Dudley Do-Right was greenlit by producers after the overwhelming success of the Brendan Fraser led George of the Jungle. Unfortunately, the same star and producers cant turn this Jay Ward cartoon into a watchable big-screen tale. This is a laborious and difficult movie to get through. Despite the 77-minute screen-time the movie is flat and never achieves any comedic zing. Brendan Fraser and Alfred Molina give their enthusiasm and energy to roles that never pop on screen.
Dudley is a perpetually friendly, accident-prone, and hapless young Mountie (Brendan Fraser), as he struggles to outwit the evil Snidley Whiplash. (Alfred Molina). Snidley has devised the scam of the century setting off the biggest gold rush since 1880. Gold prospector Kim Darling (Eric Idle) is an unsuspecting oaf who joins the millionaire wannabes streaming into the town that has since been re-named Whiplash City. Now, it’s up to the usually sweet and naive Dudley to lead the charge, defeat the villain, win the heart of Nell Fenwick (Sarah Jessica Parker) and bring peace back to Semi-Happy Valley.
Fraser and director Hugh Wilson teamed earlier in 1999 for the rom-com Blast from the Past. That movie contained the same sweetness that can be found in Dudley Do-Right, but the laughs just aren’t there this time around. Eric Idle livens things up in a supporting role, but the movie is D.O.A. from its opening moment. Dudley Do-Right is arguably the worst movie released by a major studio in 1999.
Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alfred Molina