YOU, ME AND DUPREE

 

 

Review by Mark Walters

 

There's something about Owen Wilson. You just have to like the guy from the second he opens his mouth. He's like that guy in school that was just cool to everyone, and you enjoyed seeing him in the hall. Owen Wilson is, in a word, endearing. And it's that quality that is making him a pretty bankable leading man in comedy films these days. In the new film YOU, ME AND DUPREE he plays an unwanted roommate forced upon a newly married couple. But can an actor so endearing ever really be annoying enough to become a nuisance?

Our story opens with a wedding between Molly (Kate Hudson) and Carl (Matt Dillon). All of Carl's friends are there to cheer him on, including his best man Dupree (Owen Wilson). At first things seem to go well. Carl gets a promotion from his boss, who just so happens to be Molly's dad Mr. Thompson (Michael Douglas), and the new couple are very happy together. Then Carl finds out that Dupree lost his job, and has nowhere to live. In an effort to help his friend, Carl invites his best man to live with him and Molly until he gets back on his feet. But Dupree gets a little too settled in, and his job search doesn't appear to be priority. To make matters worse, Molly's wealthy and judgmental father begins pushing Carl to the limits at work, and emasculating him in the process. Can this newly married couple survive the pressures of their jobs, or more importantly their unwanted houseguest?  Then again, maybe Dupree is just what they need to figure out what's wrong in their lives.

Okay, so this isn't anything we haven't seen before, and it may not be as good as what we've seen before, but YOU, ME AND DUPREE does at least start out as a fairly entertaining film. Wilson is pretty solid as the wacky friend, and manages more than a few laugh out loud moments. But for every scene that hits, there are also quite a few misses.  One of the biggest problems with the movie is that it unfortunately holds back more than it should. Some of the comedic moments really could've been amped up for a much bigger payoff, but instead come across as pretty standard fare. On the other side of that coin there are also some dramatic moments that never reach their full potential. Essentially this is one of those films where you've got a seemingly happy couple that must tolerate an outside person, their experiences with that outside person makes them realize that their relationship isn't all wine and roses, and hopefully the outsider can help make
things right before it's too late. Movies have used this type of formula for years, never putting more than a slight variation on it.  Where the movie ultimately fails is in its final act, which not only drags on a bit too long, but doesn't quite satisfy in the end.  Wilson is funny, but starting to get just a bit tired with his all too familiar performance.  Kate Hudson doesn't have a whole lot to do here.  The story doesn't give her many important character moments, save for some heightened emotions late in the film.  Matt Dillon is pretty solid as the straight man of the Wilson/Dillon duo.  I actually found him in some ways more likable than Owen.  Michael Douglas turns in a subdued but effective performance as Molly's overbearing father.  The most disappointing moments in the film come through missed opportunities between his character and Matt Dillon.  Even THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRIGN's Seth Rogen, who has sporadic moments of comedic charm, can't save this by-the-numbers dreck.  This sadly turns into one of those forgettable comedies that only has select moments of quality.  Is Hollywood too formulaic for its own good?  This movie would lead me to say yes.

BIGFANBOY.com score - On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, I give YOU, ME AND DUPREE a 6.


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