Dude, Where's My Car?

Movie review by
M. Faust, Common Sense Media
Dude, Where's My Car? Movie Poster Image
Dumb, dated comedy has drinking, cursing, sex.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The premise of the movie is that the lead characters were too drunk the night before to have any recollection of what they did. Their memory lapses and general drug-induced idiotic behavior is the source of the comedy. 

Violence

Cartoonish beatings from a group of bad guys. Jesse and Chester bean their captors with a fire extinguisher. In a scene in which visually impaired children play T-ball, one of the kids takes a swing and hits his coach in the groin. Characters hit by a car while standing on the street waving. 

Sex

Talk about sex accompanies appearance of any female character. Female breasts clearly shown under wet T-shirts. 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. After a blind tween places his hands on a female's breasts, his one-liner is that he needs to be alone now. Question posed by antagonist in reference to oral sex. Frequent talk of female breasts. Two male leads make out while at a stoplight for the sake of a sight gag while in a contest with a D-List celebrity and the woman he is with in the next car over. 

Language

Occasional profanity, some sexual innuendo. "F--kin'" used once, "bitch," "f-g," "pissed," "crap," "damn." The lead characters are dating identical twins, who promise the lead characters a "special treat" when they see them, believed by the lead characters to be sex. Breasts are called "hoo-hoos" throughout the movie. A group of female antagonists are called "sexy sluts." While trying to sneak onto a walled property in search of their car, a sign warns that trespassers will be "castrated: balls cut off." 

Consumerism

Miller Beer neon sign. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Premise is that the two lead characters were so drunk the night before that they have no recollection of what happened and must piece it together the next day. While they are not smoking or drinking during the movie, they act like it regardless. Character shown getting his dog high. Marijuana pipes and bongs in scenes. Cocktail drinking in a strip club. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dude, Where's My Car is a 2000 "stoner comedy" in which Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott play slackers with no recollection of what they did the night before. The female characters are all either bubbleheads, strippers, or women who otherwise openly exploit their sexuality. Black and Asian characters are stereotypically depicted. A stripper is revealed to be a transsexual -- is jokingly called a "gender-challenged male." An old lady uses "f--k" in one scene. We also hear "bitch," "f-g," "pissed," "crap," and "damn." While it's 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, and there's sexual innuendo throughout. Cartoonish beatings are delivered by a group of bad guys. Jesse and Chester bean their captors with a fire extinguisher. Attempts at physical humor center on visually impaired tweens playing T-ball.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague May 11, 2010

Dude, Wheres My Car?

It has many funny moments, but the plot itself is horrid.
Adult Written bykingster April 9, 2008

Random but hilarious

This movie was full of very random situations. Some sex related scenes and some pretty bad language but not bad for kids above the age of 13. Not a high quality... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKennyMcCormick October 3, 2011

Stoner comedy

Funny and dumb!
Teen, 17 years old Written byRorie6 December 30, 2010
Amazing movie! one of my favorites. Quotealer. My only recomendation, is that it is a "stoner comedy" so there is a lot of drug referances, and sexua... Continue reading

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?

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 (though 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, but that's hardly a recommendation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedies that try to get laughs by deliberately being "dumb." Why do some audiences find humor in characters who engage in stupid and bumbling behavior? 

  • How is drug and alcohol use shown in this movie? Is it realistic?

  • What are some of the many ways in which the movie tries to find humor in stereotyping? Are stereotypes ever funny? Why or why not?

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