Dude is a Netflix Original film that follows four friends on their last two weeks of high school. It promises a lot of weed jokes. On that account, it delivers. On the rest, meh dude. (Also, SPOILERS ahead, so beware).
If I told you that Dude was the stereotypical graduation film, I wouldn’t be lying.
The film starts with a cover of Snoop Dogg’s ‘Smoke Weed Everyday’, which had me a little confused about whether this would be terrible film or the greatest one and a half hours of my life. Five minutes later though I was tempted to turn it off. However, a few minutes after that, the biggest plot twist ever happened – someone dies (I know, shock. At least I’m not spoiling it all for you though!). What a roller coaster of emotions.
Flash-forward to a year later, the four girls are hotboxing a car (and if you’re fortunate enough to not know what that is, don’t find out). These students are your class president types mixed with weed smokers who don’t care about anything. And just so you know, it doesn’t work at all – the characters are both dull and shallow. Plus, they’ve got the nicest new cars, which just seems unbelievable… like this entire movie.
Somehow, the script was placed on the 2013 Black List of best un-produced scripts. It’s vulgar, but not in a funny way, and it lacks any real jokes. I watch a lot of rubbish and this was possibly one of the longest 1 hour and 37 minute stints of my life.
We go through the heartbreak that ‘Clo’, the main character in Dude, is going through because of her brother’s death.
This movie fits every cliche of teen drama and comedy crossover. The jokes are weak, the drama is predictable, and of course there is the love interest, which totally misses the mark.
Was Dude a flop because of the script? Or the execution?
Half of me wonders whether this would have been better left as a script that was impressive but never produced. The other half of me wholeheartedly believes that this was simply not a script I would have ever enjoyed.
I’m sure some people would enjoy this piece – a semi-dark teenage comedy with cheap and vulgar laughs and weak subplots that can easily be ignored. Sadly, however, I am not one of those people. I did not enjoy Dude (as is abundantly clear).
There are saving moments however. When the girls hang out, it works. Sadly the producers didn’t capitalise on this and these are fleeting moments, few and far between.
All in all, Dude seems like it wasn’t exactly sure where it was going. We’ll be seeing some of the actors again, in films like Ocean’s 8 in which Awkwafina is starring. Ocean’s 8 was also co-written by star of Dude Olivia Milch.
For better quality Netflix content, have a read of our review of Santa Clarita Diet.