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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 40,594 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 30 July 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 114 min
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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 40,594 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 30 July 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 114 min
  • Filming Location: 102 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, California, USA
  • Gross: $72,980,108(USA)(10 October 2010)
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Stephanie Szostak
  • Original Music By: Theodore Shapiro   
  • Soundtrack: JIG-A-LO
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Dinner | IRS | Idiot | Naivety | Pet Vulture

Writing Credits By:

  • David Guion (screenplay) &
  • Michael Handelman (screenplay)
  • Francis Veber (film "Le Diner de Cons")

Known Trivia

  • When this project was in early development, Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play the lead.
  • After the credits there is a short scene that shows what happened to Fender after the movie.
  • In one of the mice dioramas, a bottle of Dom Perignon is called “Veber”. Francis Veber wrote and directed The Dinner Game, the film which inspired this remake.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Emphasis”.
  • When it was first announced Hollywood was going to remake “The Dinner Game” for American audiences, the idea was to have the lead roles go to Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
  • Jeff Dunham, who plays Lewis the Ventriloquist and his “wife” Debbie, is a popular comedian known for his ventriloquism. Debbie, renamed Diane, went on to appear as part of his act in Dunham’s Identity Crisis Tour in 2010.
  • The movie uses two The Beatles elements. One is the song “Fool on the Hill”, used in the opening and closing song number. The other is a lyric “I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” from John Lennon’s song “Imagine”.

Goofs: Continuity: When Mueller first appears, his eye color is blue like his wife's. However, when he reappears at the dinner party, his eye color changes to brown.

Plot: When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest. Full summary »  »

Story: Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss's monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: Tim (Paul Rudd) is a rising business executive with a nice apartment, gorgeous girlfriend and a Porsche – but desperately wants to make it to a 7th floor office where he works, as those on the 6th floor ‘smell like cabbage’.

He proposes a risky new strategy at a board meeting to Lance Fender (Bruce Greenwood), head of the corporation, to attract the $100m financial portfolio of the Muellers from Switzerland enticing them in through a love of modern art.

His idea is accepted, and he manages to take the lead on the project when Mueller takes a shine to him, yet to really impress the boss he must spring a surprise at the next exclusive, and secret, dinner party Fender organizes at his mansion – he must bring the oddest character with him as a guest to entertain the execs. It’ll be a ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ – his boss’s version of a ‘pig party’.

Tim meets the perfect candidate – Barry (Steve Carell) – when Barry steps out in front of his Porsche while on the way to the local taxidermist with his latest diorama masterpiece. Barry is invited over to Tim’s apartment, and he excitedly agrees as he doesn’t get out too much.

Things soon fall apart for Tim when Barry enters his life. His girlfriend, Julie, leaves him when Barry stops her outside the apartment (thinking she is Darla the mad stalker) and tells her that Tim is sleeping with someone else and what they had was a mistake.

Tim breaks into Kieran the artist’s apartment with Barry, but doesn’t find Julie. Instead he hears that Kieran is planning to make his move now that she is available and bac on the market.

Knowing that Julie will be joining Kieran at his ranch for the weekend, they go to Barry’s IRS office to look over his accounts and find the address of the secret rendezvous, when they meet Barry’s nemesis and boss – Therman (Zach Galifianakis, the funny one from The Hangover) – who has the power to control Barry with his mind. They don’t find the address – and in fact only manage to get Tim audited. Outside the office we find out that Therman is sleeping with Barry’s ex-wife.

Soon enough it’s the lunch date with the Muellers. Tim tells Mueller (David Walliams) and his wife that Julie couldn’t make it because of an injury – until Barry turns up with Darla, pretending to be Julie. Somehow there is talk of marriage, and everyone persuades Tim (who always carries around the ring) to propose to Darla – who accepts, just as Julie walks into the restaurant – and then walks out of his life.

Barry feels responsible, and as they sit in the Porsche while Darla goes mental on the paint job, he swallows his pride and asks for the address from Therman.

At the Ranch Tim apologises to Julie, but Barry overhears the plan about the party and that Tim thinks he is an idiot. Tim leaves alone.

