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Dinner for schmucks,
This review is from: Le Dīner De Cons [DVD]  (DVD)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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Initial post: 21 Jan 2011 15:47:41 GMT
I saw this on the telly the other night it's like a foreign film for folk who don't like foreign film's its got that horrible shiny Hollywood look very glib.It was O.K. and inoffensive mind.
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