The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons) Reviews

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Dec 03, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 30, 2016

    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. Verdict: A-

    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. Verdict: A-

  • Jul 08, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Mar 07, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • May 15, 2015

    Short, witty and really funny! A favourite of mine which I never get tired of watching :)

    Short, witty and really funny! A favourite of mine which I never get tired of watching :)

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    Daniel D 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

    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

  • Sep 02, 2014

    Pure dumb fun, pun intended.

    Pure dumb fun, pun intended.

  • Jun 05, 2014

    good simple hearted comedy ..

    good simple hearted comedy ..

  • May 10, 2014

    Some laughs, but not nearly enough for a movie that essentially takes place in one room.

    Some laughs, but not nearly enough for a movie that essentially takes place in one room.