But things are ok as he receives a call later from Mueller, who understands about the lunch date because they have a similar Dinner for Schmucks thing in Switzerland – and that his guest is killing them at the party – Barry has made it to Fender’s Dinner party. Tim joins his friend, where they must compete against a ventriloquist married to his puppet, a woman who can communicate with dead animals, a Beard champion and a Blind Fencer (the guy from the ‘IT Crowd’, who steals the best line in the movie – and in fact any movie I have seen in a long time — Fencer: "I love to paint", Exec: "Really? Are you any good?", Quick reply: "I don’t know").

Barry impresses the crowd with his mice dioramas – until Tim’s rival introduces … Therman!

Therman starts to control Barry with his mind. After a quick pep-talk, Tim convinces Barry that he has the power of ‘brain control’, which beats ‘mind control’ any day. Barry uses his new power on Therman and wins the contest.

Tim feels guilty and announces to ‘the schmucks’ that the execs are just using them, and that they are the real idiots, yadda yadda. The blind Fencer goes crazy, and while attempting to stab people slices off Mueller’s finger and starts a huge fire. Tim and Barry need to escape through the window.

Back at Tim’s place, Tim goes on about how losing Julie was the worst thing to happen to him – little knowing that Julie is standing behind him. She takes him back, and Barry convinces Kieran to leave. Both now out of work, their only comfort is each other – and Barry.

So, through Mice Dioramas and cutaway scenes we’re soon told that Tim and Julie managed to open a modern art museum for the Muellers, Kieran and Barry joined forces to develop their own unique style of art, Barry got together with Darla, Therman wrote a self help book that was only popular in the insane asylum where he was held, Barry organizes a breakfast club for his new "schmuck" friends, and Tim and Julie finally married and honey-mooned in Paris – with Barry hiding under the bed.

After the credits we’re told that Fender’s company went bust, and he was described by Forbes as the biggest loser of all.

(JT – HowDoestheMovieEnd.com)


