Dude, Where's My Car? | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Dude, Where's My Car?


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Unlike Bill and Ted, Jesse and Chester (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) aren't aspiring musicians, though they do enjoy a music-video fantasy sequence as much as the next guy. Writer Philip Stark (That '70s Show) and director Danny Leiner (Freaks and Geeks) apply mature comic instincts to an adolescent genre, whose conventions dictate that its slacker heroes go on a humble quest--to find Jesse's car--and incidentally save the universe. Chester has learned everything they need to know from Animal Planet, having watched it religiously and in a particularly receptive state of mind. With hyperbolic product placement and an ironic cameo, Adidas and Fabio endorse a sequence that turns macho competition inside out to avoid the usual homophobia. 83 min. Chatham 14, City North 14, Ford City, Lawndale, Lincoln Village, Norridge, North Riverside, 600 N. Michigan, 62nd & Western, Village North.

--Lisa Alspector

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment