Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Dupree" Misfires; "Little Man" Is Short On Laughs

by | July 13, 2006 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got some unwanted houseguests, in the guise of a guy with a bad case of arrested development ("You, Me and Dupree," starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon) and a pint-sized thief on the lam ("Little Man," starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans). Will the critics be welcoming, or will they boot these flicks into the street?

Owen Wilson has made a side career of crashing things. He (literally and figuratively) crashed weddings in "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Wedding Crashers," and now, in "You, Me and Dupree," he’s crashing on the couch of uptight newlyweds, played by Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon (who’s been involved in a "Crash" of his own). The plot involves the recently jobless Wilson, whose free-wheeling antics get under the skin of his hosts. While the critics say "Dupree" is reasonably warm and fun, it’s inconsistent and lacks the real comic punch to be anything more than mildly amiable. At 22 percent on the Tomatometer, "Dupree" may not be for you and me.


An unemployed Owen Wilson considers a career as an interior decorator.

Shawn and Marlon Wayans‘ previous film, "White Chicks," has legions of guilty defenders, despite (or, perhaps more accurately, because of) the fact that it’s tasteless, ludicrous, and often downright bizarre. Now they’re back with "Little Man," the story of a diminutive thief who poses as a baby in order to infiltrate the home of a suburban couple unwittingly in possession of stolen goods (said couple wisely takes the baby in, despite the fact that he has a mouthful of teeth). The question among critics is not whether "Little Man" is a good movie, but whether it contains laughs. Many say no, some resoundingly so, but for those of you who treasure lowbrow humor, politely ignore "Little Man"’s Tomatometer of 20 percent.


What’s the least realistic thing in this picture? I say it’s the fact that no babies wear bonnets like that anymore. Or the tat. One or the other.

Also opening this week, albeit in limited release: Francois Ozon‘s latest, "Time to Leave," is at 87 percent on the Tomatometer; "Gabrielle," starring Isabelle Huppert, is at 73 percent; "Changing Times," starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, is at 70 percent; the black comedy "Mini’s First Time" is at 50 percent; the David Mamet adaptation "Edmond" is at 33 percent; Ed Burns‘ latest guy-bonding flick "The Groomsmen" is at 29 percent; and the sex comedy "The Oh in Ohio" is at 24 percent.

Recent Owen Wilson Movies:
————————————
76% — Cars (2006)
75% — Wedding Crashers (2005)
51% — The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
63% — Starsky and Hutch (2004)
17% — The Big Bounce (2004)

Recent Movies Written and Starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans:
——————————————————————————
13% — White Chicks (2004)
11% — Scary Movie 2 (2001)
52% — Scary Movie (2000)
24% — Don’t Be A Menace… (1996)

Tag Cloud

Interview Toys Crackle Logo LGBTQ comiccon OWN MTV Drama Year in Review TBS SundanceTV FX Oscars Star Wars cinemax Reality FXX travel diversity Premiere Dates Rock PBS TCA 2017 CNN NYCC IFC Election Reality Competition Holidays Watching Series ITV SDCC El Rey Extras Marathons President 2017 Masterpiece Starz A&E Lionsgate Winners American Society of Cinematographers thriller Countdown boxoffice politics USA Mystery The CW Food Network TCA vampires BBC Tumblr discovery GIFs Rom-Com Comedy Red Carpet PaleyFest Summer BET VH1 Sundance Universal Bravo Spring TV Pirates Nat Geo BBC America Amazon Winter TV Fantasy crime drama Awards Animation ABC Family AMC Emmys 007 period drama History Ghostbusters docudrama Disney Showtime Opinion Writers Guild of America 2016 sitcom crime thriller Video Games Tomatazos Action Character Guide Valentine's Day Nominations NBC cooking Nickelodeon FOX MSNBC Country First Look ESPN Exclusive Video Infographic E! Podcast Adult Swim harry potter GLAAD HBO Music ABC Fall TV Kids & Family Best and Worst VICE TIFF Pop Calendar TCM Hulu TruTV Marvel Cartoon Network serial killer Photos adventure Martial Arts Rocky Superheroes 2015 Cosplay Fox News Schedule GoT Box Office social media singing competition Grammys Netflix Esquire TNT Trailer Syfy Disney Channel Lifetime DC Comics Certified Fresh Comedy Central Biopics Freeform TV Land Thanksgiving Horror Musicals Polls and Games CBS All Access CMT Set visit DirecTV Sneak Peek 24 frames WGN dramedy CBS science fiction sports Sci-Fi Trivia