Dinner for Schmucks

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Businessman Tim (Paul Rudd) is happy to have met the incredibly stupid, amazingly dense Barry (Steve Carell). He brings him along to his boss' monthly dinner party where guests are challenged to bring along the dumbest person they can find, for the amusement of the group. But instead of being congratulated for bringing such a moron, Tim finds his life spiralling out of control with a series of personal and professional disasters as his new 'friend' accidentally paves a path of destruction.

The cast of comic gold is rounded out by Conchord Jemaine Clement, Hangover beardy man Zach Galifianakis and Office Space's Ron Livingston. This is a re-make of French comedy The Dinner Guest.

It's hard to know what to make of this US remake of a French farce from last century. On the one hand, Verber's borderline-offensive tale has been softened for American consumption, on the other it is an unrelentingly sex-obsessed cringe-comedy that follows the formula of virtually every bro and ro-mance of the past few years, many of which have starred Rudd.

The story, which has already been transformed into Bollywood and Malayalam versions, tries hard to be topical with the original's Parisian publisher transformed into a financial analyst whose company is in dire straits, but at times you wonder if you are watching Wall Street, with Gordon Gecko replaced by Dumb and Dumber's Lloyd Christmas.

While Rudd is a somewhat bland lead and Clement is clearly standing in for Russell Brand while playing an avant-garde over-sexed artist, the film provides a great showcase for Carell's brand of deadpan nuttiness. Playing a taxidermied mice diorama-creating IRS employee, the close-cropped Carell (almost a dead ringer for NZ's own idiot-savant Paul Henry) is a constant hoot, especially when he does things like describe how Louis Pasteur turned cheese into medicine.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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The guests at the dinner are a strange lot. To describe them would be to give away their jokes, and one of the pleasures of the movie is having each one appear

Christchurch Press (James Croot)

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The whole enterprise feels very much like a by the numbers bromance

Empire (UK)

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Hardly a classic given the talents of Carell, Rudd and Roach at his best. It bungles utilising plenty of talent in a lightweight comedy effort that brings little fresh to the table.

Hollywood Reporter

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Though Carell and Rudd are both saddled with characters that just aren't as interesting as many they've played in the past, the movie benefits from having drawn many gifted comedians to supporting roles.

New York Daily News

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While the climactic dinner is a bit too much like a circus audition, Roach -- who helmed the "Austin Powers" movies as well as "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" -- knows how to enjoy each sideshow.

New York Times

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The film collects a cast of performers who know how to be funny. The success of this movie, following a formula upheld by just about any recent hit comedy you can name, lies as much with supporting players and plot-derailing set pieces as with the central story and characters.

Variety (USA)

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An uproarious odd-couple remake of Francis Veber's hit French farce "The Dinner Game."

Didn't live upto the expectations

Seeing the trailer for this movie I had high hopes with Steve Carrell and Zack Galli what ever. It seemed a bit bland really not worth the admission. More of a rental movie worth. Havn't seen the original yet either.

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Some funny parts thought it took to long to actually make it to the dinner part of the movie. But overall it was an ok movie

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OMG

Its funny as :) do watch

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Watch the original, instead !

When will America stop re-making movies that really don't need to be remade.

I guess for this one they have the language excuse as the original was French ... but that really is a lame excuse ... LEARN TO READ, America!


Americans behaving badly

I like Steve Carell. I like Paul Rudd. And Jemaine Clement is easily in the same league. Unfortunately, I also loved Le diner de cons. Which means I had a permanent wince on my face when watching this trailer. Are we entering an era of great international films being re-made abysmally by Americans? (Yes, I'm looking at you, Death at a Funeral!)

Le Diner de Cons? No, unfortunately...

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Le Diner de Cons? No, unfortunately...

"Le Diner de Cons", otherwise known as "The Dinner Game", is arguably Francis Veber's very best film. Certainly it is the funniest movie I have ever seen in my life.

Unfortunately, "Dinner for Schmucks" is not a straight English remake of that film, like "The Fugitives", "The Bird Cage" and other respectfully translated Veber classics. If it were, it might be ok.

Instead, "Dinner for Schmucks" seems to be a very loose adaptation. The trailer seems to indicate the directors have missed the point of the original; "Le Diner de Cons" was not a patchwork of slapstick sight gags. It had a plot, for starters, and it was subtle.

Pignon has the genius of a Forest Gump, with the bedside manner of Typhoid Mary. He's no schmuck though, as Steve Carell portrays him. As well of course, nobody out-Vebers Veber. The original is pure cult, and a model of perfect comedic minimalism. This is not that film.

Give the morons a chance

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Give the morons a chance

Didn't think it was original, but still this movie might just be ok, given that steve carell is a great person to act like an idiot (remember Brick???)


Rip-off of a french movie

And an old one at that!!!