Dude, Where's My Car?

Dude, Where's My Car? is every bit as stupid as it looks. The movie follows Jesse and Chester, two friends looking for Jesse's missing car. It seems that the night before, the two partied so hard that they do not remember a single thing. Their search for the missing car takes Homeric like proportions as they run into strippers, ostriches, and aliens. The movie does deserve credit for going in a very unexpected direction, but the results are still the same. Otherwise, Jesse and Chester are the Bill and Ted for the new millennium, well-meaning but stupid friends who always get in over their head.

Jesse (Ashton Kutcher, Texas Rangers, Reindeer Games) and Chester (Seann Scott Thomas, Road Trip, Final Destination) are looking for Jesse's car partially to find their anniversary gifts for their girlfriends. They sit back while director Danny Leiner (Layin' Low) throws things at the pair. UFO believers, near-sighted policemen, and self-described 'hot babes' are all after Jesse and Chester for their own reasons. There are definitely moments that elicit chuckles, but of course, the commercials play them endlessly so by the time they actually appear on screen, they feel tired. Kutcher and Thomas look like they're having fun, and neither of their characters becomes completely annoying. Thomas, who appeared in both Road Trip and American Pie, is now pigeonholing his career into the sex-obsessed idiot. It was funny the first time, now it is getting tiring. That sums up the entire movie.

In a time when movies like American Pie, Road Trip, and anything by the Farrelly brothers define new lows in comedy, Dude firmly retains its PG-13 rating. This actually hampers the movie, since it now cannot be truly outrageous. Some of the disgustingly funny moments in the other movies come from their ability to gross out the audience, and Dude merely settles for pushing the boundaries of what may appear on television. The prerequisite homosexual jokes and near nudity is here, but amazingly, there is not one reference to anal sex. Screenwriter Philip Stark (FOX's That 70's Show) story merely settles to wallow in the medium of crappy movies without making any new splashes. Some jokes are undoubtedly new, but most everything has a faintly familiar feeling. Dude Where's My Car? is too stupid to be enjoyable, but not stupid enough to be funny.

Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.
1 hour, 23 minutes, Rated PG-13 for language and some sex and drug-related humor.

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