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Frat Pack Tribute Movie Review: You, Me and Dupree

Review by Rick Duran

You, Me and Dupree is a light-hearted, enjoyable farce propelled by the charisma of its star, Owen Wilson. While not a departure from any of Wilson's previous buddy comedies, this is the first time in many years that his comedic sensibilities are not overshadowed by his co-stars. Though the film has a few bland spots, it is ultimately a crowd-pleaser due in large part to its star.

We first meet Randy Dupree (Wilson) after he arrived at the wrong island for his best friend's wedding. After the weeklong wedding vacation gets Dupree fired from his job, Carl Peterson (played by Matt Dillon) invites Wilson's character to live with him and his new wife. As with many of Wilson's previous characters, Dupree is a free-willed slacker whose tendencies, including nude sleeping and a weak stomach, become irritating for the newlyweds offering their home to him. When Dupree sets the house on fire following a date-gone-wrong, Carl & Molly (Kate Hudson) make him leave.

Though the film appears to be about the "houseguest from hell," Dupree, after being re-welcomed into the Peterson home, gradually shows the newlyweds their problems come from within. This allows Wilson to showcase his talent in the buddy comedy format when paired with both Hudson and Dillon. However, it's his two co-stars that don't completely deliver. Hudson is more charming than she's been in years, but her role is limited to the usual "frustrated wife" role in most male-centric comedies. However, she maintains herself well with what little she's been given to work with. Dillon doesn't seem to compliment his co-stars enough as the film's straight man. His role requires someone with slightly more comedic timing (think Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents or Luke Wilson in Old School.) Dillon fulfills what his role requires, but offers nothing more.

You, Me and Dupree features two other significant supporting roles to provide some comedic relief. Oscar-winner Michael Douglas is cast as Molly's father and Carl's boss, providing Dillon with most of the tensions challenging his character. Douglas has some good moments by playing it stern and cold, but could've benefited from a few more scenes to make a bigger impact. The film's other main supporting role, Dupree and Carl's friend, Neil, is played effectively by Seth Rogen. Neil, a man struggling to maintain his freedom despite being married, delivers several of the film's best lines. Dupree and Neil provide most of lowbrow humor the film, surprisingly, needed more of.

Frat Pack fans will generally embrace You, Me and Dupree, 2006's first film to fully embrace the clique's trademark humor. While there are some shaky areas, including an unexpected third act chase scene, this is the perfect vehicle for Owen Wilson. The film rides on Wilson charisma, dare I say it "gallops on the strengths of the Butterscotch Stallion." We've seen Wilson play similar roles before, but this film proves Wilson can finally headline on his own. You, Me and Dupree is harmless summer fun, though not perfect, provides Frat Pack fans with plenty of physical comedy and memorable one-liners that will play well on multiple viewings.

****


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