but exhaustingly average in every way. 2 stars
9/25/06 Anthony Feor Why have comedy movies gotten so tiresome? 3 stars
9/17/06 Cheryl Mayfield Cheap copout ending. Should've had Molly learn truth of vasectomy matter & confront father. 3 stars
9/16/06 Jenna Furr Funnier than it has any right to be in light of women-are-too-pure-for-poopoo implication. 4 stars
9/01/06 Mr Bayg More like, you me and my ASS. Anybody who likes this movie should suck BUTT (PERIOD). 1 stars
8/20/06 Jim Awfully long dry stretches interspersed with inspired lunacy 3 stars
8/17/06 Nix funniest movie i'v seen 4 a while 5 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant The biggest piece of shit you'll find floating at the multiplexes this summer. 1 stars
8/05/06 Chris Wilbik It was ok nothing special 3 stars
7/19/06 jay not bad 4 stars
7/15/06 Edler Same old Owen Wilson -- it is quite old! 3 stars
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  14-Jul-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 21-Nov-2006



Directed by
  Anthony Russo
  Joe Russo

Written by
  Michael LeSieur

  Owen Wilson
  Kate Hudson
  Matt Dillon
  Seth Rogen
  Amanda Detmer
  Michael Douglas

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