You, Me and Dupree

 
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Dumb, obnoxious comedy about immature men.
  • Review Date: November 20, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

Violence

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).

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 14, 2006
DVD release date:November 21, 2006
Cast:Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Owen Wilson
Directors:Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, brief nudity, crude humor, language and a drug reference.

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Adult Written bylibramsw April 9, 2008
 
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, I like this kind of comedy, but some people just don't. As for the content, this movie was pushing fairly hard at the PG-13 boundries. Some of the subplots were definitly for older teens. If you plan to take your 12, 13, or even 14 year-old to this movie, you should be sure they are mature enough.
Kid, 11 years old May 3, 2011
 

Perfect!

I love the movie it has loads of sex stuff in it any way a great film owen willson is the best
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Too much sex
Too much swearing

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