I managed to avoid Dude, Where’s My Car? for almost 14 years, and upon finally viewing it I feel this was a wise decision. I know a lot of comedies don’t age well, but I’m flabbergasted that this was ever a success at the box office. It’s just so dumb.
I guess the popularity of this movie can be chalked up to Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. The year 2000 was their heyday, so of course this pairing would be box office gold. The two do have great chemistry together. Or they’re both just really good at playing stoners, so it seems like they have great chemistry. I can’t really tell.
The plot isn’t all that ridiculous compared to similar movies. It’s very reminiscent of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and was probably an influence on The Hangover (the story involves Kutcher and Scott trying to piece together the previous night’s events after waking with no memory of what happened), but the characters were just not as funny or watchable as I would have liked. I mean, they could have actually destroyed the universe for all I cared. We probably deserve it for making this movie a hit.
This film has not aged well. I remember enjoying it in my younger years, but watching it again left me underwhelmed. I think when this film came out it was a perfect storm of have two leads that were flying high and super popular, along with a generation of stoners that could relate to them. I was never a stoner, but I still found Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott amusing enough to be entertained for 90 minutes.
As the title implies, the film follows Jesse (Kutcher) and Chester (Scott) as they search for their missing cars after a particularly hard night of partying. The boys have to retrace their steps from the night before hoping to discover what happened and why their cute girlfriends (Jennifer Garner and Marla Sokoloff) are super pissed at them. Eventually their journey leads them to strip clubs and extra-terrestrial conspiracies, as they search for their missing vehicle.
This film seems like a product of its time. When this came out in 2000, it was fresh and funny, but today it just seems old and generic. Kutcher and Scott have charisma and good chemistry, but they can’t save a story that is just too stupid for its own good. I laughed a few times, but outside of Kutcher and Scott, there is not much here. I was a bit disappointed because I remember really enjoying this film, but I guess we all have to grow up sometime.