Opening 21 Sep 2006
The award winning Russo brothers (Anthony and Joe) began submitting feature films in 1997 to the Slamdance Film Festival to see if their product would be endorsed among a younger generation of independent film makers. They immediately won accreditation for their film, Pieces which opened the door for them to direct, act in, and produce a variety of projects, bringing them well-deserved praise.
In their latest film You, Me and Dupree, writer Michael Le Seur collaborated with the brothers Russo in a narrative comedy casting some of Hollywood’s most beloved stars in hopes of a blockbuster. Newlyweds Carl (Matt Dillon) and Molly (Kate Hudson) Peterson return from a blissful honeymoon expecting to ease into their new couple life with simplicity and joy. Well, that is what Molly wanted! As fate would have it, after less than 24 hours of newlywed harmony Carl finds out that his best man, Randolf Dupree (Owen Wilson), had been fired from his job and evicted from his apartment while he was attending their wedding in Hawaii. Dupree works his sob story on good buddy, Carl. The Petersons comfort Dupree and invite him to stay with them a few nights, which turn into weeks. Carl and Molly are slowly forced to play the role of tough love parents in order to get Dupree on the path to responsible adulthood. Unfortunately, Dupree is clueless to their efforts and he causes grave havoc in the relationships of those he genuinely loves the most. Dupree’s self-absorption is absolutely deplorable but Carl and Molly never give up on him, their friend for life.
As prominent film makers, the Russo brothers could have saved us all a little time and money if they had said no to this project. Their expertise should have been spent investing in a comedy with some intellectual stimulation instead of relying on the annoyingly raw humor from Dupree, the king of slackers. (Karen Pecota)