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.

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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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