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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

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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.

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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.

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Cast

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 Swordsman
Jeff Dunham
as Lewis the Ventriloquist
Octavia Spencer
as Madame Nora, the Pet Psychic
Patrick Fischler
as Vincenzo, the Vulture Lover
Rick Overton
as Chuck, the Beard Champion
Nicole LaLiberte
as Christina, Bird Girl
Maria Zyrianova
as Monique, Bird Girl
Scott Weintraub
as Maitre D'
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Critic Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (41)

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
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A decent cast wrestle with a crummy script in this loose and creaky Hollywood spin on Le Dîner de Cons...

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Time Out
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The movie has a slew of goofball moments that don't add up to a consistently hilarious outing.

August 2, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

With moments of fitful hilarity, the pairing of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and a talented cast of secondary actors, there's plenty here to keep summer comedy fans satiated, if not entirely satisfied.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Pure, tasteless slapstick silliness with little on its mind beyond cheap yuks.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Dinner for Schmucks may be as broad as the proverbial groaning board, but Rudd and Carell bring out its most toothsome delights.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

20/12/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

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"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

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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
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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