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Gary Barber known as executive producer
  • Sacha Baron Cohen known as executive producer
  • Roger Birnbaum known as executive producer
  • Laurie MacDonald known as producer
  • Walter F. Parkes known as producer
  • Jon Poll known as executive producer
  • Jay Roach known as producer
  • Amy Sayres known as executive producer
  • Francis Veber known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Steve Carell known as Barry
  • Paul Rudd known as Tim
  • Zach Galifianakis known as Therman
  • Jemaine Clement known as Kieran
  • Stephanie Szostak known as Julie
  • Lucy Punch known as Darla
  • Bruce Greenwood known as Lance Fender
  • David Walliams known as Müeller
  • Ron Livingston known as Caldwell
  • Larry Wilmore known as Williams
  • Kristen Schaal known as Susana
  • P.J. Byrne known as Davenport
  • Andrea Savage known as Robin
  • Nick Kroll known as Josh
  • Randall Park known as Henderson
  • Lucy Davenport known as Birgit
  • Chris O'Dowd known as Marco – Blind Swordsman (as Christopher O'Dowd)
  • Jeff Dunham known as Lewis the Ventriloquist
  • Octavia Spencer known as Madame Nora – Pet Psychic
  • Patrick Fischler known as Vincenzo – Vulture Lover
  • Rick Overton known as Chuck – Beard Champion
  • Eric Winzenried known as Patrick
  • Nicole LaLiberte known as Christina – Bird Girl
  • Maria Zyrianova known as Monique – Bird Girl
  • Blanca Soto known as Catherine
  • Scott Weintraub known as Maitre D'
  • Alex Borstein known as Red Hair Woman (uncredited)
  • Cole Coleman known as Art Dealer In Art Gallery (uncredited)
  • Gatsby Coram known as Mansion Waiter (uncredited)
  • Richard Hochman known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Douglas Huber known as Doug Jacobsen (uncredited)
  • Aaron Michael McElligott known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Hunter James Mckeever known as Boy Running From Vulture (uncredited) (as Hunter Mckeever)
  • Natalie Nastulczykova known as Accident Witness (uncredited)
  • Rachel Paquin known as Mystery Woman (uncredited)
  • Sandra Plazinic known as Groupie (uncredited)
  • Luke Walker known as Analyst (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Allan A. Apone known as makeup department head
  • Elena Arroy known as makeup artist
  • Stephen Bettles known as makeup artist
  • Kimberly Carlson known as additional hair stylist
  • David Danon known as hair stylist
  • Connie Grayson known as contact lens technician
  • Roxane Griffin known as key hair stylist
  • Camille Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Brad Look known as makeup artist
  • Cheri Minns known as makeup artist
  • Peter Tothpal known as hair department head
  • Joy Zapata known as hair stylist
  • Adam Brandy known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Ross Anderson known as painter
  • Greg Aprahamian known as model builder
  • Samantha Avila known as art department assistant
  • David Barrington-Holt known as model builder
  • Joanne Bloomfield known as mouse wigs
  • Lawson Brown known as set dresser and additional on-set dresser
  • Chris Buchinsky known as conceptual illustrator
  • Lorrie Campbell known as set designer
  • Charles Chiodo known as model and props designer/supervisor
  • Edward Chiodo known as model and props designer/supervisor
  • Rachel Chiodo known as miniatures
  • Stephen Chiodo known as model and props designer/supervisor
  • Leslie Coogan known as construction accountant
  • Oliver Dear known as illustrator
  • Colin Dennis known as construction foreman
  • Daren Dochterman known as illustrator
  • James Eustermann known as figure finisher: mousterpieces, dioramas
  • Penelope Franco known as set dec assistant
  • J. Michael Glynn known as assistant property master
  • Amber Haley known as assistant set decorator
  • Anne Marie Hamill known as set dresser/draper
  • Brent Heyning known as model builder
  • Tom Ivanjack known as on-set painter
  • Jane Kilkenny known as model builder
  • Shinhee Kim known as model builder
  • Holiday Landa known as art department coordinator
  • Larry Laurent known as lead painter
  • Sean Mannion known as property master
  • John Markovich known as set dresser
  • John Hammer Maxwell known as on-set dresser
  • Richard A. McCarthy known as plaster supervisor
  • Ralph Mock known as paint supervisor
  • Rick O'Brien known as model builder
  • Greg O'Donohue known as gang boss
  • Joel Prihoda known as leadman
  • Olivia Ramirez known as model builder
  • Jerrold Ridenour known as miniature photography
  • Eugene P. Rizzardi known as model shop supervisor
  • Mireya Romo-Bowen known as mouse wigs
  • Eric Rosenberg known as graphic designer
  • Meaghan Ross known as model builder
  • Terry Scott known as construction coordinator
  • Gregory Sesma known as armature fabricator: mousterpieces, dioramas
  • Debralee Shelby known as armature fabricator: mousterpieces, dioramas
  • Jeff Shewbert known as propmaker
  • Sarah Snyder known as props
  • Erik Soderstrom known as set dresser
  • Anthony Syracuse known as construction co-coordinator
  • Randy Syracuse known as general foreman: re-shoots
  • Sally Thornton known as set designer
  • Joshua Towers known as set dresser
  • Joel Venti known as storyboard artist
  • Ciro Vuoso known as general foreman
  • Gene Warren III known as model builder
  • Nicole Zaks known as set decoration buyer
  • Tony Castagnola known as greens coordinator (uncredited)
  • Holiday Landa known as set decoration coordinator (uncredited)
  • Shane Prigmore known as additional diorama consultant (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Paramount Pictures (presents)
  • DreamWorks SKG (as DreamWorks Pictures) (presents)
  • Spyglass Entertainment (presents)
  • Parkes/MacDonald Productions (as Parkes-MacDonald)
  • Everyman Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Allan Padelford Camera Cars  camera equipment provided by (Insert Car)
  • 24/7 Studio Equipment  condors and lifts
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chef Robért Catering  catering
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Digital Vortechs  Avid HD Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Doggicam Systems  PowerSlide provided by
  • DoggieCam Systems  PowerSlide provided by
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll services
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Playback Technologies  playback supervisor
  • Productions Branded  product placement
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles


  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • Kadokawa Pictures (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2010) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Chiodo Brothers Productions (dioramas, mousterpieces)
  • Legacy Effects (animatronic vulture)
  • Legacy Effects (special animatronic effects)
  • Makeup Effects Laboratories

