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You, Me and Dupree Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… failure of a comedy. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    You, Me and Dupree is a good idea badly executed.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Little more than a showcase for Owen Wilson's amiable shtick, and a showcase in the merchandising sense of the term.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The comedy is obvious and flat while the drama is stale. They did do one thing right, however: They attracted a stellar cast.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The end product feels less funny than formulaic.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Isn't a very funny movie (it preaches nonconformity in the rote style of an overlit sitcom), but Wilson, at least, keeps it afloat.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Dumb, obnoxious comedy about immature men.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    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 false3

    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 false3

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

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Mentions of Starbucks, HBO, ESPN, Twinkies.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

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