The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons)

1999

The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons)

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Francis Veber wrote and directed this film adaptation (with animated opening credits) of his own play, Le diner de cons, about a competition among a group of friends to see who can find the stupidest person to bring to dinner (as indicated by the original French title, since "con" means someone who's a total dumbbell). The dinners are held each Wednesday night, and French publisher Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) has found a world class nincompoop -- Finance Ministry accountant Francois Pignon (Jacques Villeret) who uses matchsticks to build small-scale replicas of monuments. Things quickly go awry after Pierre wrenches his back at golf. He nevertheless makes an effort to attend the dinner with his prize dunce. Francois arrives at Pierre's luxury apartment, but Pierre is in such pain they never exit the apartment for the dinner. Instead, Pierre is trapped in a situation where Francois' stupidity turns his life into a comic hell. In 1993, Villeret created the role of the dimwit onstage during 600 performances of a 27-month run, and the play also had a 1994 London production. In addition to Veber's Oscar-nominated screenplay adaptation of Jean Poiret's La Cage aux Folles (1978), reworked into The Birdcage (1996), other American comedies originated in French screenplays by Veber -- The Toy (1982), The Man with One Red Shoe- (1985), Three Fugitives (1989), and Fathers' Day (1997). Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons)

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  • Aug 20, 2018
    With the action almost entirely confined to an apartment and centered on unstoppable dialogue from beginning to end, this is a very funny comedy of errors (adapted from Veber's own play) that doesn't try to hide its obvious theatrical origins and yet feels always fresh and dynamic.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    The Dinner Game is really a film for it's direct audience. If the synopsis intrigues you, you'll probably like this sophisticated French film, if it doesn't then you probably won't. Set mainly in one location The Dinner Game plays out more like a play than a film, which gives it a charm of its own. I was expecting a film similar to The Last Supper, but this is fairly different since it actually in depth on the two protagonists. The laugh rate is high enough to keep your attention throughout, with solid word play, and great acting. I will be sure to check out more films from Francis Veber
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    It's not terribly clever nor is it consistently funny throughout its brief 78 run time, but The Dinner Game pulls off some funny moments and has a good performance from Jacques Villeret as a well-intentioned idiot. It isn't likely to stick with you for more than a few days, but as a lightweight foreign comedy, you could do worse than The Dinner Game.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Much better fil than the awful Hollywood remake. Thoroughly enjoyable French comedy.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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