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Over the last couple of years there has been an explosion of teenage American movies. They follow the lives of groups of college students and their silly gross antics. Well Dude, Where’s My Car is another in a long line of silly American comedies. The movie was slated when released due to the non-existent storyline and silly humour. However now it is available on DVD, so read on to see if it is really that bad.

Dude, Where's My Car?
Movie
The two main characters in this movie are Jesse Montgomery (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester Greenburg (Seann William Scott). The lads are best friends, and wake up one morning wondering what they have done the night before. All they can remember is that they got extremely drunk at a party they held. At first things seem ok, but as the morning progresses they realise that the night before was like no other!

It all starts going wrong when their boss (a pizza restaurant owner) calls around to find out why they have not delivered fifteen pizzas the night before. The duo then realise that it is their girlfriends’ birthdays. In true dorky style the pair date Wanda (Jennifer Garner) and Wilma (Marla Sokoloff), who just happen to be twins. On the way to the twins’ house they realise that their car is missing.

The rest of the movie focuses on the boys’ attempt to find their prize possession. The only way they can do this is by piecing together their activities from the previous night. Along the way the duo bump into a transexual stripper who demands payment from them. If you think that is strange, things get a lot weirder for the duo when they get picked up by a cult group.  The group request the Continuum Transfunctioner, and they believe that Jesse and Chester know where to find it. Also after the Transfunctioner are a group of ‘big breasted hot chicks’. The ladies desire the item and offer the duo ‘pleasure’ in return for it. To make matter worse the lads also have two rather odd Scandinavian guys hassling them for the Transfunctioner.  The really confusing thing for Jesse and Chester is that they haven’t a clue what the Continuum Transfunctioner is!

As you can see the storyline is pretty basic and doesn’t really fit together. Normally this means that the movie is going to be dire, but surprisingly Dude, Where’s Your Car is quite amusing. There are enough funny moments littered throughout the movie to make you forget about the lack of in-depth storyline. The running time is also way short of the usual ninety minutes so you don’t get the chance to lose interest. Some of the jokes can be a little irritating, but thankfully these are few and far between. The vast majority of jokes are crude and well managed. There are some really funny moments including a rendition of Jurassic Park, but with Ostriches instead of Dinosaurs.

Dude, Where's My Car?
The success of this movie relies largely on how well the two main characters perform. Seann William Scott is starting to make a name for himself in this genre of movie (American Pie and Road Trip), so it was no great surprise to see him fit into the role comfortably. However I have not seen Ashton Kutcher before, but I was impressed with him throughout this film. Admittedly the role is not a demanding one to play, but he seemed to take to it naturally. The pair seemed to click on screen and really looked like they were best friends. Most people will either love or hate this movie. If you cannot ignore the weak storyline, and childish jokes then you will detest it. However, if you are looking for something which requires little thinking, and will make you laugh, then give this movie a chance. It may be silly but Dude its effective!  

Video
20th Century Fox has presented the film in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Most new movies released on DVD these days get reasonable transfers and this one is no different. 20th Century Fox have provided us with a crystal clear picture which suffers from no blemishes. Clarity and sharpness are just right, and colours seem to be spot on as well. Flesh tones are also natural throughout. There were no obvious signs of the dreaded edge enhancements and there was also no visible sign of grain. The movie is quite bright, but also has some dark scenes as well. The transfer seemed to deal with every aspect well.  

Audio
Two audio tracks are provided on this disc. I will talk about the commentary later on, in the extras section. The main track provided is English Dolby Digital 5.1. The movie doesn’t have much scope for a rear driven soundtrack but surprisingly the rear speakers were used effectively throughout. During the final ten minutes of the film, they are used frequently to complement the movie. Dialogue is clear and concise throughout. I cannot remember my subwoofer getting much action during the movie, but that was to be expected. This is far from being a quality soundtrack, but considering the nature of the movie, it is a worthy attempt. Surprisingly for a region four release there are also a number of subtitles provided (eleven languages).

Dude, Where's My Car?
Extras
The extras included on this disc appear pretty substantial at first glance, but as you starting watching them you realise that they are quite ordinary. The best addition to the disc is the commentary by Danny Leiner, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. The trio are enthusiastic from the very first minute right through to the end. They all seemed to enjoy making the movie and had plenty of stories to tell. Leiner starts off by trying to embarrass Scott with a story about his underwear. Apparently he demanded to be in his underwear for the first twenty minutes of the movie. Also worth listening to is the section about getting the pizzas to stick to the ceiling. The section about the pot smoking dog is quite funny too. The trio laugh at the puppet dog which was used in the movie. During the film I lost count of the amount of times the trio used the word ‘dude’. It seemed to be nearly every minute! This commentary is fairly adult orientated. There is quite a lot of swearing and the subjects that they cover are quite rude. Overall this is quite an enjoyable commentary. It is funny, informative and interesting.

Also included on the disc is a Featurette. This runs for just over four minutes and is too short. There are a few interviews with Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, but just as things get interesting the featurette ends. The two main actors talk mostly about their characters for the duration of the featurette. There is one section entitled ‘Dude Cam’, which shows behind-the-scenes footage. This is quite fun and fits in well with the nature of the film. Next up are extended scenes. There are seven extended scenes altogether on the disc. I didn’t really see any difference between the extended versions and the one included in the movie. I am sure there are slight variations, but unless you are a huge fan of the movie, or have plenty of time on your hands, you are unlikely to notice the difference.

Dude, Where's My Car?
One of the most popular extras on recently released DVDs are music videos. For that reason I wasn’t surprised to find one on this disc. The song is called “Stoopid Ass” and is by Grand Theft Auto. This is a heavy metal video, which runs for just over three and a half minutes. It shows various clips from the movie, but to be honest the song is instantly forgettable! The final extras on the disc are trailers and TV spots.  Included in this section is a theatrical trailer. It runs for just over two minutes. Like most trailers it shows far too much of the movie, but it also does a good job of showing how weird the film really is. If you enjoy the trailer then you will probably love the movie. Also included are three TV spots.  They all have a running time of thirty seconds and are very similar.

Overall
Many people will find this strange but I actually really enjoyed watching this film. It just goes to show that you can never trust the critics! The story is ridiculous, but still managed to keep me engrossed for the duration of the movie. Dude, Where’s My Car is a simplistic and weird film, which surprisingly works. The disc is also impressive. Audio and visual aspects are notable, while the extras are also above average. Many people will hate this movie just as much as I liked it but I wouldn’t be put off by the inconsistent reviews that the movie has received. Sit back, relax and Dude I am sure you will be entertained!


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