You, Me and Dupree

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Dumb, obnoxious comedy about immature men.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 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

Male characters -- including Molly's father -- are uniformly immature and annoying: they lie, say cruel things, and engage in more than one "stinky" bathroom joke.


Fall on skateboarding ramp (Carl left with bruised lip); neighbor kid beat up by bullies; reference to "whacking" (Carl and Dupree like to watch The Sopranos); Carl punches his car in anger; Carl attacks Dupree (who ends up with a neck brace and bruised face); TV room burns, leaving everyone charred-looking; security guard chases Dupree through office building (throwing objects, crashing through walls, breaking doors).


Masturbation jokes (verbal and visual); discussions of vasectomies (including diagram of erect penis); we see Dupree's naked butt while he's asleep; references to Dupree's sexual activities (with butter and a "Mormon librarian" who turns out to be "a real slut"); several references to Carl's "Asian porn" collection; Carl imagines Molly and Dupree tongue-kissing.


Pushing PG-13 edge, with one f-word, several uses of s--t, and frequent uses of other obscenities.


Mentions of Starbucks, HBO, ESPN, Twinkies.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drinking; drinking games; brief cigar and cigarette smoking, mention of "weed," though we don't see anyone smoke it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is full of sexual references and quick cuts away from naked body parts to warrant the PG-13 rating... barely. There are verbal and visual references to masturbation, vasectomies (with a brochure diagramming the procedure), a porn video collection, emasculation, and a librarian at an elementary school who's apparently a "slut." We see a husband's paranoid fantasy about his wife (in a teeny bikini) making out with his best friend. The language includes one f-word plus other profanities, as well as the derogatory use of "homo." Characters smoke cigars and do a lot of social drinking (on occasion to the point of drunkenness), and one worries that he might "smell like weed" (you don't see him smoke). Adult male characters are rude, competitive, and juvenile.

User Reviews

Adult Written bydan-ee-chuk April 9, 2008

Okay movie...

This movie is okay, I'd give it a 7/10. The one thing that peoplemight not like about it is the humour. It's a bit far-fetched and stupid. Personally,... Continue reading
Adult Written bymagster April 9, 2008

Completely inappropriate

A good example of the range of subject matter within the PG-13 rating. Parents beware and do not take your preteens to this movie without previewing it first.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoison Ivey December 26, 2009

well said common sense media, well said.

Yuppers... look above and that's pretty much "You, Me, and Dupree" in a nutshell. It's crumby and boring (acctually the only movie I'... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byskater_gurl April 9, 2008

Funny, but not as good as I hoped it would be...

This movie was definitly funny at times, but at other times, it bored me. The content was also a lot worse that I thought it would be. I'd only recommend i... Continue reading

What's the story?

Feeling left out when his best friend Carl (Matt Dillon) marries the beautiful and sensible elementary school teacher Molly (Kate Hudson), Dupree (Owen Wilson) moves in, "for a week at the most." He sleeps in the nude on their couch, eats their food, leaves messes, and generally expects the newlyweds to play his parents, while he hangs out with the neighborhood kids and doesn't try very hard to get a job. While Molly resents Dupree's childishness (and the fact that Carl behaves badly around him), she soon comes to see him as a sensitive spirit in need of looking after. By the same token, Carl is tired of Dupree's unreliability, but admires his "free spirit." Molly's father Mr. Thompson (Michael Douglas) is Carl's primary adversary. Working for Thompson's real estate development company, Carl feels belittled and emasculated. Molly and Carl head toward conflict that will be resolved by the "intuitive" Dupree.

Is it any good?

Obnoxious and monotonous, YOU, ME AND DUPREE is yet another movie making fun of immature men and the women who put up with them. Following the path laid down by the R-rated hits, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers, this movie uses sexual activity and wild physical violence (as well as some crude language) to showcase Dupree's disruptiveness.

Painfully formulaic, this is one of those movies where, if only the couple would have one honest conversation within the first half-hour, the rest of it would be unnecessary. Dupree looks blissful compared to his married friends, who feel hemmed in and humiliated. Lack of logic typifies the film, as Molly comes to care for Dupree and Dupree provides earnest life lessons for Carl. In the end, Dupree pronounces the moral about "believing in yourself," first for Molly's young students, and then for Carl, drunk and depressed in a bar. While it might seem sweet, it also feels cynical.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "buddy comedies." How many other movies can you think of that feature juvenile male friendships? What makes this formula successful? Do you actually like these guys? What kind of values and stereotypes do these movies promote?

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