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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?

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Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff, Kristy Swanson
Director: Danny Leiner
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 83 Minutes
Release Date: June 26, 2001

“Dude, where's my car?”
“Where's your car, dude?”
“Dude, where's my car?”
“Where's your car, dude?”

Film ***

And you thought my review of Little Nicky was shocking.

Dude, Where's My Car is another title to add to the DMC's all-time surprise list. This might easily be the most utterly stupefying movie of the last century, but does that necessarily mean that it's bad movie…certainly not. It's also a movie that knows it's utterly stupefying and makes no excuses for it. I've been a sucker for comedies of this nature ever since Jim Carrey pioneered the genre with Dumb and Dumber back in 1994. The movie also boasts two hysterical performances from its stars, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. The most appropiate combination I can give Dude, Where's My Car is that of Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber mixed with a little Bill and Ted. And as for a plot, there's hardly one, but for a movie this knowingly stupid, would you really expect one of gratifying nature. I don't think so.

The story is as simple as this, two slackers named Jesse (Kutcher) and Chester (Scott) wake up one morning totally trashed. They have absolutely no recollection of the events of the previous night. What's worse, as the title may infer, is that the two discover that Jesse's car is missing, which is bad news for the two because in their gifts for their twin girlfriend's anniversary was left in the car. The only thing they know is that as a result of the previous night, they have a refrigerator stocked with pudding, and that their girlfriends are more than unhappy about the condition of their house following an alleged party.

As the day progresses, they discover from several witnesses what it was they engaged in on the last night. They run into the gorgeous Christie Boner, played by the extremely gorgeous Kristy Swanson, on the street. She thanks Jesse for the wonderful time they had last night. It was also alleged that they were throwing money around like it was theirs to burn, bought donuts for the a whole police precinct, hung at a strip club with a transsexual, trashed their girlfriends' house, and somehow lost Jesse's car. The two dudes also become the target by a cult group who believe the two have in their possession a space-traveling device.

So, as you can tell, intelligence is at a true low with this movie's IQ, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't howling with laughter through the movie. There are numerous scenes of physical comedy that are both stupid and incredibly funny at the same time, such as a scene where Jesse and Chester try to catch a ride, and both individually get hit by cars. There's also a riotous fantasy sequence with the two dressed up like hip-hop rejects singing the dance classic “Bust a Move” while being surround by girls and money. I laughed so hard during this scene I had to replay it to catch what I missed. Ashton Kutcher, from the TV series That 70s Show, has a huge talent for comedy with his wonderful timing, and Seann William Scott, fresh from his comedic roles in Road Trip and American Pie, offers yet another outrageously over-the-top characterization in Chester.

In short, Dude, Where's My Car is strictly for the mostly young crowd, and those who don't object to pure stupidity. If such a demographic like this exist, it probably consists of very few people, but I guess I'm one of them. Plus, don't be surprised if you find yourself uttering the words “Dude”, “Sweet” and “Shibby!”

Video ****

Fox continues their strong streak of impressive looking discs with a fantastic video job for this movie. Presented in anamorphic perfection, the image is completely sharp, clear of any softness or grain, and the colors are as vibrant as I've seen on any disc of recent memory. With praise this high, Dude, Where's My Car might end up being one of the best-looking disc of the year.

Audio ***

Fox delivers a good, simple audio mix for this release. The 5.1 Dolby Digital presentation makes good use for numerous sounds, and the movie's booming soundtrack, which consists mainly of alternative rock. The only flaw I detected were moments where the background sound, as well as the soundtrack overshadowed the dialogue a bit. Other than that, a very nice use of audio.

Features ***1/2

Dude, there are some narly sweet extras on this disc. The highlight is a hysterical, almost hyperactive commentary provided by Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, and director Danny Leiner, which is super funny, with the three constantly cracking up about nearly everything they can crack up about. Also included are 7 extended scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, Grand Theft Auto's music video for the appropriately titled song “Stoopid Ass”, a trailer and several TV spots.

Summary:

If you're in a mood to laugh at anything, then dude, you like need to check out Dude, Where's My Car. I have a unique sense of humor and found myself willing to accept the film's unique sense of stupidity. I hope you are able to do the same.