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Dude, Where's My Car?

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott
Director: Danny Leiner
Genre: Comedy
Year: 2000
Rating: 1 / 5

Dude, Where's My Car? The question should not be asking where it is, but whether or not anyone really cares. A film that somehow recouped its $13 million budget on its opening weekend, Dude, Where's My Car? is an example of the worst that can come from the late 20th century teen movie craze. This film has two things going for it - one hilarious sequence that is in no way diminished by overexposure and an ingenious marketing campaign. Ingenious? How else could a movie with barely more than a handful of chuckles possibly rake in such business?

Jesse (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester (Seann William Scott), two drug-using slackers of indeterminate age, have little in their lives aside from beer, marijuana, and their incredibly understanding girlfriends, the Twins (Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff). On this particular day, Jesse and Chester awaken with absolutely no recollection of the night before. Upon venturing out of their house, Jesse notices that something appears to be missing. So it begins: "Dude, where's my car?" Not only is the car missing, but the anniversary gifts which the two guys had purchased for their girlfriends were in the car. The hunt begins…

In their desperate search Jesse's car, the guys run into all sorts of strange characters. Local beauty Christie Boner (Kristy Swanson), known for her unwillingness to give Jesse and Chester the time of day, approaches to discuss the great time she had with the guys the previous night. A handful of "hot chicks," as they refer to themselves, demand an interstellar object from our two heroes, offering "pleasure" in return. Strange figures wrapped in bubble tape, worshipping one called Zoltan, kidnap Jesse and Chester in order to obtain the very same object. Everyone seems to want a piece of these hapless nerds, but they do not seem to have any idea what it was that happened that night.

Ashton Kutcher (That 70s Show) and Seann William Scott (American Pie) cannot be faulted for this film, as these roles are typical of the ones offered actors of their age. One could hope, however, that they would select films closer to Scott's previous effort, American Pie, rather than dead weight like this. I would attempt to throw praise around, but not a single actor distinguishes himself. The film is quite simply devoid of laughter, and the "stoned" routine wears thin after awhile. Dude aspires to be for its generation what Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was to its, but the result is well shy of successful.

Cast:

Ashton Kutcher..........Jesse
Seann William Scott..........Chester
Kristy Swanson..........Christie

Certification: Rated PG-13 for language.
Running Time: 83 minutes.

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