Plot: What’s it about?
Jesse (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester (Seann William Scott) have woke up in a daze, with no clue as to what transpired the night before. The two know they must have been wasted, but with a lifetime supply of pudding and a missing car, not all the pieces have come together. As if this wasn’t enough, their girlfriends The Twins (Marla Sokoloff and Jennifer Garner) are pissed at them and with Jesse’s car gone, they’ll need to backtrack to discover the truth. The trek takes them through some strange places and of course, a bunch of people they’ve never seen, but had some interaction with the previous evening. It seems a transsexual stripper gave them a briefcase loaded with cash, which they then threw around like it was nothing, having a massive party at their girlfriends’ place, which ended up totally trashed. In addition, several teams of unusual aliens and even a bubble wrap covered cult, all of whom want something that Chester and Jesse can’t even pronounce. Can these two slackers solve all the problems, get special treats from their chicks, and save the universe from destruction?
After a nice run at the theaters and a goose egg at the Oscars, Dude, Where’s My Car has finally arrived on DVD. If you’re a fan of stupid comedies, then this is a veritable goldmine of cinematic bliss, with more dumb humor than you can shake a stick at. This means it won’t be up everyone’s alley, but if you’re a fan of this comedic style, you won’t want to miss out on Dude, Where’s My Car? Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher lead the cast, with such supporting players as Marla Sokoloff, Kristy Swanson, and Jennifer Garner in tow. The acting is just as the material demands, which means light and poppy, so you won’t see any awards handed out to this group of performers. The writing isn’t good by normal standards, but it is excellent in the realm of stupid comedies, which means all is well indeed. This movie is very recommended to fans of dumb humor and since Fox has issued a fine disc, a rental or purchase would be more than justified.
The main players in Dude, Where’s My Car are Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher, who bring the moronic druggies to life with ease. These kind of roles need to be very slow witted, but also sweet and funny, which are elements the two manage to infuse the characters with. It takes more than you’d expect to deliver such awful lines, especially when you have to make them humorous, which is a constant demand in this flick. You can also see Seann William Scott in such films as American Pie, Final Destination, Evolution, and Road Trip, while Ashton Kutcher can be seen Down to You, Coming Soon, Reindeer Games, and Tv’s That ’70s Show. The cast also includes Marla Sokoloff (Sugar & Spice, Whatever It Takes), David Herman (Shriek, Office Space), Jennifer Garner (Mr. Magoo, Pearl Harbor), and Kristy Swanson (The Chase, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).
Video: How does it look?
Dude, Where’s My Car? is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. As usual from Fox, the image is sharp and refined, with little to complain about. The colors look bold and vivid, with no errors of any kind and of course, flesh tones are normal and warm also. No issues with contrast either, as detail is strong and black levels are well balanced too. The source print shows a few small defects, but nothing serious enough to be concerned with. I didn’t see any compression flaws either, leaving me to score this one very well.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included Dolby Digital 5.1 track is good, but since this is a dialogue driven comedy, don’t expect an explosive experience. The elements are well presented, but the surrounds are used mainly for the musical soundtrack and little else. The music sounds very good in this mix however, while the various sound effects come through in fine form also, though not as immersive as I’d like. The main focus is on the dialogue, which comes across in crisp fashion at all times, with no errors in terms of volume. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround track, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish, in case you’ll need those.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes three television spots, seven extended sequences, Grand Theft Audio music video, brief behind the scenes featurette, and the film’s theatrical trailer. The real draw here however is an audio commentary track with director Danny Leiner, as well as stars Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher. It is obvious the gents have thrown back a few during this session, as they seem off kilter and incoherent at times, but always entertaining, to be sure. I found to be a hilarious commentary track, but since it has no real technical information, it won’t be of interest to everyone, that’s for sure.