• Publication date: November 1, 2011

Can Two Idiots Save the Planet? Maybe, if They Can Find Their Car

Filmmaker Danny Leiner the creator of �The Great New Wonderful� (2006) and �Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle� (2004) presents, �Dude, Where�s My Car?� (2000) a stoner comedy starring Ashton Kutcher of �That 70s Show.�

Filmmaker Danny Leiner the creator of �The Great New Wonderful� (2006) and �Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle� (2004) presents, �Dude, Where�s My Car?� (2000) a stoner comedy starring Ashton Kutcher of �That 70s Show.� Though not initially well received by critics, the film has become a cult classic, and has earned itself various references throughout popular culture. The film follows Jesse (Kutcher) and Chester (Seann William Scott) as they scour their neighborhood�s streets in search of a car that was lost after a long night of partying.

One morning Jesse and Chester wake up noticing a lifetime�s supply of pudding in their living room. Not sure how it got there, they try and remember what happened the night before � and fail. They receive a call from their angry girlfriends asking where they are, promising the guys a special gift to mark their first anniversary. Immediately, the two guys remember that the girls� gifts are in their car. Yet when they go outside to open the trunk they cannot find the car, let alone the gifts.

In order to determine the car�s location, the duo must retrace their steps from the previous night. After stopping at a drive-thru Chinese restaurant, Jesse and Chester visit a strip club that they frequent regularly. Once there, all of the girls seem to know the two well; the dancers� attitudes seem to imply that Jesse and Chester had their way with the girls. Unfortunately, one of the exotic dancers is not a lady at all, but a transsexual demanding that the two return a briefcase full of cash that he/she left with them. Jesse and Chester have no idea where the briefcase is, but hope that once their car is located that the briefcase will be near by.

Jesse and Chester are then kidnapped by a nerdy UFO cult searching for an item called a Continuum Transfunctioner. The cult leader, Zoltan is sure that the two were in possession of it the night before. When it is clear that they do not have the Transfunctioner with them they are let go, only to encounter super hot female aliens � who are also in search of the Transfunctioner. Yet before the girls could do anything the two buddies were arrested after a police office suspects them of theft. After a thorough interrogation, the police are convinced of the duo�s innocence and sets them free.

While a number of other awkward scenarios occur afterward, the crux of the story is that the mysterious Continuum Transfunctioner is capable of destroying the planet, and that if it falls into the wrong hands it could lead to the destruction of mankind. However Jesse and Chester are convinced that if they can just locate their car the details of the prevoius night will become clear. As time runs out, and more kidnappings occur, the two stoners struggle to simply remember the whereabouts of their car.

�Dude, Where�s My Car?� was a box office success. Filmed with a mere $13 million budget, the teen comedy grossed over $73 million and continues to gain revenue in DVD sales. The film is rated PG-13 for adult language and some sex and drug-related humor. Its runtime is 80 minutes.