The Good

A surprisingly funny movie that never falters do to sophomoric humor.

The Bad

We need more spoof trailers of this film!

Carl (Matt Dillon) and Molly's (Kate Hudson) life gets upended when they get the most unusual house guest in You, Me and Dupree. Owen Wilson plays the title role and he seems to have no problem crashing the lovenest of his newlywed friends. Add to this that Carl is feel increasing pressure from his job (his boss is Molly's father played by the comically perfect Michael Douglas), and soon Carl is regretting talking Molly into letting Dupree stay with them. Eventually, Carl finds himself even more buried amidst his work, Molly and Dupree are growing closer and Carl finds himself at his wits end. Drawing a lot it seems from Down and Out in Beverly Hills, this film is filled with it's own brand of comic asides and Arrested Development-like humor.

In the end, Carl and Dupree team up to get Carl's life back on track but not before there are various moments of masturbation, porno humor, cameos by the likes of Harry Dean Stanton, and a hilarious confrontation where Dupree brings "7 kinds of smoke" to a fight with Paco the Security Guard. If you haven't figured it out already, You, Me and Dupree has something for everyone.

Features

Alternative Ending

While I don't know that the "Bust A Move" inflected ending is the greatest thing I have ever seen, it is a lot better than this ending here. While I don't want to give too much away, I will just say that Dupree has become a therapist. I think this could have worked but it seems ultimately too subtle for a movie of this type.

Deleted Scenes

There are 8 deleted scenes in this section and they have titles like "Dupree Arrives" and "Mesa Vista Deathstar." These are really good quality and they seem like at one point they were in the movie itself. One can also listen to some of these deleted scenes with an audio commentary track from the directors. While I enjoyed looking at these, You, Me and Dupree runs almost two hours as it is, the film is the perfect length and anything more would have become overkill.

Outtakes

Spoof Trailer

I loved this. I don't want to give too much away because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but something tells you could find this somewhere on the internet. They have recut the story and made the trailer play like a horror movie. However, they utilize many of the devices in today's horror trailers (and films), to make the comedy that is achieved really resonate.

Dupree's Memoirs

An interactive "making of," this thing is set up as Dupree's personal scrapbook that we can scroll through with our DVD player's remote. At first all it seems like this is is a bunch of randomly photoshopped pictures meant to give this person a life outside the movie. However, there are film clips interspersed throughout this scrapbook that feature the actors talking about the film, the directors, and yes, more information of Dupree's fascination with Lance Armstrong. At the very least, this is a nice way to reinvigorate the tired formula of DVD supplementals.

Commentary Tracks

I chose to listen to the commentary track by Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who directed this movie. There is another commentary with writer Michael Le Sieur and producer Scott Stuber, but I always opt for the commentary track that features the people who have lived with this project the longest. They discuss putting this film together, making the characters likable, having good actors in small roles, and the ability to juggle all the different actors and processes that they bring to their work.

Video

Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85:1. This movie, while not looking much different than any other studio comedy, looked quite nice on my small TV. I thought the DVD transfer was really solid, and this film had a brightness about it that made it play very simply. The movie doesn't have too many amazing shots or camera angles, but I really don't think that's what people watching a comedy want. In this film, it is that rare moment where the dialogue is truly king.

Audio

English, Spanish, and French Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitled in English, Spanish, and French. This movie sounded about as good as I expected it would. While I didn't get the vibe that there was a lot of improvisation, I could tell that there were aspects of The 40 Year Old Virgin that this movie was hoping to achieve. While in some ways I think it did that, in a lot of ways I think that You, Me and Dupree stands on it's own.

Package

Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, and Matt Dillon are displayed on this front over which shows Dupree carrying a lot of baggage. The back has all of them sitting on a couch with Matt Dillon seeming to no longer enjoy having his friend around. There is a tiny description of what this movie is about, a Bonus Features listing, a cast list, and technical specs. All in all, this movie presents itself in very understated way on this packaging.

Final Word

I missed You, Me and Dupree in the theater because it looked like another frustrating Owen Wilson movie. He would play dumb, people would get mad, and then his lovable "Owenness" would take over and win the day. While I admit that I thought this worked quite well in Bottle Rocket and Shanghai Noon, I am not so sure I have been able to follow him on the rest of his comic journey. In fact, I very much like that Steely Dan took him to task over the internet, however those clever guys might have been playing things up a bit in some sort of esoteric joke.

Either way I was truly surprised at how funny everyone was in this movie. While I don't know how original the story is, the humor and overall writing kept You, Me and Dupree more than fresh.

You, Me and Dupree was released July 13, 2006.