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Dude, Where's My Car?

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Studio: Fox

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 long time...)

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 film.

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.

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