Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson,
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual Humour)
Date: 5 October 2006
and Molly Peterson are just starting their new married life
together. Randy Dupree, Carl’s oldest friend and perpetual
bachelor finds himself with nowhere to live after being fired.
Carl invites his pal to temporarily crash on his couch but
little does he know that before long, three becomes not just
a crowd but a full-blown, hilarious catastrophe.
with a home and stable careers at their reigns, initially
happy newlyweds Carl (Matt Dillon) and Molly (Kate Hudson)
Peterson find their marital bliss together regrettably short-lived
and put to the test when Carl’s best friend, Randy Dupree
(Own Wilson) temporarily moves in with them after he suffers
a series of unfortunate events, including the loss of his
job and home, because of his attendance to their wedding.
between his best friend and wife, Carl ends up having the
most difficult time as he not only has to contend with pleasing
the wife and caring for his friend who is unintentionally
being a pest, he also gets a hard time at the office working
for his father-in-law, Mr. Thompson (Michael Douglas).
it had a light-hearted and entertaining setting in the first
half, the movie starts to take a sharp turn and it veers towards
the direction of a more serious and somewhat dark tone as
we see the toll of everything weigh down on Matt Dillon’s
character, and he gradually becomes a lot more nasty and mean
towards everyone else. And then as the movie reaches to it’s
end, it starts to go back on track of being funny and blithe
again. The mistake here is that writer, Mike LeSieur and directors,
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, should have kept the mood at
a constant breeze. Pity that they’ve taken this and
made it into a classic case of a film trying hard to be something
it’s clearly not.
movie boasts an excellent cast, but the long story and weak
plot makes this a watered-down comedy that lacks any real
direction throughout the film. Granted, it does have some
moments, thanks to Owen Wilson’s character mostly, it
definitely doesn’t have the sort of deliverance that
would pull through to the list of good quality comedies of
our time. As a safe prediction of how much one will enjoy
this comedy, it will probably be dependant on your level of
fondness for the actors.
Hudson and Matt Dillon do an excellent job playing off each
other as husband and wife and Michael Douglas is expectantly
suited in the role of an overprotective father similar to
Robert DeNiro’s in Meet The Parents.
the stellar cast, the main person to watch out for is undoubtedly
Owen Wilson. The actor uses his signature charm and comedic
style to bring a sense of lovability to his eccentric character,
Dupree as he is caught somewhere between being a man with
the maturity of a sixteen year old and being a man who has
reached the level of self-fulfillment way ahead of others.
the two-hour mark for this movie makes it a little too long,
but if you are an Owen Wilson fan, it just might be worth
it. However, if you don’t enjoy watching a movie for
it’s cast, then you might just want to wait for it to
come out on rental instead.
(An average comedic movie with a lack of big bangs that could
have made it a lot better than it is. One better enjoyed for
those who are loyal Owen Wilson fans)
by Jolene Tan