Dinner for Schmucks (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't honor its source material -- or its immensely likable leads -- as well as it should, but Dinner for Schmucks offers fitfully nourishing comedy.

Movie Info

Tim, an up-and-coming executive, has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancée, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry - an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas - and quickly realizes he's struck idiot gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions soon sends Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of comic misadventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie (or so Tim thinks) into the arms of another man.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Handelman, David Guion, Andy Borowitz, Ken Daurio, Jon Vitti
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 4, 2011
Box Office: $73.0M
Paramount Studios - Official Site


Steve Carell
as Barry Speck
Paul Rudd
as Tim Conrad
Jemaine Clement
as Kieran Vollard
Bruce Greenwood
as Lance Fender
Larry Wilmore
as Williams
P.J. Byrne
as Davenport
Randall Park
as Henderson
Chris O'Dowd
as Marco, the Blind Sw...
Jeff Dunham
as Lewis the Ventriloqu...
Octavia Spencer
as Madame Nora, the Pe...
Patrick Fischler
as Vincenzo, the Vultu...
Rick Overton
as Chuck, the Beard Ch...
Nicole LaLiberte
as Christina, Bird Gir...
Maria Zyrianova
as Monique, Bird Girl
Scott Weintraub
as Maitre D'
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Critic Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (42)

You know you're in trouble when the best thing in your movie is a bunch of dead rodents.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Dinner For Schmucks seems promising at first but too many plot points feel forced and the humor is too dumb to enjoy.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

The actors have been placed in a story that is not inherently funny, and they do what they can to muscle it, through their not inconsiderable talents, into working. It doesn't, and you can see the sweat.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Don't believe the misleading trailers. There's more to laugh at than they would have you believe.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

The real schmucks are the people responsible for this movie.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The movie suffers by stifling the [Rudd's] natural comic ability and no one comes away from it fully satisfied.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

20/12/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

"Dinner For Schmucks" gives the feeling of an average over-the-top comedy, but it's the exact opposite when following through on this film. Steve Carell plays a very odd character who is always there to make a sad moment funny. While Paul Rudd is being invaded with problem after problem, the movie unravels it's soft heart, before jumping back into it's hilarious comedic style. The jokes fly minute by minute and the characters grow in every scene; However, the film takes too much time to get to the point, and I actually almost forgot about the dinner altogether by the end. Dinner for Schmucks has laughter, heart, and packs a pretty big punch in the acting category, but falls flat on originality. "Dinner for Schmucks" is a pretty funny comedy, but that's it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Huge misfire!!! bad result in my eyes as this film really is terribly disappointing. There is hardly any funny stuff anywhere! unless you count Carell screaming like an infant at times to be funny?. Apart from a few nice lines here and there and one dinner scene with Carell, Rudd and 'Little Britain's' David Williams which is quite amusing but not hilarious that's it really. The plot is pretty thin, the characters are just dull, you just don't really care about any of them, the ending is dumb and childish and Carell's character is actually rather annoying.

Another poor film from Carell who really should stick to TV, I wanted to like this I really did, had high hopes for the 'Dumb n Dumber' type script but alas it falls well short and like the recent 'Grown Ups' is a total wasted opportunity.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Dinner for Schmucks Quotes

Barry: In the words of John Lennon, 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not.'
Tim: The only one.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)
Therman: BARRY. Tell us why your wife left you.
Barry Speck: [mumbles]
Therman: Louder, Barry.
Barry Speck: I lost her clitoris.
Susana: You lost her what?
Barry Speck: I told her it was probably in her purse...
Susana: No, Barry, do you know what a clitoris is?
Barry Speck: I don't know what half the stuff in her purse is.
– Submitted by Kyler C (3 years ago)
Julie: You tell your friend Tim, he can, uhm, you tell him he can kiss my ass.
Barry: Oh, don't have to we have a picture.
– Submitted by Ben C (3 years ago)
Henderson: I have a bunch of singles left from your sisters birthday party....is Cinnamon a family name?
– Submitted by Zoran V (3 years ago)

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