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Dinner for Schmucks [DVD]
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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Loved the film so much we watched it twice, so funny! Good playback.Published 1 month ago by T Bryant
I loved the silly humour of this film, mainly because some of the characters related to "that" friend that most of us havePublished 1 month ago by Andy
This film is hilarious, very very funny. Shows you should never judge a book by its cover. Funny from the very start, and heart warming. Read morePublished 1 month ago by winter wonderland
This is so funny. I recommend it for a rainy Saturday curled up on the couch with a bag of popcornPublished 7 months ago by Yvonne Middleton