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Dinner for Schmucks [Blu-ray]

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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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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

Special Features

The Biggest Schmucks in the World HD
The Men Behind the Mouseterpieces HD
Meet the Winners HD
Schmuck Ups HD
Deleted Scenes HD
Paul and Steve: The Decision HD

Product Details

  • 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, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AXJ9I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dinner for Schmucks [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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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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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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I thought this was a very entertaining comedy that somehow received the most critical reviews that I have ever seen on amazon. I feel that half of the people writing low star reviews for this movie should have been cast as the "schmucks." Some comments about no women in the board room, even though there are, and something about movies these days moving past romances as "eye candy" must have been written by people who have never seen any movies other than the care bear movies. I would love to find a movie made in the past 10 years, if not since the beginning of film, that doesn't focus some sort of part towards "eye candy" as sex sells in this industry, and even that content is not a large portion of this film. If you like Steve Carell then this is worth seeing for sure even though it seems to be a very controversial movie by the reviewers on amazon.
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Dinner for Schmucks generates a real mixed response--people either love it or hate it. I am one of the former. I think this is one of the best comedies ever made.

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.
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