Dude, Where's My Car?
reviewed by Lynn Barker
Can you say "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"? How about
"Wayne's World"? How about "Road Trip"? The trouble with
"Dude, Where's My Car?" is that you've been there, seen
that and in a much better version. First thing you see on
screen is a title telling you that this film is "based on
a true story". Some guy actually lives like this? Hey, he
wrote for "South Park"…'nuff said.
Stoners JESSE (Ashton Kutcher) and CHESTER (Seann William
Scott) evidently party to the max and wake up the next morning
without Jesse's car or a clue what went down the night before.
They have a fridge full of pudding cups and, since their
anniversary presents for their twin girlfriends WILMA (Marla
Sokoloff) and WANDA (Jennifer Garner) were in the car, they
start their bummed-out day searching for it.
Trying to retrace their steps, the two slacker dudes visit
their guru/dealer, NELSON, who talks backwards like Yoda,
and his pot-smoking dog. Later, they learn that one of them
actually must have scored with super-babe CHRISTIE. What
follows is a hodge-podge of disjointed plot points that
includes a pissed-off transsexual stripper who wants her
suitcase full of money and two sets of aliens and a bunch
of nerdy UFO cultists all sure that the guys have their
"continuum transfunctioner". Action (all contrived to get
the guys in slapstick situations) continues with Jesse and
Chester finally finding the alien device, learning that
it's going to go off and blow up the universe and having
to decide which of the two groups of aliens they should
give it to. And, oh yeah, they won the pudding cups with
a hole-in-one in miniature golf….don't ask.
Get ready for a shocker. I didn't totally hate this movie.
Kutcher ("That 70's Show") and Scott ("American Pie") have
good comedic timing and give their best in their roles.
These characters are beyond goofy but, like Bill and Ted
or Wayne and Garth, they've got good hearts. There are a
few non-lame chuckles that are actually fresh, if always
out of left field. However, much of the film feels like
a rehash. Mike Meyer's "Wayne" was always reacting to a
hottie with the trademark "Schwing". These guys say "Shibby"
every five minutes. If you like this style of wacky, nonsense
humor, "Dude" may appeal to you. If you want to stay home
and save your money, rent "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"
(1989) or "Wayne's World" (1992).
Directed by: Danny Leiner
Screenplay by: Philip Stark
Starring: Ashton Kutcher as Jesse
Sean William Scott as Chester
Jennifer Garner as Wanda
Marla Sokoloff as Wilma
David Herman as Nelson
Kristy Swanson as Christie Boner
Official Website: www.dudewheresmycar.com