Dude, Where's My Car?

 
Brain-cell depleting comedy will appeal to kids.
  • Review Date: May 15, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The female characters are all either bubbleheads or strippers (or women who otherwise openly exploit their sexuality). Black and Asian characters are stereotypically depicted. Lots of tasteless humor.

Violence

Cartoonish beatings from a group of bad guys. Jesse and Chester bean their captors with a fire extinguisher.

Sex

Talk about sex accompanies the appearance of any female character. Jesse and Chester visit a strip bar where one of the girls talks about a lap dance they shared the previous night. Jesse gets to place his hand on a woman's bosom.

Language

An old lady who uses the f-word.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

While not actually depicted, Jesse and Chester's regular use of alcohol and drugs is a pivotal part of the plot. A character teaches his dog to smoke dope.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the female characters are all either bubbleheads or strippers (or women who otherwise openly exploit their sexuality). Black and Asian characters are stereotypically depicted. A stripper is revealed to be a transsexual. An old lady uses the f-word in one scene. While not actually depicted, Jesse and Chester's regular use of alcohol and drugs is a pivotal part of the plot. They also steal the pizzas they're supposed to be delivering for their job. Jesse and Chester visit a strip bar where one of the girls talks about a lap dance they shared the previous night. Jesse gets to place his hand on a woman's bosom. Cartoonish beatings from a group of bad guys. Jesse and Chester bean their captors with a fire extinguisher.

What's the story?

DUDE WHERE'S MY CAR begins when dopey duo Jesse (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester (Seann William Scott) regain consciousness after a wild night of partying and realize they have no idea where Jesse's car is. Besides the all-important need for wheels, the guys have to find the car because that's where they've left their anniversary presents for their girlfriends, twins Wilma (Marla Sokoloff) and Wanda (Jennifer Garner). Chester and Jesse's search for the car turns into an adventure involving aliens, massive amounts of pudding, strippers, and more.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dude, Where's My Car is a sloppy, unappealing comedy that falls somewhere between Cheech & Chong and Bill & Ted. It's a prime example of the kind of comedy that is marketed to teenagers even though it's not appropriate for them. As concocted by filmmakers who come from TV shows like South Park and That 70s Show, it's as raunchy as possible without getting an R rating: profanity is minimal, women are treated in an extremely sexist way but there's no actual nudity, and drugs are a part of the plot but no one's shown using them.

The result is a movie that tacitly endorses substance abuse: the fact that Jesse and Chester were so "wasted" that they have no idea what they did the previous night is one that amuses rather than worries them. The roughly assembled script offers a few funny moments, but mostly the movie features ideas that might have been funny had they been developed a little, or at all. Dude isn't as gross as some other comedies popular with young viewers (American Pie, Scary Movie, but that's hardly a recommendation.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they find comedies like this one funny or not. Families can also talk about Jesse and Chester as one-dimensional characters, with little on their minds besides partying and women.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 15, 2000
DVD release date:March 5, 2002
Cast:Jennifer Garner, Seann William Scott
Director:Danny Leiner
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language and some sex and drug-related humor

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Parent Written byPlague May 11, 2010
age 11+
 

Dude, Wheres My Car?

It has many funny moments, but the plot itself is horrid.
Written byAnonymous July 22, 2013
age 18+
 

Not for Kids once again. This doubles as an Adult Film. WOW! Not for Kids.

This should be Rated R not PG-13. ...and not for kids. The Girl lets the Guy to touch an inappropriate area. No, No, No I say you should never touch there even if the Girl/ Women say to do it. Don't do it. I would not have know that these teach people to do this. What lesson of sex are they doing in this movie. Not for kids. That's right again. You can say thinks to me by knowing a little bit of these things.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bymattguy15 July 24, 2012
age 11+
 

dont listen to CSM

i loved this movie it was awesome. sexual content inculding giant pannies a lap dance and a cross dresser.language . an old lady uses the word f*ck d*mn 3 times and b*tch once. some violence a man gets punched and another man gets thrown across a building and lands on the table and breaks it. but this was my favorite movie
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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