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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.
The farcical screenplay is far from the definition of finesse, as it moves in a rather familiar, generic area of comedy and wears its symbolisms on its forehead. Still, it remains pretty enjoyable thanks to the convincing acting and the small duration. Yet the ending is that sort of unbelievably clichéd, shout-at-the-screen-inducing resolution that you'd expect would only appear on the Hollywood remake as a sacrilege to the more sophisticated French original. Well... sophisticated my ass.
Strong, likeable lead characters and an intriguing premise allow Le Dîner De Cons to become a success in not only the French comedic genre, but as a good piece of filmography. It's supported by a snappy runtime and genuine laughs... Without giving in to some good drama as well.
While the film definitely has that "this was definitely based on a play" feeling going on the whole time, what a magnificently funny and delightful play it is. Don't miss it.
This movie is the precursor to bheja fry. Bheja Fry is a scene by scene copy almost. It is quite funny but dialogue based and therefore we lose out in translation. The acting is very good and so is the direction. Definitely must be a classic for French movies but if you don't understand French, stick to Bheja Fry itself.
Short, witty and really funny! A favourite of mine which I never get tired of watching :)
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
Pure dumb fun, pun intended.
good simple hearted comedy ..
Some laughs, but not nearly enough for a movie that essentially takes place in one room.