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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Walliams, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement
  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE4V6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An extraordinarily stupid man possesses the ability to ruin the life of anyone who spends more than a few minutes in his company. Remake of the French comic hit Le Diner de Cons.

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Steve Carell, whose gift for playing dumb yet remaining sympathetic is unparalleled, and the astoundingly likeable Paul Rudd make an excellent comedy team in Dinner for Schmucks. Tim (Rudd, I Love You, Man) gets invited to take part in a game his boss plays every year: each of his executives has to bring a perfect idiot to dinner; the biggest loser wins an award and the executive who brought him gets a promotion. Tim's girlfriend thinks the idea is appalling, and Tim reluctantly agrees--until he literally runs into Barry (Carell), an obtuse IRS agent who makes dioramas with stuffed dead mice. Barry is so perfect for the game that Tim can't resist inviting him to dinner--but by inviting Barry into his life, Tim loses control of everything he wants as Barry's bumbling attempts to help go hopelessly awry. Dinner for Schmucks has its share of broad slapstick, but what may surprise some viewers is the mix of verbal wit and elegant visual jokes (some of Barry's dioramas are both funny and truly beautiful). The movie's farcical formula is familiar and threadbare, but Rudd and Carell give it genuine heart as well as humor and the supporting performances from Jemaine Clement (Eagle vs. Shark), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), and Kristin Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) are all deliriously funny. A loose but honourable remake of the French comedy The Dinner Game. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 22 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie concept was great. In fact the dinner with the schmucks was very funny, I just wish there had been more of it. Rather than concentrate on what the title of the film would have us believe the movie is about, it takes its time to get there. The movie is about the relationship of Paul Rudd and various people including his gf, ex-gf and Steve Carell, the schmuck he has selected to take to a dinner filled with schmucks. This is a monthly event hosted by his boss.

Steve, our schmuck, uses dead mice to make menageries of his life and the history of mankind. He is really a nice guy, who through his stupidity messes up the life of Paul Rudd. The movie makers decided the movie needed a heart warming message that schmucks have feelings too, not thinking that the audience doesn't really care. I think making Paul Rudd attend multiple parties, building up to this one would have been better than the trek these writers took.

The movie was funny when it wasn't overly stupid. The reason why we laughed at those Pink Panther movies because there was a sense of possibility in all that stupidity. When you cross that line to no possibility, as this movie sometimes does, it becomes just stupid.

Listen carefully to Steve Carell's lines as he mixes up words. "After sex you curl up and assume a fecal position." Funny without fart jokes. While the humor is adult, I wouldn't classify it as overly crude. Three and a half stars for sure.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Graham Chapman on 3 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
Jay Roach has done some quite enjoyable films, so, even though I really like the French original, I thought he would do a good job of producing an Americanized version of the Dinner. But no. The 'idiot' in the original is full of charm, an inadvertent wrecker, like Mr Bean. Steve Carell's 'schmuck', however, is charmless.

The pleasure in the French version is watching the uptight executive's life unravel as his calculating plans go awry. In this film the executive (Paul Rudd) has been scripted to be sympathetic so the function of the 'idiot' as an anti-bourgeois provocateur is lost. What is left is a dog's dinner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L Stein on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Dinner For Schmucks is a bit of a disappointment. It has a great cast and some very funny ideas but it gets lost somewhere along the way in its attempts to portray the characters as likeable. Both leads are very capable of being funny but because the filmmakers decided to make Paul Rudd's character likeable it means that Steve Carell's character becomes irritating because he's constantly scuppering the hopes of a genuinely nice guy. It also means that Rudd's character has no arc and no real lesson to learn. He starts off as a nice guy and carries on that way. It's not all bad though, there are some great belly laughs in this film. The blind guy is a hoot and the story is rich with great characters and cameos. It's definitely worth a watch but it really could have been so much better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2011
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`Dinner for Schmucks' is an easy going comedy starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.

When Tim (Rudd) goes after a promotion he soon learns that his boss hosts an annual dinner party where each of his staff has to bring an `idiot' guest along with him. The most entertaining guest wins a trophy and the member of staff who brought him wins the promotion. Although Tim is initially appalled by the idea, this soon changes when he meets Barry (Carrell) who is an endearing, but bumbling man who makes assorted dioramas out of stuffed, dead mice. Barry brings chaos, but his own brand of charm, into Tim's life and before long the film is in full swing.

Carrell is very good as Barry, who you can't help but like despite his annoying tendencies. He tries so hard to please and although everything falls down around his ears, he acts with the best intentions. I found this a lot funnier than I expected and whilst it doesn't have much sophistication, it more than makes up for this in visual gags and slapstick humour.

Some reviewers have given this a rough ride when comparing it to the original, but having not seen the French version I am in no position to judge. I can say however, that taken on it's own merits it is an entertaining enough film and raises enough laughs to warrant being called a comedy. Everyone plays their roles well enough and this is worth watching for the hilarious, quirky and strangely charming mouse dioramas alone. This is good, but not great, but makes for an evenings entertaining viewing.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cipher on 19 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
We bought this DVD as one of those 3 for £20 offers and it is the most unfunny pile of crap ever. The timing of the comedy is off and Steve Carell's character is the most annoying ever. Awful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
There is a fine line in comedy when you are making fun of people. The modern Hollywood mentality is that although people can be mocked, they should be happy with their eccentricities (post ironic just means you don't have to say sorry). In fact, it is the crass bullies who mock the eccentric who are sad and they should be laughed at. This is the principle behind `Dinner for Schmucks', a film about a group of obnoxious business men who invite the worst guests they can find to a dinner party in the hopes of winning a prize and their boss' ear. `Nice guy' Tim (Paul Rudd) becomes involved in the group and plans to groom the lonely Barry (Steve Carrel) as his victim.

The problem with `Dinner' is that the moral posing falls flat. There is no doubt that we as a viewer are being asked to join in the mockery of some borderline mentally ill people. Imagine the film version of `The X Factor Auditions'. I for one found the film a little tasteless at times and a lazy attempt at suggesting we are meant to laugh with, and not at, the eccentrics.

It is perhaps the performances of Rudd and Carrel that distort the film. Rudd is not likable enough as the nice guy (so nice it takes seconds for him to do something nasty) and Carrell is too sad and creepy. They dominate the film so as a whole it falls flat. This is a shame as many of the cameos are excellent; Lucy Punch as the deranged vixen, Chris O'Dowd as the blind fencer and Kristen Schaal as the disgruntled secretary. You get the feeling that the film follows the wrong people around in their daily lives.

An odd and slightly uncomfortable watch that is not funny enough to excuse its bad nature.
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