You, Me And Dupree

on July 14, 2006 by Bridget Byrne
Owen Wilson as Dupree is seen watching "Roman Holiday." Presumably this is meant to emphasize that deep in him somewhere, beneath the goofball character's crass, foolish, unsophisticated, disheveled exterior, he can recognize good taste, class and real beauty when he sees it. All it does for us, the audience is to make us wish we were watching the touching Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck romantic comedy rather than "You, Me and Dupree," which is neither romantic nor funny.

A one-thought story concept has slacker man-child Randy Dupree moving in with his best friend, Carl Petersen (Matt Dillon), who has actually grown up and got married to Molly (Kate Hudson), his boss' daughter. Dupree's presence is annoying and disruptive, but not remotely convincing as a legitimate catalyst for exposing anything insightful, amusing or charming about modern relationships.

Added into the mix is Michael Douglas, channeling father Kirk more than ever, who clearly doesn't want his daughter to live happily ever after, at least not with some man other than himself. Dillon and Hudson as the beleaguered couple look attractive -- in contrast to Wilson -- and try hard to bring some definition and depth to paper-thin characters. They don't succeed. Wilson is just all over the place -- untidy, unfocused, at times bare-ass naked, and all the time unappealing. Starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon and Michael Douglas. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Written by Mike LeSieur. Produced by Owen Wilson, Scott Stuber and Mary Parent. A Universal release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, crude humor, language and a drug reference. Running time: 108 min

Tags: buddy comedy, friendship, disaster, romance, houseguest, crude humor, Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Russo Brothers, Scott Stuber, Mary Parent

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