Dinner for Schmucks Reviews
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.
This wasn't bad, for a movie I never set out to watch, I was pleasantly surprised by it. Yes, it's a bit silly, but it has a good cast and just for something easy to watch with a few laughs, I couldn't fault it.
Steve Carell definitely works better in this kind of comedy than trying to pull of romantics leads (i.e. Dan in Real Life) while Paul Rudd is funny, but straight faced enough through this to offset Steve's over the top dork (who is still kind of likeable and sympathetic). Also good was Lucy Punch as Darla and Stephanie Szostak as Julie.
Zach Galifanakis and Jemaine Clement were both total put offs, but as that was their characters, I would say it was a good thing!
I did laughed few times but I expected more from him. He's one of my fave comedy actor.
Barry: I know that you take a magic marker and draw a little face on your penis.
Therman: Is that against the law? I don't think so.
Barry: And you put a little hat on it. And you call it Sammy.
Therman: Nobody is supposed to know that!
Barry: And you sing to it... (sings)
Dinner for Schmucks is responsible for Little Fockers being so bad. If Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Bruno, Meet The Parents/ Fockers) wasn't so busy working on Schmucks, then he would be directing Fockers. It's a Jay Roach directed comedy, so you can't expect the acting to be amazing. Paul Rudd plays the exact same person he is in every role and Steve Carell is downright hilarious. The movie also stars Larry Wilmore (The Office), Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), Zach Galifianakis (Due Date), Stephanie Szostak, Bruce Greenwood, and Ron Livingston. There are also many cameos from comedians at the dinner scene. Honestly, the only reason I'm even mentioning the music, is because it was so bad. For example, when two people are having a heart-heart conversation, they put the most inappropriate music on! I don't know what they were thinking... Character development is something that was left out. Unfortunate, for you Mr. Roach. You aren't supposed to wait till the end to find out what's actually wrong with the character. The first 45 minutes are so painful to watch you might want to sleep through it. When the dinner scene starts, your glad you rented it. It's definitely worth a one time watch!
Its a stupid and very simple movie, but i also find it extremely funny and amusing.
I thought Steve Carrell was a fantasitc weirdo simpleton and he was very funny!
I really liked the cast as well, as i love bruce greenwood.
I thought it was amusing throughout, and although Zach Galifianakis is cringy he is extremely and weirdly amusing,
I think if your want a simple amusing movie, that will just lighten the mood and make you happy then this is a movie to watch!
Director: Jay Roach
Summary: Tim Conrad's (Paul Rudd) boss hosts a dinner party where he invites his friends to bring along the saddest, most pathetic loser they can find. But when the ultimate schmuck (Steve Carell) arrives, his actions somehow turn everyone else into the losers. An adaptation of the French comedy The Dinner Game.
My Thoughts: "A nice little comedy with a good message. I adore Paul Rudd and I think he is really funny, and there is no denying that Steve Carell is a funny man as well. Not as funny as I had thought it would be, but definitely made me smile and laugh out loud a few times. The relationship between Barry and Tim ends up being pretty sweet. Worth the rental."
Nate's Grade: C-