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Laughter is on the menu when the creator of La Cage Aux Folles serves up a tasty comic feast with this hilarious farce.When Pierre decided to play a game to see who could bring the biggest idiot to a dinner party he never imagined he'd be the one playing the fool. But when Pierre's selfish ways come to light before the main course he gets his just dessert.System Requirements: Running Time 72 minFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 031398845720 Manufacturer No: VM8457D

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  • Actors: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster, Daniel Prévost, Alexandra Vandernoot
  • Directors: Francis Veber
  • Writers: Francis Veber
  • Producers: Alain Poiré
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A1HQP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dinner Game" on IMDb

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Alanna on June 5, 2000
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie at the Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival in 1999. It had the whole audience laughing hysterically, me included.
The humor is based on comedy of errors. I don't think I quite agree with the review that says this movie has a reserved sense of humor. The reason some may believe that is that this is not slapstick, punchline type of humor. Instead, your laughing as the situation gets worse and worse and worse through the character's confusions and bad judgements.
The plot is interesting. Four buddies have a "dinner game" every week, in which they invite the worst (best?) idiot that can be found. The one who brings the most idiotic person, wins. It is interesting how serious each pursue their idiots. Some go so far as to "network" and send agents on the look out for an idiot. But the idiot that takes the cake and the co-starring role in this movie is quite the nice guy, if a bit on the bumbling fool side. He just has a weird passion: building matchstick models of famous buildings like the Eiffel Tower. He is Pierre's idiot for the Wednesday dinner.
Unfortunately, Pierre severely hurts his back playing golf that day and must cancel his appearance at the idiot dinner. But when the idiot stops by, he becomes so concerned for Pierre and his hurt back that he sticks around and tries to "help" him out.
And that is where everything truly falls apart.
You may have to have some initial patience if you are looking for the imediate funnies. It doesn't start to get crazy until about 30 minutes into the film.
This is one of those movies that you can see dozens of times and keep laughing. I have.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2003
Format: DVD
Oh mon dieu! Ce film est tres drole! It didn't make me laugh the whole way through, but then again, no movie ever has. The plot concerns a group of stuck-up upper class french guys who get their kicks by trying to find the biggest idiot they can and inviting them to dinner. Once the idiots get together, the fun is watching them talk. As you can probably tell, these guys are not the nicest out there and they probably deserve their comeuppance (spelling?). Well, don't worry 'cause one of the rich guys, a publisher perfectly played by Thierry Lhermitte accidentaly throws out his back the night of an idiot dinner. (In French, un diner de con). His invited idiot decides it is his duty to stay and help Thierry since his wife seems to be absent...
What follows, not suprisingly is top-grade humor. Few actual punchlines are to be found, which is somehow even funnier. Just because you liked, say, American Pie (I did) doesn't mean you'll hate this, but I would recommend staying away from this if you've never laughed at anything but a poo-poo joke. For the record, I think the "Belgian" phone call is one of the funniest things I have ever seen along with the expression on the tax auditor's face when he finds out where his wife is.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on September 3, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After reading postive reviews on [Amazon.com] about this movie, I decided to check it out for myself. This is a great movie! The set up is as follows...a group of guys get together once a week and they have to bring the biggest idiot they can find to a dinner party. Whoever brings the biggest idiot wins. Thing is, the people who they consider idiots are completely unaware of the contest. This is similiar to college fraternities having an ugly girl contest, where each member has to find the ugliest girl they can, and bring her to the party.
Anyway, Pierre Brochant, played by Thierry Lhermitte, finds what he believes is the all time supreme idiot in Francois Pignon, played by Jacques Villeret. Francois particular specialty is constructing elaborate replicas of famous landmarks out of toothpicks. Pierre, who is a publisher, invites Francois to the dinner under the guise of the possibility of doing a book with regards to his models. Francois meets Pierre at Pierre's apartment, and the comedy ensues. It's not slapsticky comedy, but intelligent fare, as we see a fairly detestable individual, Pierre, get what he deserves back in spades as things just keep going wrong. Francois appears to be a harmless, nebbish sort of fellow, but the more he tries to help his new 'friend' Pierre, the worse things just seem to get.
The pacing was excellent, and the humor right on the mark. Given the popularity of this movie in France, I wouldn't be suprised to see Hollywood attempt to remake this movie, but as we've seen before, so often these remakes tend to lose the charm and originality as American producers and executives decide how best to 'improve' on a movie because they are so in tune with what American audiences like.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "mobby_uk" on October 2, 2003
Format: DVD
From Cocteau and Renoir to Besson and Ozon, French cinema has earned its deserved place as one of the best in the world. The Nouvelle Vague started by a group of film critics, among them were Truffaut and Goddard, who were unhappy by the then state of cinema and wanted a change that they saw was not forthcoming too soon, so they went on and did their own movies and in the process forever changed the way films are directed, written, edited and as equally important analyzed too.
It is the cinema that Hollywood often seeks refuge in when original ideas have dried up,to remake and readapt classic films.
However, unlike in Britain and America,French cinema did not excel in all genres.
Science fiction and horror are almost non existant, and thrillers are few and far between nowadays,while action movies were only given a recent revival by the likes of Besson,(influenced by Hollywood and taking advantage of the new advances in the technology).Instead what French cinema excelled in were the drama/romance and comedy genres. Strangely only the latter remained largely confined to France and the francophone countries,although with actors like Fernandel, Pierre Richard, Bouvril, 'Les Charlots' and the genuis that was Louis De Funes,and directors like Claude Zidi and Gerard Oury, the output was very rich and funny.
Not until Dinner Game that is.
Francis Veber, another brilliant comedy writer/director who was responsible for classic hits (many remade by Hollywood, such as the Toy, the Man with one Red Shoe, and The Fugitives),managed finally with The Dinner Game to take French comedies from the confines of the domestic market and of very few enthusiasts around the globe, to worldwide commercial fame.
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