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Trio are doomed to failure; YOU, ME AND DUPREE (12A) VERDICT: *****.

TWO'S company, three's most definitely a crowd in You, Me And Dupree, a gently effervescent comedy about a couple of newlyweds, Carl and Molly Peterson (Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson), who invite down-on-his luck best man Randolph Dupree (Owen Wilson) into their home while he gets back on his feet... and quickly live to regret it.

This simple act of kindness sets in motion a chain reaction of calamities' one outrageous misfortune follows another and soon, the lovebirds are questioning why they walked down the aisle.

Screenwriter Michael Sieur takes a traditional buddy comedy (two men re-evaluating their relationship now that a woman has come between them), and flecks it with slapstick and occasional toilet humour.

He wastes little time plunging his central trio into the midst of various overblown set pieces. Unfortunately, Le Sieur is so eager to unleash Dupree's powers of destruction, he fails to set up the film convincingly.

Carl and Molly are financially comfortable and live in a spacious open plan home yet, apparently, they don't have a single spare room because they insist on making Dupree sleep on the settee (which he does, naked).

Nor do they have enough money to afford to put Dupree up in a hotel for a few nights. Thus Wilson's well-meaning yet clumsy slacker has the run of the house, wreaking merry havoc.

Wilson and Hudson undoubtedly have charm in abundance, and Dillon is an appealing straight man, but charisma fuels a film only so far.

In the case of You, Me And Dupree, that's barely past the first 20 minutes.


YOU, ME AND DUPREE...Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 25, 2006
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