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You, Me And Dupree - Review

You, Me & Dupree

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

OWEN Wilson crashes a different kind of wedding in this lacklustre comedy – that of his best friend (Matt Dillon).

But while there’s plenty of scope for hilarity in Anthony and Joe Russo’s movie, You, Me & Dupree quickly outstays its welcome much like its central character.

Wilson plays Randy Dupree, the hopelessly immature best friend of Carl Peterson (Dillon) who is unable to come to terms with his pal’s marriage to Molly (Kate Hudson). When circumstances render him homeless and unemployed, Carl and Molly play unwitting hosts.

But Randy’s presence quickly puts a strain on their marriage as his increasingly wreckless behaviour places them at odds with each other.

To make matters worse, Carl is having trouble at work where his unscrupulous boss and father-in-law, Mr Thompson (Michael Douglas), is deliberately making life difficult for him.

From its strong cast and talented co-directors (the Russos worked on TV’s Arrested Development), viewers had every right to expect a good time from You, Me & Dupree but the film never measures up to the sum of its parts.

For starters, it feels lazy and formulaic, while the tone is uneven and quite frequently puerile. Each time you think it’s going to win you over, it seems to pull in the opposite direction.

Far from being an endearing central character, Wilson’s Dupree is just plain annoying and his antics are boring and predictable rather than amusing. What’s more, the smooth-talking charisma that the actor has turned into his trademark contain many more bumps than usual and are ill-served by a very poor script.

Dillon, too, seems to be struggling with some of the comic material that takes a perverse delight out of humiliating him, while Hudson is given virtually nothing to do except look on disapprovingly or cavort in her underwear.

Even Douglas is wasted as an overbearing father whose attempts to win back his daughter appear desperate rather than hilarious.

Of the big comic set pieces, none are as funny as they ought to be largely because they’re either overplayed or come at the painful expense of the Peterson’s (such as having to watch their house burn down because of a kinky sex game that Dupree has allowed to get out of control).

What’s left is an empty shell of a movie that consistently squanders the talents of its talented cast.

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Certificate: 12A
Running time: 1hr 48mins