Film: Dude, Where's My Car?

Dude, where's your car?

Dude, Where's My Car? is a 2000 comedy film directed by Danny Leiner. It is about the journey of two young men named Jesse and Chester (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) to find their stolen car and figure out what happened the night before after waking up with a house full of pudding. It is a stoner film, although technically only one of the film's characters, a dog, is seen smoking marijuana. But they are referred to as stoners, and their alter egos are allegedly Johnny Potsmoker and Smokey McPot, respectively. The shenanigans they get into were also directly related to them being blazed out of their minds.

The film received poor reviews from critics, but was a modest box-office success, and has developed a large cult following, especially after its DVD and home video release.

The title of the film, originally a reference to The Big Lebowski, has become a benchmark of popular culture of the time of its release. It is referenced widely in many different situations, an example being Dude, Where's My Country?, the title of a political book by Michael Moore criticizing the way Bush was leading America in the aftermath of 9/11).

Not even this very wiki is immune. For the trope for situations where characters misplace their motor vehicles, see Dude, Where's Our Car?.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: "My name is Zarnoff. This is Zabu, Zellner, Zelbor, Zelmina and Jeff." Caption: "Jeff".
  • Arc Words: The Continuum Transfunctioner is a very mysterious and powerful device.
    • And its mystery is only exceeded by its power.
  • Asian Rudeness: At a drive-through.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever / Make My Monster Grow: Super Hot Giant Alien!
  • Big Damn Kiss: A very big one between Jesse and Chester.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The written name of the Chinese restaurant translates into the phrase "and then".
  • Boss Subtitles: Again, Super Hot Giant Alien.
  • Breast Expansion: The end after the two leads give the alien necklaces to their girlfriends. This uses the Fetish Fuel ending, where the girls are happy about their increase and no moral is provided. Notably, the necklaces appear to be reusable. The Super Hot Giant Alien's breasts also balloon out while she's transforming.
  • The Cameo: Fabio and Kristy Swanson.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Numerous examples. One example is the lifetime supply of pudding the duo find in their cupboard. This helps them decide which group of mysterious strangers are on their side by asking what they got the night before during a game of mini-golf where they won it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: An extensive knowledge of Animal Planet trivia saves them from a lunatic ostrich rancher and give Chester the idea to press a hard to reach button with a crazy straw.
    • Chester is shown working on a Rubiks cube throughout the movie. When he finally completes it, it turns out to be the Continuum Transfunctioner.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: "We will now use the power of the Continuum Transfunctioner to banish you to Hoboken, New Jersey."
  • Comically Missing the Point: "I refuse to let us go down in history as the dudes who destroyed the universe!"
  • Dude, Where's Our Car?: Trope Namer.
  • Eaten Alive: The Super Hot Giant Alien makes a quick meal of Tommy. He survives.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Super Hot Giant Alien is just what you'd expect.
  • Expy: The black chick is like Juanita from Billy Madison. Only difference is that Juanita enjoys teasing Billy for fun while this chick enjoys messing with people for sadistic pleasure.
  • French Jerk: Pierre, the ostrich guy.
    • Until Chester answers his question correctly. Then he's all smiles, at least with Jesse and Chester. (He's still a jerk with Mark, though).
  • Fusion Dance: The "evil space sluts" into the Super Hot Giant Alien.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: After realizing that their drunken antics have had much greater consequences than is typical, Jesse suggests that they should perhaps cut back. Chester slaps him and he quickly changes his mind.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Super Hot Giant Alien's pink bunny panties.
  • Groin Attack:
    • The hippie's dog bites Tommy's balls for touching his pipe.
    • Pierre has a "No Trespassing" sign that threatens violators with castration.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jesse and Chester. Or are they?
  • Human Aliens: All the aliens in the movie look like regular people. Even the Super Hot Giant Alien looks like a normal human woman, just a lot bigger.
