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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Steve Carell , Paul Rudd , Jay Roach  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement
  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Writers: Francis Veber, David Guion, Michael Handelman
  • Producers: Jay Roach, Amy Sayres, Francis Veber, Gary Barber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AV5GX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Biggest Schmucks in the World Schmuck Ups Deleted Scenes

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Steve Carell, whose gift for playing dumb yet remaining sympathetic is unparalleled, and the astoundingly likable 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 honorable remake of the French comedy The Dinner Game. --Bret Fetzer

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Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss’ monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the reviews, this is a great comedy. February 4, 2011
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What people seem to mistake about this movie is that it is going to be a goofball comedy. In many ways it is, but you also have to realize that there is an element of dark comedy here also. Steve Carell's character does a good job of screwing up Paul Rudd's character's life here, and you almost get irritated at times by how far it goes. That is why this is a dark comedy. Some people like it, some don't. A good movie to compare this to would be The Cable Guy. If you're like me and became pretty annoyed with Jim Carrey's character in that movie, then the people behind it accomplished what they set out to do.

My only complaint is that there are far too many dark comedies coming out nowadays, as if Hollywood thinks that's what the public wants or something (i.e. Easy A, Funny People, and, from what I've heard, The Dilema). Granted I thought this was one of the better movies of its kind to come out, as Steve Carell's character is very likable despite the actions he takes. There is one point during the movie, right in the middle of the obligatory fight between the leads, that Steve Carell's character almost gets to the point that he destroys what defines him as a character, but luckily he pulls back before he can do so. I think that in real life we probably would have seen him go that far considering what he was going through at the time, but at the same time audiences view comedies to laugh, not to be depressed.

So yes, the darker comedy here makes this a little more realistic, and will probably evoke an emotional response from you now and then, but this is still a very funny movie. Mostly because of Steve Carell's character, surprisingly. I saw this for Paul Rudd, and he was almost way too serious here. Still, these two worked well together.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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At first, I thought this movie looked really stupid. The whole idea seemed quite dumb and uninteresting.

That being said, I went ahead and blind bought it and watched it last night.

I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was very well filmed, well acted, and seemed to flow quite well. I never really thought about it, but Steve Carell and Paul Rudd work perfectly together. They really balance each other out and mix the perfect amount of humor and crazy situations. Steve Carell cracked me up most of the movie simply with his facial expressions.

I found this movie to be very entertaining and I was highly anticipating what would happen next. It was a little predictable, however it was still very entertaining.

The PQ and AQ are perfect. The extras are about average.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bumpy, but fun ride. Blu-Ray has exclusives December 10, 2010
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Dinner for Schmucks is a lot like getting a Shiatsu massage from a member of the women's German Olympic weightlifting team. Nice at first and you end up feeling good about it by the time it's over, but it can sure get uncomfortable along the way. The movie is funny. Very funny at times. At other times I feel like pulling my hair. It's a mixed bag. However when you get down to it I didn't regret watching it and look back remembering the fun stuff more than the stuff I complain about.

The movie is a situation comedy. One dude (Paul Rudd) wants to rise up the corporate ladder and one of way of doing it is to get a schmuck for this joke dinner party. Dude finds a schmuck (Steve Carell), who then latches onto him and all sorts of embarrassingly crazy stuff happens. It's similar comedy that you would find in Due Date (maybe it's a Zack Galifianakis thing as he is in both movies). Sometimes it's pretty funny and sometimes you just wish they would quit running the gag as long as they do. In the middle of the movie it's especially exasperating and borders on being painfully droll. There is only so many times (and minutes) I can stand seeing Carell destroy Rudd's life in various little ways.

It's when they get off on that kick and move further into the absurdities and quirkiness of the characters that the comedy starts to take off for me. Jemaine Clement as the eccentric artist Kieran gives a refreshingly out of the box performance, Galifianakis' character is weird but gels right in with Carell. Much of the good stuff happens in the beginning and the penultimate "dinner" scene at the end of the movie. It's makes it worth the wait when you get there. You get a blind swordsman making funny challenges, a pet psychic talking to the food, even Jeff Dunham married to one of his dummies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining January 5, 2013
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I have seen better comedies, but this is okay. It does have a good understory. I did like the little background scenes with the mice that showed the life story of the breakup of the marriage of the schmuck that he was taking to the dinner. A cute touch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I MADE YOU READ THIS February 27, 2011
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The movie concept was great. In fact the dinner with the schmucks was very funny, I just wish there had been more of it. Rather than concentrate on what the title of the film would have us believe the movie is about, it takes its time to get there. The movie is about the relationship of Paul Rudd and various people including his gf, ex-gf and Steve Carell, the schmuck he has selected to take to a dinner filled with schmucks. This is a monthly event hosted by his boss.

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.
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