YOU ME AND DUPREE
After their romantic wedding in Hawaii, Carl and Molly Peterson (Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson) settle down to the promise of a happy life together. Things look even brighter when Carl's employer and father in law, Mr Thompson (Michael Douglas), fast-tracks a juicy promotion. But when Carl's best man, Randy Dupree (Owen Wilson), lands on their doorstep with no job and nowhere to stay, chaos erupts. Dupree is well meaning enough, but his immature antics as he makes himself at home put a strain on Carl and Molly's relationship. To make matters worse, Carl's promotion is not working out, and his father-in-law seems to have taken a shine to Dupree.
Review by Louise Keller:
It's hard to put your finger on what makes Owen Wilson so likeable, but underneath his shaggy dog mop of unruly blonde hair and distinctively crooked nose, is an inexhaustible child-like enthusiasm responsible for much of his appeal. As irrepressible, homeless and jobless Dupree, Wilson turns irritating into lovable as he moves in with newlyweds, making life unbearable, then patching up the mess, turning things around so we see life from his point of view. With its smart script and an ultra-likeable cast, You Me and Dupree is funny and wacky with plenty of heart, shifting focus beyond expectations.
It takes no time at all for Dupree to make himself at home, when he moves in with his moose head, ukulele and his inherent disregard for everyone else. We feel for Matt Dillon's Carl, as he is pushed around emotionally, going from confident and outgoing to self-doubting and angst-ridden. Apart from his unwanted houseguest, he has to deal with his controlling father-in-law (Michael Douglas in good form), who delights in stomping on his self esteem, even suggesting a vasectomy and change of surname. Enchanting as Molly, Kate Hudson becomes the film's pivot, as Dupree shifts from outcast to the role of substitute husband.
There is a clogged toilet, a skateboard accident, the discovery of porn videos and a romantic liaison involving a Mormon librarian, butter and candles. But the mishaps and pratfalls are only part of the fun. The best part is the way the relationships between the three central characters change. When Carl gives his best man a badge with the letters BM to wear on his lapel, little do we know that Dupree intends to give his all to live up to the title. As for the improbable name of Dupree (that conveniently rhymes with 'me'), it does highlight one of the film's themes - the importance of a man's name. Finding that 'Carl-ness' or 'unique-ness' in all of us.
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YOU ME AND DUPREE (M)
CAST: Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas, Seth Rogen, Amanda Detmer
PRODUCER: Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, Owen Wilson
DIRECTOR: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
SCRIPT: Mike LeSieur
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Charles Minsky
EDITOR: Peter B. Ellis
MUSIC: Rolfe Kent
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Barry Robison
RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 27, 2006