  • Humble Goal: All Jesse and Chester want is to find their car and get the birthday presents for their girlfriends inside.
  • Humiliation Conga: Tommy. First he gets eaten alive by a giantess and his girlfriend doesn't seem to really care. Then after he survives the giantess getting destroyed his girlfriend leaves him for a hippie and the hippie's dog releaves itself on his leg.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Pierre bought the guys' car at auction, only for it to go missing in the interim. Jesse has the nerve to ask "How do you just lose a car?"
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The first thing Super Hot Giant Alien does after merging and expanding is pick Tommy up and eat him alive.
  • Insistent Terminology: "We are not guys, we are hot chicks." Technically, they're neither.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Parodied. Jesse and Chester are interrogated by the cops for a crime they didn't commit, but they don't remember anything from the night before. Thinking they're holding out on them, the cops then bring in a dummy, which they "torture" with beatings, pouring hot coffee in its face, and cigarette burns.
    Chester: Leave him alone! He doesn't know anything!
  • Jerk Jock: Tommy.
  • The Joy of X: The title is often parodied.
  • Lack of Empathy: What was Kristy's reaction to Tommy being devoured by the Alien giantess? A little dismissive "hmph." You would think she would show at least a little concern over seeing a man get eaten by a gigantic woman, especially when that man is her boyfriend.
  • Left the Background Music On: Zoltan is introduced by a Leitmotif played by Jeff on an electric piano. Jeff carries on a bit longer than intended.
  • MacGuffin: The Continuum Transfunctioner. And the car, of course. And the briefcase full of money.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: While Tommy along with the cult are the more active threat to the boys for most of the movie, once the climax hits the women in jumpsuits take over as the real threat when they merge into a giant woman. Once she is formed she devours Tommy alive and the cultists run for their lives.
  • Mythology Gag: Ashton Kutcher's character threatening a Chinese restaurant worker that he will put his foot in her ass.
  • Overcomplicated Menu Order: Inverted when the boys place a fairly straightforward drive-through order and the worker complicates it by repeatedly asking "And then?"
  • Overly Long Gag: "And theeeeennn...?"
  • Panty Shot: We see plenty of Super Hot Giant Alien's "big-ass panties".
  • Rent-a-Zilla: How many stoner flicks do you know that have a Super Hot Giant Alien?
  • Rule of Funny
  • Sassy Black Woman: The impound lot attendant.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Jesse and Chester spend the movie needing to find their car. at the end, everybody's memories from that day are erased so when they wake up they think it's the previous day, with the aliens leaving their car across the street from their house. We never know where the car was all this time.
  • Shirtless Scene: Where the two main characters find their tattoos.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Christie doesn't like Tommy, and breaks up with him for someone who would respect her as a person, like Jesse and Chester. She does, however, get another boyfriend at the end, and rejects Tommy.
  • Stoner Flick: Few other ways to describe a movie with "Dude" in its name.
  • Strange Salute: Zoltan!
  • Swallowed Whole: Tommy.
  • Taught by Television: Chester's endless hours of watching Animal Planet pay off at least twice.
  • Title Drop: About 20 times!
    Jesse: Dude, where's my car?
    Chester: Where's your car, dude?
    Jesse: DUDE! Where's my car?!
    Chester: Where's your car, dude?!
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tommy when he decides to keep standing next to the alien giantess instead of running which results in her eating him alive
  • Trash of the Titans: Boy howdy, the beginning of the movie....
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The movie starts out here and spirals out of control. "Damn you were wasted last night."
  • Who's On First?: They each got tattoos that say "Dude" and "Sweet" on them, respectively. Here's how they find out:
    "Dude, you got a tattoo!"
    "So do you, dude!"
    "Dude, what does my tattoo say?"
    "Sweet! What about mine?"
    "Dude! What does mine say?"
    "Sweet! What about mine?"
    "Dude! What does mine say?"
    "Sweet! What about mine?"
    "Dude! What does mine say?"
    "Sweet. What about mine?"
    "Dude, what does mine say?"
    "Sweet. What about mine?"
    "Dude. What does mine say?"
    "Sweeeeee-t. What about MINE?"
    "Duuuuu-de. WHAT DOES MINE SAY?"

Alternative Title(s):

Dude Wheres My Car