Plot: What’s it about?
There’s something so instantly likeable about Owen Wilson, both on screen and off, that it’s hard to really fault the guy for anything. I’ve been a fan of Wilson since “Bottle Rocket” came out about a decade ago. He’s more known for his turns with buddy Ben Stiller or his brother, Luke. It could be argued that he plays the same character in most every movie (the California, free-spirited surfer type) but hey, if it ain’t broken – don’t fix it…right? So would his latest effort in “You, Me and Dupree” be any different? Well, if you look at it on the surface – not really. He plays the same affable character as he does in most of his movies (“Zoolander”, “Meet the Parents” and “Wedding Crashers”) and it once again works here. He’s surrounded by an all-star cast that has, yes really, Michael Douglas in a supporting role. I was a bit thrown off by this at first, but let’s face it – the 80’s and 90’s are over and Douglas isn’t exactly the leading man that he was in the past few decades. And Matt Dillon, who has managed to hold onto his career, puts forth another great role as well.
The plot for “You, Me and Dupree” isn’t exactly one that’s mind-boggling. In fact, it’s down right simple. We meet Carl Peterson (Matt Dillon) as he’s about to be married to the lovely Molly (Kate Hudson). Molly is the only child a successful businessman (Michael Douglas) who just so happens to be Carl’s boss. Dupree (Owen Wilson) is Carl’s Best Man and best friend for over 25 years, so he’s having a hard time seeing his best friend take the plunge. As it happens, Dupree is fired from his job upon returning from the wedding and needs a place to crash until he gets on his feet again. Molly and Carl let Dupree stay and it’s not long after that madness ensues. Molly and Carl not only have to deal with the perpetual child that is Dupree, but Carl’s stresses at work aren’t making the newlyweds so happy. As things go from bad to worse, it’ll take nearly a miracle for everything to work out in the end. But will it?
Ok, looking at it like that we can tell, most likely, how things will end up turning out. But there’s a lot of little sub plots going on that really make the movie enjoyable. As I mentioned above, Owen Wilson always plays such a likeable character (ok, except in “Anaconda”) that we’re drawn to him. Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson aren’t really known for their comedic talents, but both do a fine job here. The ensemble cast also includes Seth Rogan, who really had me rolling in “The 40 Year-Old Virgin”. If you’re looking for a breezy comedy, then you could certainly do a lot worse than “You, Me and Dupree”.
Video: How does it look?
The movie is shown in a 1.85:1 HD transfer with the standard DVD on the reverse side of the disc. I have to admit that this is one of the better transfers I’ve seen on HD DVD, most likely because it’s a brand new movie and new to the format. Colors seem very rich and clear and though a few scenes looked a bit dark, I won’t really fault the transfer. Copmare that with the standard DVD side which looked a bit light in some scenes, that and some edge enhancement really took away from what was otherwise a lovely transfer. Odds are that anyone buying this will be buying it for the HD side and not the standard DVD, so know that you’re getting a top-notch effort here.
Audio: How does it sound?
The Dolby Digital 5.1 Plus soundtrack isn’t entirely too active, but the soundtrack does have some pretty good music that sounded very nice. Dialogue is very clean as well. There were a few instances in which the surrounds kicked in and it had me fooled. Some of those scenes are at an office and a phone kept ringing. It sounded exactly like mine, so I paused the movie a few times. A bit odd, for sure but if a movie can make you think your phone is ringing – I’d say “mission accomplished”. The standard DVD side carries a Dolby Digital 5.1 that’s nearly identical to the Dolby Digital Plus side.
Supplements: What are the extras?
“You, Me and Dupree” is one of the handful of titles that actually has Universal’s “U-Control” feature. This is also found on “King Kong” and “The Fast and the Furious – Tokyo Drift”. Essentially you can watch the movie with a little window open that lets you see or hear some behind the scenes footage or in this case see some production artwork. It’s a nice feature and I wish more titles had it. This feature is only available on the HD DVD side, by the way. The feature commentary track with directors Joe and Anthony Russo is pretty good as well. These two brothers both directed the movie and their banter is both entertaining and informative throughout. Seven deleted scenes are also shown with optional director’s commentary. Dupree’s Memoirs is an interactive feature that takes you through his scrapbook and has some hidden featurettes along the way. Some outtakes are also shown as is a “Spoof Trailer” in which some creative editing makes the movie look like a horror/thriller. Interesting, but certainly not a necessity. All in all, a good movie with a decent amount of features make “You, Me and Dupree” both entertaining and enjoyable.