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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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You, Me and Dupree  

Face it. No matter who you are, you have met, dated, loaned money to, bailed out of a jam or played host to a Dupree. Who among us doesn’t have that wayward, slacker friend who marches to the beat of his own drum? We all know a Dupree: the good-hearted confidante, that party animal who can drink us under the table while dispensing unique wisdom into our lives...and who loves nothing more than couch channel-surfing while the rest of the world trudges off to the daily grind.

Several of the hottest comic talents in the film world today headline the story of a loveable, well-meaning, but arrested adolescent who drives his best friends nuts in the new comedy You, Me and Dupree.

Owen Wilson stars as free-spirited bachelor and permanent houseguest Randolph Dupree—straight to the film’s front door. Kate Hudson stars as Molly Peterson, the understanding—yet put upon—school-teacher bride of Dupree’s oldest friend Carl (Matt Dillon).

Joining the trio, two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas plays Molly’s dad (and Carl’s boss), the doting-yet-scheming real estate tycoon Mr. Thompson, while Seth Rogen plays Carl and Dupree’s good buddy Neil.

In You, Me and Dupree, Carl and Molly have found the one unfortunate hitch in their perfectly constructed newly wedded world: Dupree. A slacker with the soul of a poet, Dupree just can’t seem to catch a break from “The Man.”

When he takes a week off to best-man Carl and Molly’s marriage in Hawaii, Dupree gets the unceremonious heave-ho from his boss. Now jobless, car-less and evicted from the cot at his favorite watering hole, he just needs to crash with the Petersons for a couple of days; okay, maybe a month or so...

At first, Carl is psyched to have the couch guest while Molly bears the brunt of Dupree’s well-meaning antics. But, as Carl becomes buried in his grown-up job of land development and headaches, he finds it hard to juggle Dupree and his newlywed responsibilities. As time passes, his and Molly’s houseguest uses his ample spare time to become a great companion to her, underscoring Carl’s new workaholic tendencies. Even Molly’s dad begins to fall for Dupree’s carefree wisdom, frustrating Carl to no end. Soon, everyone but Carl begins to root for Dupree to stick around.

But just as the impish buddy starts becoming a fixture in the Petersons’ home, three becomes not just a crowd...but a full-blown comic catastrophe. As the couple realizes their ideas of a white-picket fence marriage are morphing, their loveable pal serves as a daily reminder that finding your inner Dupree might just be one of life’s hidden secrets.

You, Me and Dupree

Starring: Owen Wilson & Matt Dillon

Director: Anthony & Joe Russo

Company: Universal

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Grade: C+


DVD Picks

THE BENCHWARMERS - Sony

From Adam Sandler’s Production Company, Happy Madison, "The Benchwarmers" is a much funnier version of last years flop remake of the "Bad News Bears." Three older geeks decide to take on the Little League in this tale of retards beat the bullies.

The ‘Tards win and gross out jokes rule in this classic tale of the underdog kicking, but there is really no plot to this film. There are a lot of sight gags and fart jokes to keep you interested. I especially liked the John Lovitz character—a geek bazillionaire who went to Tuba Camp with Reggie Jackson and has a really cool Star Wars themed house. Oh, he owns the Batmobile too!

Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder play the three clueless adult-geek baseball players. Heder’s reincarnation of his hilarious character from Napoleon Dynamite along with the usual Schneider and Spade shtick are sure to please all teenage boys. "The Benchwarmers" is B grade humor at its best.

This DVD has great picture, and lots of extras to keep you happy.

Article by Tim Hahn.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - Disney

Troy, a popular high school basketball star, and Gabriella, a shy, academically gifted newcomer, share a secret passion for singing and each other. They must learn to believe in themselves and follow their dreams, despite the polarization of high school cliques. When they audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High’s rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar.

Speaking of uproar, I wanted to start one after watching this film. I hated every minute of it. I don’t like most musicals anyway, for various reasons that I won’t get into right now. However, even if I don’t like a film, I typically like at least one, two, sometimes even three of its songs. "Rent," "West Side Story" and "Oklahoma" are all perfect examples of musicals with songs I like, despite disliking the films.

However, there was not one single song in "High School Musical" that I liked. I hated the songs - all of them. They were badly written and performed. The voices were so obviously “fixed” in the studio that it was distracting. What’s more is that the script is full of badly written dialogue and clichČ plots. I knew how this film was going to end fifteen minutes in to watching it. Still, I had to sit through every painful minute to watch it unfold to its inevitable end.

I hate, I repeat, hate this film. I hope I never have to see it again. The acting, directing, singing, and everything else in the film stinks.

Article by Jason Raschen.

PERRY MASON: Season One - Paramount

Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed.

"Perry Mason" aired from 1957 to 1966 and stars Raymond Burr as an attorney that has never lost a case. This show was the first series that spawned the numerous courtroom drama shows that are on TV today.

Burr was amazing in this series and put you on the edge of your seat with every episode. The supporting roles played by William Talman, Barbara Hale and William Hopper provided drama to each episode and created an on-screen chemistry that was unstoppable.

The stories were creative and entertaining with the final verdict ending in the truth. Watching Burr in the courtroom was nothing short of “awe-inspiring.” The DVD presents the first 19 episodes of the first season in Full Screen Format with Dolby Digital sound. If you like courtroom drama at its finest, "Perry Mason" is for you.

Article by Richard Maher.

ROSEANNE: Season Four - Anchor Bay

One of the major family sitcoms of the late 1980s/early 1990s, "Roseanne" became popular for its no-nonsense attitude and its humorously honest portrayal of American life. With a set resembling the living room of countless family homes across the United States, the show concerned itself the with the antics of its main star, Roseanne Barr (later Roseanne Arnold), her husband Dan (John Goodman), and their kids.

More like a regular working-class family than any other characters previously seen on television, the Illinois-bred Conners use brutal honesty and acerbic wit to raise their three children: rapidly maturing Becky, sarcastic Darlene, and precocious DJ. Meanwhile, they have to deal with the typical problems of an American family, such as annoying relatives, worries about jobs and money, and the struggle to find time for themselves.

"ROSEANNE" was among the first shows on television to deal in a truthful and deglamorized way with everyday issues that average viewers could relate to-and it managed to remain funny and touching while doing so.

All 25 uncut episodes from the show’s fourth season are included here, with highlights including Roseanne’s bingo addiction, an alien abduction, and a Las Vegas wedding.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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