Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Now that’s random.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
Man, in 2000, I was only 12, but I can vividly still remember people talking about Dude, Where’s My Car. It was one of the few movies I wasn’t allowed to see for whatever reason, but always wanted to actually get around to seeing. Other movies usually took precedence, and I actually never did get around to seeing it…until now. That means I didn’t know anything about this movie other than the fact that some dude’s car goes missing at some point. Other than that, it’s remarkable just how little I’ve heard plotwise from this film, so I was actually pretty interested in seeing what this actually was.
So to give you a proper idea of what this movie is – it’s about two guys. Jesse and Chester. They’re a couple of pot heads who went partying the night before, got so stoned that the next day, they couldn’t remember anything, including where they parked their car. So throughout the day, they go through the events of the previous day trying to figure out the location of their car. Things get even stranger when they apparently run into several groups of people looking for an alien device called the “Continuum Transfunctioner”, which may or may not pose a threat to human civilization.
Talk about a weird movie. I was trying my hardest to come up with a good analogy to compare this to other movies, and I think I came up with something. This is mostly a cross between Dumb & Dumber and The Hangover –but instead of alcohol, it’s drugs. That about sums it up, really. The comedy in this movie is so out there, and honestly so bad, that it is hilarious. There’s a reason why this movie is a cult comedy. It’s incredibly memorable. The cast, the story, the jokes – it’s so terrible that it’s so funny. It’s really hard to explain.
The humor in this film ranges from physical, to overly-repetetive, to some “gross” factor stuff…and it’s portrayed mainly by Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. These guys work well together, surprisingly enough, and they bring what they need to in order for the movie to work. It feels a lot like a TV sitcom at times, because what you have is basically a two-man show. These guys carry the movie all the way – almost on their own just by interracting with each other. It’s an odd thing to actually see in film nowadays. It reminds me of Kenan & Kel in say, Good Burger, or like I mentioned above, Dumb & Dumber.
It’s not for everyone though. Not by a longshot. Critics hate this thing more than anything in the world. I get where they’re coming from. No, it’s not really funny from a certain standpoint. Critics are very technical, and they know the kinds of jokes that typically work on a universal scale, and Dude, Where’s My Car? Isn’t that type of humor. I know that. The comedy on its own isn’t that great. The characters on their own aren’t that great. The story is so random that it’s not great either, but put them all together…it’s like chemistry. You’ll suddenly have a good time watching it…if you’re not a stickler.
I will say my main concern though, and that is the fact that the tone was off pretty harshly. It just doesn’t feel right. I do like the comedy, but the production values were all off…for the most part, it feels like a family comedy, honestly. And then there are strip clubs and some sexual references throughout that turns it into something you’d see on Adult Swim. The tone itself is all over the place, and in my opinion, the biggest flaw this film faced.
I don’t know if it was on purpose or not, but this movie is so bad that it actually works really, really well. It is a cult hit that people still mention now and then, and there’s a good reason for that.
Technically speaking, there are just going to be more people than not that won’t be interested in this because it’s too weird, or the different style of jokes won’t work for them. The tone of the movie itself isn’t what it should be, and all around…the movie is just too weird for a lot of people.
Jesse: Dude, where’s my car?
Chester: Dude, where’s your car?
Jesse: Dude… Where’s my car?
Chester: Where’s your car, dude?
Jesse: Dude where’s my car?