Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Teen Movie, Buddy Film, Slapstick, Stoner Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 15, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Karl Williams

A shameless effort to ape the style and success of the films of screenwriter Ed Solomon, this calculatedly dumb teenage comedy rips off the writer's best work, such as Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Men in Black (1997) with gleeful abandon. Whether it's the afterlife or a secret government organization policing alien visitors, much of the humor and appeal of Solomon's work is its creation of entire worlds and systems adhering to his own trippy, far-out logic. Dude, Where's My Car? only scratches the surface of such invention, focusing its attention instead on the drug-abusing slackers at its center, mining laughs from their stoned reactions to the various caricatures they encounter. Director Danny Leiner and writer Philip Stark manage to whip up a few genuine laughs here and there, but their sense of humor is as derivative as their anecdotal script and as dated as their film's soundtrack.