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Dinner for Schmucks [DVD]

Steve Carell , Paul Rudd , Jay Roach    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE4V6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest film I've seen in a while. 14 Oct 2012
This film had me laughing out loud. Certain scenes were just genius! It is a fine example of taking an idea, pushing it to extremes and then taking even further!

The story is simple. Man wants promotion. Man gets chance of promotion and is invited to a special dinner with the boss where he has to impress - the catch is, that at this dinner you have to bring along an 'idiot' as entertainment.

Enter stage left Steve Carell, the walking disaster, who turns our Man's life (and everything else) upside down. Sounds rubbish, but it's totally hysterical.

The acting was by everyone was spot-on, with the supporting cast of nut-jobs putting in as great a performance and Steve Carell (who is of course excellent too) and the film's finalé was just hysterical.

The easily earns the title of "The Best Comedy I've Seen In A While" and I would happily watch it again. Laugh? I quite literally wet myself - but it's OK, it was with tears of laughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars :-) DVD 31 May 2013
Very happy with this plays great and didn't have to wait long for it to come so over all good very happy :-)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dog's Dinner 3 Sep 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid comedy 22 May 2014
By Kevin
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Dinner for Schmucks delivers exactly what you expect, a good comedic promise, an O.K. plot, and some laughs. It provides all these things, and gives you a good time. All the performances are great and really fit the characters. Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinner for Schmucks is a charming film 22 Sep 2013
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Dinner for Schmucks is a charming film, from a book/play by the author of "The Birdcage" and it shares some features with that work. The story progresses in an unpredictable way, and the dinner at the end is the final climax, after a lot of scene-setting and information about the characters being laid out before the viewer. Steve Carell's character is child-like in his simplicity and Paul Rudd's character deals with him in a believable way, so they are both likeable. The film poses the question, "Who are the idiots here?" and it may seem that being rich and/or successful makes a person immune from that title. Some of the jokes are quite funny and some are a little obvious (even coarse). Don't expect too many "laugh out loud" moments. However, I watched this film twice (quite close together) and I enjoyed it as much the second time around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I MADE YOU READ THIS 22 Sep 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing film 11 Sep 2013
By rodman
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Carell, Rudd and Galifinakis can it get any better?! Very funny film, if you like Anchorman you will probably like this too...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few laughs 10 Aug 2011
By L Stein
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very silly film indeed
This film is stupid and I love it. It is really left of centre field. I love the offbeat characters that inhabit Dinner For Schmuks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Betsy
1.0 out of 5 stars How to bring an Idiot to dinner
The premise of this pile of manure is that you have to bring an idiot to dinner.
It's a simple task - just select somebody at random from the credits. Poo-eeeee!
Published 10 months ago by Mr H Bolet
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
A fun and entertaining movie. A great cast who will have you holding your sides with laughter during certain scenes. Have already watched it twice!
Published 14 months ago by Diddy Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious film
One of the funniest films I've seen for a while. Wonderful selection of actors and brilliant comedy. This is actually a rather delightful and strangely moving film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Funny film if you've got a young sense of humour. Lots of laughs and jokes you'd want to see again
Published 19 months ago by jess
5.0 out of 5 stars pure class
steve and paul have done it again!.. The third film they have worked together in, They play well off each other!!
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Mcgarry
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner for Schmucks
A brilliant idea for a film...don't know why this film wasn't bigger than it has's so cringeworthy but so funny...brilliant actors that just aren't right in the head!!!!!
Published 20 months ago by Vio
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
I have Just watched Dinner for Schmucks and thought it was an all right film myself I gave it a 6 out of 10.
Published 21 months ago by D. Fortune
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