There’s only one thing keeping aspiring executive Tim (Paul Rudd) from corporate success. He must find the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual dinner party, where the winner of the evening is the one who arrives with the biggest buffoon. Luckily, Tim meets Barry (Steve Carell), a guy who recreates famous works of art with stuffed mice. When the duo show up to dine, the lunacy kicks into high gear. It’s a hilarious feast about two unlikely friends and one outrageous dinner.
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This is a really funny film. I was laughing the whole way through. Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd make an excellent double act. Really enjoyed it.
In Dinner for Schmucks Paul Rudd is Tim, a man ready to seize an opportunity. The firm he works at as an analyst has a newly vacant office on the highly regarded 7th floor. Tim proposes a scheme to land a lucrative client and the boss approves, but before he can gain access to his new office Tim must first bring a guest to dinner. They call it “The Dinner for Winners”, but the truth is it’s a competition to please the boss by bringing in tow the biggest idiot of the show. Fortunate for Tim he literally ran into Barry (Steve Carrell), a tax collector who dabbles in constructing dioramas for deceased mice. Despite his girlfriend’s disapproval, Tim invites Barry to the party and soon discovers that this escapade may be more than he can handle. I can think of numerous strikes that derail this lamebrain comedy. To start the hate spree I have to say that Steve Carrell is not the comedian for the job. I’ve seen him in top form in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and The Daily Show, even a strong showing earlier this year in Date Night. In each of these he played a distinctly different character but none of them as talkatively annoying as Barry. Brick Tamland is almost certainly dumber, but the delivery for that character had a charming naive quality. Barry is more along the lines of Harry and Lloyd’s dumbest friend—brash, aggravating, and difficult to believe. For a movie with a sense of reality to it, there are just too many impossibly stupid characters. Darla (Lucy Punch) is Tim’s stalker. Her inspiration for scary comes from Lady Gaga. Jemaine Clement plays an artist who spouts all the typical spiritual baloney seen only in a sitcom guest appearance. If a strong title describes the movie it’s trying to promote, then Dinner for Schmucks is as weak as Uri Geller’s spoons. I would assume we would be spending a great deal of time at a dinner setting. That’s not the most original activity for a film but it isn’t recycled as often as the road trip across America either. In actuality there is more time spent talking about the dinner taking place the next day than there is both traveling towards or eating at the title location. Director Jay Roach has burst some sides with the Austin Powers trilogy and Meet the Parents. Unfortunately there is a lack of inspiration in this go around. Everything from the music to the camera work screams par without an effort for more. There isn’t a standout moment and I’m uncertain how much of this pertains to the fact that Dinner for Schmucks is a remake of a 1998 French film. In 12 years a lot can become cliché. There is a blatant moral to the tale clearly telling us to treat others with respect and the route taken to get there is as obvious as a stoplight. A comedy featuring grown men, which deals with business and relationships, doesn’t sound like the appropriate venue for a message this elementary. This is a lesson children learn from Sesame Street, and I doubt adults need the refresher
I loved Dinner for Schmucks! Rudd and Carrell work together brilliantly. I laughed all the way through but even got choked up at certain points. Great film!
it was funny all the way through with funnier bits than others,a must for people who like comedy.
This is absolutely hilarious from start to finish. I watched it with my hubby and two kids and we all enjoyed it. Well worth watching
Mixed reviews for this one, I hated it, dull and unfunny, my husband thought it was great and thoroughly enjoyed it. Watch for yourself and decide.
Not quite the laugh out loud comedy I was expecting, there is a dark thread through the plot that produces some relatively touching moments but these are outweighed by some genuinely funny moments, and enough of them to make this movie worthwhile. The plot asks anyone watching to not question and simply go with it. If you're happy to do this it has some very good comedy actors who between them assemble some very funny characters and situations. To me Cable Guy would be a most suitable comparison - a stranger enters your life and wrecks it, only in this instance with the best of intentions. David Walliams was probably miscast - his character was a straight part, no humour required. Don't think because of any comparisons to Mr Bean it is suitable for young children, it really isn't. Worth a watch - a much better film for Carell than Date Night.