Jennifer Merin reviews “You, Me and Dupree”
YOU, ME AND DUPREE: FAN FODDER
If youre madly in love Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson, youll want to dash to the theater to catch “You, Me and Dupree”– because the film delivers a full dose of Wilson and Hudson, charming as ever, playing characters youve seen them play before in other films.
Here, Wilson plays Dupree, the charming but neer-do-well best friend of Carl, a regular standup kinda guy (played straight on straight man by Matt Dillon) whos newlywed Molly, a proper-ish sweetie-pie grade school teacher (played by Hudson
When Dupree loses his job, his car and crib, he moves in with Carl and Molly, entirely disrupting their yuppie lives: he sleeps butt-naked on their butter-soft leather sofa, causes their toilets to overflow, invites the guys– and strippers– to watch sports on TV, causes fights among neighborhood kids, spreads his crap all over the place, has kinky candle-lit sex with Mollys librarian friend that causes a sofa-scorching fire
Meanwhile, Carl, whos squelched at work by his overbearing employer/father-in-law (Michael Douglas), stops functioning at home. So, Molly confides in/bonds with Dupree, who, in an instantaneous and unexplained reversal of character, reveals himself to be a truly sensitive, supportive companion– preparing gourmet dinners, reading Mensa journals, writing haiku and making Carl inflammably jealous. Wow! Isnt this the funniest?
Admittedly, Wilsons comic timing produces a few good laughs within the lackluster script, and its hard to dislike the cute-as-a-button Hudson. But “Dupree” isnt their finest filmic hour– or, 105 minutes, actually. And this materials a real crash for Matt Dillon. These actors are capable of so much more.
Of course, “Dupree” might just be this summers best date flick, though– because if you sit in balcony and start smooching, you wont miss anything you really need to know. On the other hand, theres not much to turn you on.
But if youre that hot for Wilson and Hudson, youd best rush to see “Dupree” asap– it might not be around for long. (Published in New York Press)