Visual Effects by:

  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Michael Dillon known as digital intermediate project manager
  • David D. Johnson known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sean Kennedy known as digital artist: Pacific Vision Productions
  • Steve Koch known as digital artist: Pacific Vision Productions

Release Date:

  • Canada 30 July 2010
  • USA 30 July 2010
  • Australia 5 August 2010
  • India 13 August 2010
  • UK 20 August 2010
  • Netherlands 26 August 2010
  • Ireland 3 September 2010
  • Norway 3 September 2010
  • Portugal 9 September 2010
  • Spain 10 September 2010
  • Sweden 10 September 2010
  • Denmark 23 September 2010
  • Germany 23 September 2010
  • Kuwait 23 September 2010
  • Switzerland 23 September 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 24 September 2010
  • Finland 24 September 2010
  • Turkey 24 September 2010
  • Belgium 29 September 2010
  • Iceland 1 October 2010
  • Malaysia 7 October 2010
  • Singapore 7 October 2010
  • Mexico 15 October 2010
  • Switzerland 3 November 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Italy 5 November 2010
  • France 10 November 2010
  • Panama 12 November 2010
  • Hungary 20 January 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 2 February 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 18 February 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 15 March 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. gotku from France
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    1st time i'm writing a review on IMDb, but i had to say how bad is thismovie.

    Im french and the original movie "Le diner de con" was one of thefunniest movies have ever seen. I still can remember the 1st time iseen it in theater 12 years ago. Like all the people in the room ilaugh my ass of. I cry by laughing so hard during all the movie (sorryfor my English). And every time i saw it again on video, the magicstill working

    The only time i laugh in "Dinner for Schmucks" was in the verybeginning when we see the mouses pictures. I thought it was well found, a good idea for the lobby of the "idiot". After that, nothing… Fewsmiles in the first part of the movie but thats all.

    Im a big fan of Steve Carrel but in this movie his character is tooidiot, its too much. The reason why the original movie was that funnyits because its was realistic in a way. Her its just too much and forme it make it loose all the fun. And its like that for all thecharacter and the situation.

    Very hard to go to the end of this movie.. In fact during watching it ihad to check on IMDb to see some reviews to see if i was the only onewho didn't laugh at all. Im surprise to see that many people findingthis one hilarious. May be the fact i see the original movie, knowningthe mecanic of the script. But i try to see this one with a fresh eye.

    Anyway it doesn't work, and this one is the worst movie iv seen thisyear. My English isn't good enough to express what i fell about thismovie but for me its a waste, as i said its my first review her but ihad to warm people. My only advice, watch the original.

    Again, sorry for my English, i just hope you get the the point.

  2. eneyeseekaywhy from Ireland
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    In order to impress his girlfriend, Tim (Paul Rudd) needs to secure apromotion. So he decides to accept his bosses challenge; bring an'idiot' to their annual 'Dinner for Winners'. A competition run bywhite-collar executives and disguised as a celebration of brilliance inunrecognised individuals. In reality, the meal is simply an opportunityfor elitist senior-management types to laugh at some quirky andeccentric members of society. Tim's girlfriend tries to convince himthe whole idea is abhorrent. Just as he is beginning to agree with her,he meets Barry (Steve Carell). An IRS worker, with a passion forcreating art from taxidermied mice, Barry might just be the perfect manto help Tim win the competition.

    The US version of The Office has shown us that Carell can do awkwardbetter than most and Anchorman proved his capabilities of makingstupidity funny. However, his character here is completely unlikeableand, more often than not, irritating. His bowl haircut, glasses andprotruding teeth, evoke bad seventies sitcoms. A time when this lookwould have been a stylists shorthand for 'socially inept'. Paul Rudd,on the other hand, is given little opportunity to make us laugh,playing two-dimensional straight man, Tim. Director Jay Roach'sprevious franchises (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents/Fockers) may nothave been the greatest comedies of the past fifteen years, butdelivered as and when expected. The problems with Dinner for Schmuckslie in the pacing and the writing. With a 114 minute runtime, it issimply too long. Entire characters and subplots are superfluous. Italso suffers badly from second-act-drag, believing that given enoughon-screen time we will somehow empathise with our two leads.

