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Le Dîner De Cons [DVD] [1998]

Jacques Villeret , Thierry Lhermitte , Candide Sanchez    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Francis Huster, Alexandra Vandernoot, Daniel Prévost
  • Directors: Candide Sanchez
  • Producers: Vladimir Cosma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002476TW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) is a successful publisher. Every Wednesday Pierre and his cronies have an 'idiot's dinner', when they invite an idiot to share their meal. Whoever invites the biggest idiot wins. Pierre is convinced he has found the biggest idiot ever - an accountant called François Pignon (Jacques Villeret). However, no sooner has this prize idiot been invited, than Pierre's life starts to fall apart. It seems that François is a jinx of mammoth proportions.

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Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons", in which each participant must bring the most idiotic companion as a guest with a prize awarded to the most irritating of the evening. Pierre (Thierry Lhermitte) thinks his quarry is unsurpassable but when an injury forces him to miss the regular meal, he finds that his new found friend is not easy to shake off... Actors Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster, Daniel Prevost & Alexandra Vandernoot

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest films I have ever watched 9 Aug 2007
By Tonkfan
Having watched this film a few years ago, I saw it again last night and it was even better than I remembered.

It's a truly uplifting film, as all comedies should be, the acting is of the highest order and the plot is succinct but very, very clever.

Most importantly, unlike even the best US and some UK comedies, it lives 'in the moment' and doesn't make the mistake of over-analysing characters or having saccharine-drenched moments of revelation. In fact, it's acid sharp all the way through, although Jacques Villeret's sweet and witless Monsieur Pignon adds a humanity to the story that makes the viewer care.

I agree totally with the reviewer who suggested that this film has a universal sense of humour. With no cultural or political references, it's a timeless piece that could have been made in any era and in any country. It reminded me of the grand old farces I used to see at the theatre as a child and of old black and white slapstick comedies.

My other half, who tolerates and sometimes enjoys the odd French film for my benefit, shook with laughter all the way through.

This is a genuinely great film - I felt like standing up and applauding too - and I would recommend it to anyone.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed until I cried 20 May 2006
Watching this film on DVD travelling by train to London. However much I tried, I just couldn't stop myself laughing. I laughed so hard I was crying by the end of the journey.

This is one of the daftest, most heart warming and funny films I've ever seen. If you don't mind reading sub-titles (and I've no problem with them), you should watch this.

Very silly, but very, very funny.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dearg 13 July 2007
It is laugh out loud funny.

I watched this in an empty house alone, yet still stood and applauded at the end. I've just bought a copy because I have to own this movie. Absolutely brilliant.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good comedy 13 Sep 2007
This moderm French comedy attained great success in both sides of the Channel.
It was adapted into a very ajoyable west end play 4 years ago , and it was somehow best suited as a play than as a film.
Most of the action takes place in one room , where the main character , match stick man , is invited for dinner so a group of smug middle class French can amuse themselves with his comments , but it turns out the other way round.
Is best to watch this in French plus subtitles as the dubbed version is not as good .
There is no extas on the DVD.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic French comedy 4 April 2007
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Let's not waste words, this is classic comedy. Sharp script, wonderful performances and swift, no-nonsense directing. It's played for the most part inside and occasionally outside the apartment of a very wealthy publisher, so there are no distractions from a series of comic misunderstandings of huge proportions. The result is very funny, intensely humane, and thoroughly enjoyable.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Let's play a game. I invite you all for diner. Each of us brings an 'idiot'. We let our idiots do the talking and at the end of the diner we'll elect the most stupid of them. The one who brought him or her, wins the right to organise the next diner. Sounds fun?
Ok but what happens if you decide to bring The 'Idiot', the one and only, the ultimate champion of stupidity, home to test him? For example, the day you are locked on the couch by a sore back and cannot perform an operation as basic as using the phone? And to make it worse, suppose your wife feels so low she is wondering about your future together? Oh but I am worrying you for nothing: your special guest is polite and will do his best to solve all your problems once and for all! Feeling better now?
In this movie you will not see a single clown gag, not one funny faces, no fart-and-joy and it's stripped of shameful-but-laughable moments. Everything is based on the following principle: some people do not have a filter between their brain and their mouth so what happens if you let one of them acts upon your life that you lead through lies and deceptions? This movie is universally funny because we all experienced such individuals (and we can all admit of being like that from time to time) and there are no cultural references and no specifically french gags: everyone can be put in such appaling situations. Furthermore, the only support to this comedy is what-is-said rather than what-is-done hence I was able to lend this movie to my foreign friends with the asbolute certitude that all of us will enjoy this very funny and very witty film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dinner for schmucks 16 Jun 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Francis Veber's Le Diner de Cons/The Dinner Game has been on the slate for a US remake for so long that Bollywood beat them to it with Bheja Fry/Home Delivery. It's not Veber's funniest film by a long way and at times it plays like a filmed theatrical farce (which, in fairness, it is), but in a good way as Thierry Lhermitte's arrogant publisher tries to find the perfect idiot for his friends' weekly dinner for schmucks, where each brings an idiot they hope will be even more idiotic than those the other guests bring. Faced with heavy competition from a friend's boomerang collector, unfortunately the idiot he finds - Jacques Villeret's Francois Pignon - is TOO perfect, and promptly sets about inadvertently destroying his life with the minimum of effort. Lhermitte is the perfect straight man for Villeret's puppydogish performance - at one point he even hides in the corner like a puppy that's just peed on the rug - though the biggest laugh goes to Daniel Prevost's tax inspector who is drawn into the maelstrom with an ill-advised favor that has disastrous consequences. Veber is smart enough to mock the obvious moral of the tale, and at a brisk 80 minutes it never stretches the thin material to breaking point. Perhaps not a classic, but a very pleasant and frequently delightful diversion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful play.
A classic farce. A wonderful play.
Published 3 days ago by julian st clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly Entertaining.
Published 4 days ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Ce film est formidable!
If you want some belly laughs, you'll enjoy this film. It's a silly concept but the twists and turns keep you watching.
Published 14 days ago by Marjorie Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd
A very funny dvd. I saw it in London as a play with Nigel Havers. The film is so good. Comedians excellent. Worth buying and having a fun evening.
Published 3 months ago by Lor
3.0 out of 5 stars A French Farce
Its OK if you like the farce type film and is quite watchable if you have a spare 90 minutes or so but ultimately I was disappointed with this offering from French cinema.
Published 4 months ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever French original
This is original French version and you must watch this in the original French language with subtitles (if you need them! Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
This is a great comedy, timeless and so much better than the later filmed American version.
Deffinitely recomended. It is really funny.
Published 5 months ago by Veliota Drosou
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must see and a must buy
One of the funniest French movies ever made, certainly the funniest non-english movie i can remember seeing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars such a good laugh
The sub-titles for this French farce were very good. It's such a funny film. and the "hero" was great. I'll watch it again when I need a good belly laugh.
Published 9 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
witty, unusual, entertaining film that can be watched with pleasure more than once.
great acting. good price. fast delivery. 5 stars well deserved.
Published 9 months ago by grandma
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