If you're a fan of Owen Wilson, star of last year's awesomely raunchy summer smash 'Wedding Crashers,' there's good news and bad news. First, the bad news: Wilson's follow-up flick, 'You, Me and Dupree' is going up against the Kraken of all summer movies, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,' this weekend. And although 'Pirates' is going into it's second week of release, it'll most likely crush 'Dupree' at the box office. Ok, now the the good news: 'Dupree' is actually pretty funny, thanks in no small part to Wilson's portrayal of a down-on-his-luck slacker who moves in with his newly married best friend Carl (Matt Dillon) and his sexy wife Molly (Kate Hudson).
Unlike most comedies -- which begin with a bang and end with a whimper once they realize they must tie up the plot -- 'Dupree' gets off to a slow start, giving us a small taste of the characters at Carl and Molly's Hawaiian wedding. It's not till they return home after the honeymoon and take in vagabond puppy Dupree that the good times roll. And by good times I mean nude slumbering on leather couches, high-in-fat sexual antics involving butter and Mormon librarians, self-pleasuring escapades with tube socks, and marriage-threatening bowel movements.
If it sounds like this bowl is filled to the brim with potty humor, that's because it is. But although the film seems like 'Wedding Crashers Part Deux: Newlywed Crashers,' it doesn't quite have the same R-rated charm. For starters it's PG-13, so a bit of the edge is lost. But the big reason it doesn't measure up is that in 'Crashers' Wilson had the high-octane comic genius of Vince Vaughn to augment his own more laid-back flair for funny. Here, Wilson is pretty much going it alone when it comes to eliciting laughs -- although Michael Douglas, playing Carl's disapproving father-in-law and passive-aggressive boss, does slip in a couple of funny lines here and there. But Douglas is part of an unnecessary subplot that serves to push Carl over the edge -- Dupree's wacky antics would be enough to drive even a saint to ghastly acts -- and is thus more of a distraction than anything else. But when Dupree is on the screen, getting Molly pleasantly drunk on his nose-scrunching, Texas-drawling complete disregard for conventional life -- and pissing Carl off in the process -- 'Dupree' is what we New Yorkers like to call "intoxicating."
In honor of Wilson's Dupree, I would like to pay homage to those unwelcome third parties appropriately known as "third wheels." Thus, I will now count down the Top 5 Lessons I've Learned from "Third Wheels" in Movies ...
4) When you have OCD and any other number of paralyzing phobias, being tied to the mast of a sailboat does in fact mean you're a "sailor." And also, never tick off a psychiatrist who has access to explosives. -- Bob (Bill Murray), 'What About Bob?'
3) If you're roommates, you should get your hair cut the same way and share everything, including boyfriends -- provided that you're clearly insane, of course. -- Hedra (Jennifer Jason Leigh), 'Single White Female'
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