    Producer Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno), seems to have called in anumber of favours from celebrity friends and cast them in everyavailable role. The idea, presumably, is that good performances canboost a weak script into something amusing. Of Course, this is not thecase. Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as avant-garde artiste,Kieran, makes the most of his characters nonsequiturs but only managesto raise a smirk at best. The same cannot be said for David Walliams(Little Britain), whose Swiss, aristocratic character, Mueller, iscompletely redundant in every way. The only worthy gag in almosttwo-hours is provided by Chris O' Dowd (The I.T. Crowd) as a blindswordsman. However having only a handful of lines and appearing twentyminutes before the credits roll, its far too little, far too late.

    Dinner for Schmucks starts with a premise full of comedicopportunities, but spends the next hour and a half ignoring these. Theoriginal, a French film from 1998 entitled The Dinner Game, was asocial satire focusing on the ridiculous measures the aristocracy willgo to amuse themselves. It was full of witty dialogue and, at 80minutes long, it worked. As often happens, Hollywood seems to havemissed the point and delivered a broad and bland remake.

  3. jmleger-830-566354 from DeKalb, IL
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    The French original was a scream, which is why they bought the rights.Instead of subtitling the original, they went for a remake à la sauceaméricaine. Just as in the case of The Vanishing, La Femme Nikita, UnIndien Dans la Ville, Le Grand Chemin and a dozen other films (atleast), the remake is just plain awful. Steve Carell is reprising thelate and much-regretted role played by Jacques Villeret. While thelatter was believable as tax inspector with an interest in buildingstructures out of toothpicks, Carell as a half-looney artistictaxidermist is way over the top. Bollywood made a version which waswatchable, but the Hollywood version is a mess.

  4. Van Roberts (zardoz@bellsouth.net) from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach serves up a less than appetizingrehash of French director Francis Veber's 1998 comic masterpiece "TheDinner Game." "Dinner for Schmucks" casts Paul Rudd cast as thestraight man, while Steve Carell hams it up as a dim-witted idiot. Ruddand Carell have now co-starred in three comedies. Previously, theyappeared together in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Anchorman: TheLegend of Ron Burgundy." No, "Dinner for Schmucks" isn't half ashilarious as either "40-Year-Old Virgin" or "Anchorman." The premise ofthis half-baked hokum is that our hero's arrogant boss throws aonce-a-month dinner party where his best and brightest employeescompete to see who can bring the dumbest dinner guest. Typically, thedinner guests are such incredible imbeciles that they don't realizethat they are being roasted instead of toasted. Essentially, thesecold-blooded bigwigs at a private equity firm that cuts up other firmsand sells off their assets need something for a good laugh.Unfortunately, "Dinner for Schmucks" comes up short on yucks.

    This politically incorrect plate of pabulum concerns an ambitious,young analyst who is prepared to sell his soul to the Philistines so hecan realize his dreams, specifically marrying his girlfriend. Along theway, our hero realizes the error of ridiculing idiots so that he canattain his dreams. Long before he grasps what he has done, the humor in"Dinner for Schmucks" has lost its seasoning. The original Frenchcomedy concluded before the eponymous dinner. "Dinner for Schmucks,"however, goes in for a seven course meal and wears out its welcome.Mind you, it is always a pleasure to watch Carell cutting up, and heseems to be genuinely having fun as an IRS processor and mousetaxidermist who assembles the dead rodents in detailed dioramas.Incidentally, designer Joel Venti and the cult effects Chiodo brothers,Charles, Edward and Stephen , who fashioned the puppets for "TeamAmerica: World Police," whipped up these inventive dioramas. The pointis that Carell steals the show, but the show really isn't worthstealing. When Carell isn't carrying on his shtick, "Dinner forSchmucks" sucks.

