Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Reviews of Click and You, Me and Dupree

You, Me and Dupree (2006)
Owen Wilson stars as Randolph Dupree, an unemployed drifter with high hopes even though he's just been evicted from his apartment. Matt Dillon stars as his newlywed childhood friend who, along with bride Kate Hudson, agrees to take him in after he winds up homeless. The film is an ideal follow up from The Wedding Crashers winning over anyone who felt that although he reforms and gets the girl at the end, Owen Wilson's character of Jeremy Beckwith was nothing more than a spineless womanizing phony. His character here starts out as little more than a transplanted version of that same character. In an attempt to get some alone time for themselves, the newlywed couple set up Dupree on a date and the plan drastically backfires when he brings her back home and in an attempt to set the mood with some scented candles, nearly burns the house down. However, things turnaround when Dupree starts to show a side of himself that isn't existent in Jeremy Beckwith, and that's when the movie finds its groove. You, Me and Dupree isn't a comedy that moves at 100 laughs a minute but it does have heart. Its humor comes from the relationship dynamics between friends and newlyweds that gets increasingly convoluted as the plot goes on, but finds itself back again at the film’s finale.

Despite the fact that the entire story can be told in a 60-second trailer, Accepted is a surprisingly richer comedy than one would expect. Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) is a slightly geekier and less attractive version of Ferris Bueller. Armed with perhaps a little too much confidence and an ability to think on the fly, Gaines is an adolescent who is able to navigate the adult world by using his wits to work around it. Having been rejected by every college he applies to, B decides to doctor a fake acceptance letter for him and friends who are in the same situation as he is, to appease their parents. One thing needs to another, and Bartleby and his friends end up actually founding their own college. Justin Long, one of the six goofballs that comprised Vince Vaughn’s team in Dodgeball, might be a little over his head here being asked to shoulder the load as the film’s lead, but he does have a nerdy sort of charm that works. The film is a decently sharp satire of modern education and is good for a few comedy thrills.

Click (2006)
Click is Adam Sandler’s latest comedic film which hopes to capitalize on the crowd who have followed his bizarre and lovably childish humor since the days of Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. In the film, Sandler plays an architect who has difficulty advancing his career, and happens to come across a magical remote control which can fast forward, pause, and perform many other functions on his own life. Leaving any hint of possible maturation he gave with his slightly more intelligent films 50 First Dates or Big Daddy, Sandler once again reverts to inane bathroom humor that he hopes will be redeemed by squeamish audiences with a warm, fuzzy ending in which a valuable lesson is learned about the importance of family. The problem, however is that, the plot is too disjointed and moves too quickly for us to care much about what happens to the characters. Without a meaningful plot, all that’s left is Adam Sandler’s random humor which occasionally hits but mostly misses this time out.

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