Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I’m a big Owen Wilson fan. I really like more of his eccentric Zoolander, Royal Tenenbaums, and Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou stuff, but I also enjoy his good-buddy stuff like Wedding Crashers, I Spy, and Starsky and Hutch.
You, Me and Dupree definitely fits into the latter category with Wilson playing the thirty-something friend who refuses to grow up. Of course, when Dupree hits an all-time low, just-married buddy Matt Dillon allows him to move in with he and his new wife played by Kate Hudson.
For the first half of the movie we get some pretty by-the-numbers stuff with typical loser-guy and responsible-guy humor. However, the movie really begins to pick up speed toward the end and the Dupree character becomes much more rounded, and therefore engaging.
By no stretch of the imagination would I say this film broke new ground, and though the first half was fairly mundane, Wilson saved the last act and thus left us feeling like we’d seen a pretty funny movie.