Dinner for Schmucks [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 concept of the film, based on the French film "The Dinner Game," is that a group of snooty LA financiers each find a fool and invite him or her to a dinner which is a contest to see which which fool is most entertaining. The fools, of course, do not realize they are being made the subject of ridicule. Thus, the plot is predicated on this cruel joke.
I think many viewers, the ones who dislike "Dinner for Schmucks," cannot get past this element. All they see is simpletons being abused and they and their self-righteousness become so outraged they cannot understand the film any better than that. Without getting into the psychology of people who take ritualistic umbrage at such things, all I can say is such people end up completely missing the point.
Although superficially "Dinner for Schmucks" is about the dinner game, it is really about the hero Tim, and how he learns transcend his shallow life as a financial analyst and appreciate the deeper meaning in life by knowing Barry, the idiot savant, he befriends as his contestant in the game. Barry's unintentional perceptiveness is like that of the fool of King Lear, awakening Barry to his own blindness. He gradually realizes that Barry's brilliant devotion to his mouse-taxidermy "mousterpieces" and their inspiration from Barry's loneliness and lost love, yet perpetual optimism, is something far beyond what he has in his own, seemingly ideal, life. By eventually coming to see Barry's pure and honest heart, Tim learns to recognize the callous and mean-spirited nature of his colleagues and his own former self, and to give it up for something better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The jokes just fall really flat. There were only a few laugh out loud moments, but nothing special. Mostly the characters are just annoying and the plot is ridiculous.Published 2 days ago by jmm28
Love this movie. I wish I would have purchased it instead of renting.Published 19 days ago by T. Kuzniar
Dinner For Schmucks
Let me begin by saying that there are some truly laugh out loud moments in this movie. The people in the theater-including your reviewer-did just that. Read more
My review is not based on the whole movie.
I could not sit through the whole movie. It was too painful and boring to continue watching. .
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