You, Me & Dupree (12A)

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 22 2006

From ‘Shanghai Noon’ to ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and ‘The Wedding Crashers’, Owen Wilson’s nonchalant, funny-without-ever-sweating-it comic persona is frequently the foil for a contrasting screen partner, but he’s always been such a delight that it’s no surprise to see him in a vehicle of his own. Unless, that is, you’re the filmmakers behind this intermittently amusing fluff, who probably didn’t set out to showcase Wilson; but in a movie where the rest of the material proves underwhelming, there’s no mistaking where the action is.The ‘You, Me’ part involves newlyweds Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon, who are having a hard time settling into married life thanks to her dad Michael Douglas, a greedy property developer who’s also Dillon’s boss. Frankly, it’s a bit dull, since Dillon’s constrained playing the straight guy, Hudson has little to work with, and Douglas looks bored. The ‘Dupree’ part is thankfully much more entertaining, since that’s where Wilson comes in as Dillon’s lovable doofus of a buddy who loses his job when he goes to the wedding and thus ends up on the happy couple’s sofa. It’s ‘just for a coupla days’, of course, but we all know where that’s going, and soon masturbation gags, a blocked loo, strained friendships and fire damage are the order of the day. Predictable, yes, but diverting enough when Wilson’s on screen doing his half-pixie, half-surfdude routine, even making sense of the script’s rather forced arc from anarchic anti-nesting nuisance to empowering anti-establishment spirit. We smile – though in our hearts we know it’s not quite enough to carry the picture unaided.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Aug 25, 2006

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

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

Director:

Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

Producer:

Mary Parent, Scott Stuber

Cinematography:

Charles Minsky

Production Designer:

Barry Robison

Music:

Rolfe Kent

Screenwriter:

Michael Le Sieur

Editor:

Peter B Ellis

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