Ashton Kutcher, one of the funniest guys on the popular (and my favorite) "That 70's Show," and Seann William Scott, who's had two consecutive successes with American Pie and Final Destination, team up as two idiots who have lost their car, forgotten what they did the night before, and become involved in an intergalactic crisis. To put it flatly, Dude, Where's My Car? is one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen.
Let's just start by saying that I have no clue how this movie even made it out of the writer's head. The story is foolish, the script is terrible, and there isn't one reason why I would go and see it again. To even think that this movie made it past the reader stage is incomprehensible, and to actually have been picked up by a studio is unbelievable.
Of course, the movie made $14 million in its opening weekend, already surpassing its $10 million budget. That's because the previews made it look good. Now, as word spreads, people are going to run away from this movie as fast as they can, because Dude, Where's My Car? IS A DUMB MOVIE.
Stupid, dumb, idiotic, mindless, thoughtless... Those are some words that can both describe the movie and the main characters.
But, sadly, I can find humor in such stupidity. It is probably because both of the main actors have such life to them that they dragged this film out of the trash and were able to rest it on the lid, so at least it does have some juice to it.
Scene by scene, Dude, Where's My Car? has some pretty funny moments. The actors' back and forth idiocy is funny in parts, but it does get old after a while. There some things that are so cheesy that it is hard not to laugh. And there are a few scenes that are genuinely funny, although not many. Throughout the film I was laughing quite a bit, but it seemed almost forced; I probably was laughing at how lame the film was.
At least Dude, Where's My Car? realizes just how stupid it is so it isn't trying to be something it isn't. It takes pride in its dumbness, even when it shouldn't.
If the movie was half an hour long it would be pretty good. Instead, it is an hour and a half, which seems short, but when you're watching the same jokes over and over again and seeing the plot unfold with lame development after lame development, it gets tiring. At least there were a lot of good previews before the movie started.
Dude, Where's My Car? has its moments, but everything around those moments is about as mindless as it can get. Maybe if you get stoned and get drunk you might find this movie halfway entertaining; if not, it's a good one to pass up.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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