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Dude, Where's My Car?

Reviewed by: David Litton
Genre: Comedy
Video: 1.85:1 widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0
Language: English
Subtitle: English, Spanish
Length: 1 hr, 23 min
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: 6/26/01
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Commentary: Director Danny Leiner and actors Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: One featurette
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: Yes
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff
Screenplay by: Written by: Philip Stark
Produced by: NA
Directed By: Danny Leiner
Music: David Kitay
The Review: Hmm... okay... where to begin... This is the kind of self-babble I'm left with in trying to think of things to write about in this, my review of "Dude, Where's My Car?," a movie so ridiculously conceived and scripted, so reundant in it gags and one-liners, so absolutely mind-melting that to watch it is to realize a new level of stupidity. But that doesn't mean it's not fun. There's the most basic of plots: Jesse and Chester, two stoners whose vocabulary consists of relentless utterings of "dude" and "sweet," wake up one morning to realize that Jesse's car is missing, and they have no recollection of the previous night. As they set out to find the car, they begin to piece together the silly, unbelievably outrageous events of the previous night, from a tryst in a strip club with a transsexual stripper who gave them a suitcase full of cash, to encounters with different groups of nerdy, busty, and macho aliens, all demanding from them a device known as the continuum transfunctioner. And that's it, the entire plot of the movie, mixed in with some truly hearty laughs and some good yet goofy acting from two guys who know what they're doing. The movie works for the simple reason that Ashton Kutcher (Jesse) and Seann William Scott (Chester) do such a good job of acting completely stupid that they sell us on the whole stoner appearance of the movie. A film like this can't work without the mentality to back it up, and the absence of that mentality is just what it needs. There are laughs, and while some of them are forced, there are those that succeeded in getting more than just a chuckle out of me. The two guys' mentality is one gag, but the movie also makes us laugh by playing their girlfriends, known as "The Twins," to be just as air-headed as they are. A chinese fast food drive-thru results in an hilarious explosion of anger, while the whole girls-with-big-hoo-hoos mentality runs throughout. There's really not a whole lot more to say about this movie... it's stupid, it's ridiculous... it makes its characters out to be heroes in the most contrived situations imaginable, and there's no shortage of brainless dialogue and actions. But, for what it's worth, it's not a total waste of time, and I found myself laughing in all the right places. --
Image and Sound Nothing much to say, really, about the DVD quality of "Dude, Where's My Car?" except that it's pretty good. The image quality is full of accurate fleshtones and clear, sharp images, while the sound quality is mostly dialogue driven, though the music and songs wrap into the soundfield nicely. All-in-all, a standard DVD issue. --
The Extras The features aren't few, but they're nothing to brag about, really. Aside from the brainless audio commentary, there's a featurette that has a couple of cast and crew interviews, 7 extended scenes that do little more than display some vulgarities removed for the PG-13 rating, a music video from Grand Theft Audio, a theatrical trailer and some TV spots. I was tickled by the titles used for the main menu screen.
Commentary For a stupid yet funny movie, this is certainly a stupid and unfunny commentary. From the loud, obnoxious opening shouts to the single-digit IQ walkthrough of the film, director Danny Leiner and actors Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher prove that they got into their roles a little more than they'd thought. Mostly talking about the "chicks" on the set and a couple of scenes, this isn't a very good commentary. --
Final Words: Stupid yet funny, "Dude, Where's My Car?" doesn't try to be anything more than a ridiculous guy flick full of girls and dumb gags. On that alone, it can be pretty entertaining.

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June 30, 2001