You, Me and Dupree (2006)
My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Hilarious, Motivating and a sensational comedy drama!”
Several of the hottest comic talents in the film world today headline the story of a loveable, well-meaning, but arrested adolescent who drives his best friends nuts in the new comedy You, Me and Dupree. OWEN WILSON, coming off of the biggest comic sensation of the past several years with Wedding Crashers, now brings his latest character—free-spirited bachelor and permanent houseguest Randolph Dupree—straight to the film’s front door. KATE HUDSON (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Skeleton Key) stars as Molly Peterson, the understanding—yet put upon—schoolteacher bride of Dupree’s oldest friend Carl (MATT DILLON, There’s Something About Mary, Crash). Joining the trio, two-time Oscar® winner MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Wall Street, The War of the Roses) plays Molly’s dad (and Carl’s boss), the doting-yet-scheming real estate tycoon Mr. Thompson, while SETH ROGEN (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) plays Carl and Dupree’s good buddy Neil. Face it. No matter who you are, you have met, dated, loaned money to, bailed out of a jam or played host to a Dupree.
Who among us doesn’t have that wayward, slacker friend who marches to the beat of his own drum? We all know a Dupree: the good-hearted confidante, that party animal who can drink us under the table while dispensing unique wisdom into our lives…and who loves nothing more than couch channel-surfing while the rest of the world trudges off to the daily grind. In You, Me and Dupree, Carl and Molly have found the one unfortunate hitch in their perfectly constructed newly wedded world: Dupree. A slacker with the soul of a poet, Dupree just can’t seem to catch a break from “The Man.” When he takes a week off to best-man Carl and Molly’s marriage in Hawaii, Dupree gets the unceremonious heave-ho from his boss.
Now jobless, car-less and evicted from the cot at his favorite watering hole, he just needs to crash with the Petersons for a couple of days; okay, maybe a month or so… At first, Carl is psyched to have the couch guest while Molly bears the brunt of Dupree’s well-meaning antics. But, as Carl becomes buried in his grown-up job of land development and headaches, he finds it hard to juggle Dupree and his newlywed responsibilities. As time passes, his and Molly’s houseguest uses his ample spare time to become a great companion to her, underscoring Carl’s new workaholic tendencies. Even Molly’s dad begins to fall for Dupree’s carefree wisdom, frustrating Carl to no end. Soon, everyone (but Carl) begins to root for Dupree to stick around. But just as the impish buddy starts becoming a fixture in the Petersons’ home, three becomes not just a crowd…but a full-blown comic catastrophe. As the couple realizes their ideas of a white-picket fence marriage are morphing, their loveable pal serves as a daily reminder that finding your inner Dupree might just be one of life’s hidden secrets. For anyone who has ever longed to live by the seat of her pants or go where the wind blows him comes a comedy from Emmy Award-winning directors ANTHONY & JOE RUSSO (Arrested Development).
The directing duo helm the wildly comic story from first-time screenwriter MICHAEL LE SIEUR of a suburban couple who are just trying to make their new marriage work when her and me unexpectedly become You, Me and Dupree. The inaugural feature from the new production company formed by longtime partners SCOTT STUBER and MARY PARENT, You, Me and Dupree is also produced by Wilson. Stuber comes to Dupree fresh from his recent production with Vince Vaughn of The Break-Up, the highest-opening romantic comedy of all-time. The film is executive produced by MICHAEL FOTTRELL (Sweet Home Alabama), AARON KAPLAN (Dead Asleep) and SEAN PERRONE (Dead Asleep). The creative team supporting the Russo brothers includes director of photography CHARLES MINSKY (Raising Helen), film editors PETER B. ELLIS (television’s Carnivàle) and DEBRA NEIL-FISHER (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days). Production designer BARRY ROBISON (Wedding Crashers) returns to work with Wilson for the film. The music is by ROLFE KENT (Failure to Launch); music supervisor is RANDALL POSTER (The School of Rock).