Dude, Where's My Car? DVD: Review By kerouac1

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Sometimes, a movie needs time to grow on you, whether you know it or not. I avoided Dude, Where's My Car? like the plague when it was in theaters. The title bothered me, the trailers annoyed me, there was just nothing to draw me into the theater. Then it came out on DVD, and I figured, what the hell, I'll give it a shot. That initial viewing didn't go well. The plot was so ridiculous, even for a stupid-stoner comedy, that I barely made it through that first viewing.

But then a funny thing happened. I found myself quoting the movie to friends. Had I even paid close enough attention to garnish quotes from it? I began questioning myself as a movie fan. Should I be quoting this? Is my geek-rating going up or down? And regardless of which way it was moving, was that a good thing or a bad thing? In an attempt to end the torturous self-doubt that had krept into my psyche, I decided to watch the movie again. I needed answers. And, I got them.

Dude, Where's My Car? is about to moronic stoners (played by Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher) who wake up one morning only to find that their car is missing. Where did it go? They can't remember because they were so wasted the prior evening. The search for their car leads them on a wildly outlandish adventure featuring a transvestite stripper, a group of hot female aliens, two Swedish male aliens, a group of alien worshiping nerds, and a pack of "stoner bashing" jocks. That's all I'm saying. If I get into any more detail, you'll be wondering what I smoked before writing this review. Needless to say, the cast of characters, though highly unorthodox, work. They're all that one step beyond ridiculous that makes them funny.
Not too much on the way of features here. The Commentary is pure gold because not only do you get director Danny Leiner, but you also get Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. Kutcher and Scott have this bizarre chemistry, like they've been friends forever, and it just shines when they're together. The play off each other extremely well, even in the commentary track. You get a Making of... featurette, which, although funny, doesn't get too indepth into the making of the film. (which is OK, because not even the filmmakers got too indepth while MAKING the film) And, to top it all off, you get the video for Grand Theft Audio's song, "Stoopid Ass".

All of the features are fairly underwhelming, but the commentary is fun.
So, what answers did I find? Well, the geek stuff is plain as day... no need to explain that to all of you. But the movie, well, I have to say that I'm a huge fan of it now. Sure, it's stupid, stereotypical, mindless, and dumb, but then, who doesn't want that every once in a while? Kutcher and Scott are great together, playing off each other at every turn, and both seeming very comfortable with the other. They're like your stoner buddy in college who would eat anything, as long as he had a captive audience, a packed bong, and a half-full keg.

Yes, this movie can be tough to get into. But whether you want it to or not, it will get to you. You'll be talking with friends, and suddenly you'll hear yourself say, "Shibby!", or "And then...?" You question yourself. You'll deny that you like the movie. But eventually, you'll break down.

So, save yourself the time and energy, and just go into the movie with an open mind (or a clouded mind, that might help, too). You'll enjoy it. I promise.

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