Dinner for Schmucks

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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.

Cast

Paul Rudd
as Tim Conrad
Steve Carell
as Barry Speck
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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All Critics (189) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (111)

  • It follows a familiar plotline with familiar twists, and while Carell and the gang valiantly try to transcend the material, even they can only go so far.

    June 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • When it comes to comedy, there's a fine line between making the audience laugh and just making people uncomfortable. Unfortunately, I felt more of the later in Dinner for Schmucks.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • It's clear that Dinner for Schmucks is going for a Meet the Parents-style typhoon of misery, but the series of misfortunes that befall Tim are more mean than funny and too contrived to be outrageous.

    January 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Dinner For Schmucks seems promising at first but too many plot points feel forced and the humor is too dumb to enjoy.

    November 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 22, 2013 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Will Leitch

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

    September 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Jeff Beck

    Examiner.com
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Audience Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

  • Mar 31, 2012
    It's kind of a good movie, but not one of the best.
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    I did not see this film being the comedy of the year, fortunately the funny parts of this film come nice and swiftly not to mention some of the bumps on the road to the dinner, but it leaves you with a question, with so much talent why is steve carrell put into films that dont exceed his talent?
    Scott G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    Despite being other buddy comedy where one is dumb and the another is a victim and doesn't looks better that the original picture, Dinner for Schmucks it's an agonizing and funny dark comedy, with a charming and very likable cast.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2011
    This movie was great, and had an interesting story... it was hilarious, inspirational and was a very feel good movie, and i liked the ending... It could have been better though some scenes went a little over the top.
    Paul A Super Reviewer

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