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Dude, Where's My Car?
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 83 minutes
Starring Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Kristy
Swanson, Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff
Written by Philip Stark
Directed by Danny Leiner
Retail Price: $26.98
Features: Audio Commentary With Danny Leiner, Ashton
Kutcher and Seann William Scott, Seven Extended Scenes,
Featurette, "Stoopid Ass" by Grand Theft Audio Music Video,
Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Music Promo Spot
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby
Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles,
Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search (22 Chapters)
In one of the most thrilling mysteries of all time,
filled to the brim with twists, turns and complex characters
(sarcasm there), Chester and Jesse (Seann William Scott and
Ashton Kutcher) are two stoners who are looking for one sole
thing: Jesse's car. Unforutantley, each of them can not
remember where the car actually is. As they begin to search
all over for the veichle, they begin to unravel an
intriguing list of events about the night before. As one
thing leads to another, Jesse and Chester must face their
twin girlfriends, cross paths with a pot smoking dog, run
into a woman who's last name is "Boner" and encounter a
cross-dressing stripper. All of this, and more while the
mysterious "Continuum Transfuctioner" seems to be a key
thing to unlocking all their mysteries... and the road to
pleasure. Things intertwine, people aren't who they seem as
it all leads to a thrilling (well, not really) ending.
"Dude, Where's My Car?" is a brilliant piece of work and
proves that mysteries can still be original and have you at
the edge of your seat.
Okay, so "Dude, Where's My Car?" is not brilliant and
it's not a thrilling mystery. But is it original? Yes. There
hasn't been something like this to hit the cinema world
before... or nothing that I can recall. This movie did
moderate business but was panned by critics (it wasn't even
screened for them). But a movie like this is going to be
panned by critics. As long as you don't go in taking it too
seriously, you'll have a good time. It's simply yet another
teen comedy that may be ridiculous, but there's no denying
is a lot of fun.
It's obvious why critics despise a movie like this. They
think it's ridiculous and really doesn't serve a point. But
as long as it entertains, who really cares? There are a lot
of crazy moments, wacky characters and far out situations.
But that's what makes the movie so fun. It's enjoyable.
You'll crack a smile and you'll laugh throughout it. They're
decent jokes and stupid scenarios that will make you laugh.
It flows well and does keep things going nicely. There's
some nice visual flare to the film and it's well shot. The
story is wrapped up nicely and it's just a fun movie.
There's pretty good acting as Kutcher and Scott have good
chemistry together as the duo. So just sit back, pop the DVD
in your player and have a good, fun eighty-three minute
ride. (Wow, this has been one of my shortest reviews in a
You may not think of a film like "Dude, Where's My Car?"
to show off your monitor, but the 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer
is near-reference quality. Besides from the pieces of dirt
and grain here and there, everything else is perfect. There
are a lot of bright colors and great sets that look great on
this transfer. Colors are perfectly saturated and there's a
lot of detail. There's a great sharpness to this transfer
that makes it stand out. I didn't notice any digital
artifacting either and black levels were sold. Another great
job from Fox.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is a bit disappointing. It's
not terrible, but I was hoping for some more surround use
and a little bit more creativity in the mix. Still, there
are moments that do shine. The finale has good surround use
and so does the constant music throughout. Dialogue is clear
and easy to hear and nothing overlaps other things. I
expected more but it's above-average in the end. English
subtitles and Spanish subtitles are included as well as a
English Dolby Surround track.
Sweet dude! "Dude, Where's My Car?" does have its fair
share of features. The best is the Audio Commentary with
Director Danny Leiner, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William
Scott. If you're looking for film theory, technical
effects information or any deep questions about the
development as well as process of making the film, you won't
find it here. This commentary is even more entertaining then
the movie. It seems the trio are a little wasted but they
have a lot of hilarious stories to tell and a lot of funny
lines (it becomes a screaming contest here and there).
There's so much randomness and jolliness in this commentary.
I won't ruin it for you or give away details, you just need
to listen to it. So listen to this track... one of the
funniest you'll ever hear.
A Featurette is included. Promo only. It has
interviews with Scott, Kutcher and Swanson interviewed.
There's clips from the films and behind the set footage with
the "Dude Cam". Nothing too insightful but it's a fun four
and a half minute watch.
Seven Extended Scenes are in non-anamorphic
widescreen and fully editied. Personally, I could hardly
tell the difference from these and the final product. Except
for a shot or two, they're basically the same from what's
featured in the film.
Finally, the Stoopd Ass Music Video is included as
well as three TV Spots, a Music Promo Spot and
the Theatrical Trailer in full frame.
On another note, the menus are really nicely designed and
animated. They fit quite well when compared to the actual
Love it, hate it but there's no denying that "Dude,
Where's My Car?" is a fun movie. It may be aimed for the
teen audience, but if you like a fun comedy that won't
challenge your brain and you can laugh at, be sure to check
it out. Fox has provided a really nice package for this DVD,
so don't miss it.
(3.5/5 - NOT included in
NOT an average)