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
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
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
You, Me and Dupree
Starring: Owen Wilson & Matt Dillon
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
Now Showing: In area Theatres
MPAA Rating - PG-13
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.