    Financial analyst Tim (Paul Rudd of "Sidekicks") has been pestering hiscute girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak of "The Devil Wears Prada") tomarry him, but she is a career girl who orchestrates elaborate artdeals. Meanwhile, Tim lives in an elegant apartment and drives anexpensive sports car that he really cannot afford. After the presidentof Tim's firm, Lance Fender (Bruce Greenwood of "Star Trek"),pink-slips an executive who took the business down the wrong path, Timangles for the promotion. Tim concocts a scheme to bring a fabulouslywealthy Swiss entrepreneur, Mueller (David Walliams of "Stardust"), toFender Finances. Mueller owns a munitions firm with tons of leftoverordinance from World War I, basically bombs, and Tim has figured out away to convert the bombs into lamps. Of course, Fender Finances willtake a bath marketing the bomb lamps, but they will clean up managingMueller's portfolio. Fender is desperately looking for ideas to turnhis company around when Tim pitches his proposal. Initially, Fenderwants to hand the project over to one of his surefire executives, buthe finds Tim's blind ambition so refreshing that he lets him wooMueller. Fender tells our hero about his super-secret party and inviteshim to bring the biggest boob. It doesn't take Julie long to convinceTim that the dinner is a dumb idea. Nevertheless, Tim needs thatpromotion so desperately so he can sweep Julie off her feet that hesets out to find a loser.

    Literally, Tim runs into a loser. Barry (Steve Carell) is picking up adead mouse for his mice diorama when Tim hits him. Fortunately, Barryis none the worse for landing on Tim's hood and then being hurledseveral feet away. Initially, Tim fears the worst when Barry and he tryto reach a monetary agreement, until Tim realizes that Barry plans topay him for the damage to his sports car. After Tim breathes a sigh ofrelief, he asks Barry what he was doing in the middle of the street.Barry shows Tim a dead mouse that he was trying to retrieve from thestreet before our hero could flatten it with his care. Barry flaunts abook that contains photographs of the dead mice after he has dressedthem up to resemble famous paintings, such as Whistler's mother. Timknows a good thing when he sees it and cultivates Barry's friendship.Meantime, after Julie gets wind of what Tim plans to do, she wants tobreak up and devote herself to her latest insane art client, Kieran(Jemaine Clement of "Gentlemen Broncos"), whose art works of himselfdressed up in a satyr costume are selling like crazy. As nutty as Barryis, Barry stands no chance alongside the warped, egotistical genius ofKieran. Predictably, Tim learns his lesson, and Barry and he show upFender for the snobbish ape that he really is. However, before Barrycan win the trophy as the biggest idiot, he must confront hisintimidating IRS co-worker, Therman (Zach Galifianakis of "TheHangover"), another hopeless moron who constantly overshadows Barry.

    Incongruity is the source of the best comedy. The buffoons that SteveCarell, Jemaine Clement, and Zach Galifianakis play in "Dinner forSchmucks" are as funny as this labored comedy gets. What makes theseperformances work so well is that the actors appear to have no idea howridiculous they look. Carell looks like he is channeling the comicactor Austin Pendleton of "My Cousin Vinny" with his spectacles,buck-teeth, and wacky haircut that makes him look particularly nerdy.Jemaine Clement scores points for "Dinner" as an eccentric artistobsessed with all things goat, and Zach Galifianakis never misses achance to make himself look hopelessly cretinous. Despite itsinteresting characters, "Dinner for Schmucks" belongs in a richlydeserved doggie bag, but not as a treat.

  5. hthbrr2 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    What a piece of trash! I watched this movie because I was so desperateto watch a new movie. It was a bad idea! Spoilers after this: Now, thismovie is just TOO crazy! These type of unrealistic movies were spawnedfrom the SNL movies like "A Night at the Roxburry" then came stuff like"Dodgeball" and "Blades of Glory." These movies I listed are GOODbecause there is SOME amount of sanity in them! In ANatR the two mainpeople are crazy the rest of the people are normal. This allows thecrazy people to PLAY OFF the sane ones! It's like yelling in a noisyroom. No one can hear you. It's just noise.

    You must have the normal person for the viewer to relate to andunderstand the story. Dinner for Schmucks is filled with ONLY crazypeople. Just when you think "Well it can't get any crazier than this."It does! I wanted to stop watching the movie halfway it was so bad. Ikept watching to see if sanity would make an appearance! I was souncomfortable throughout the whole movie. It was not funny justdisturbing and gross. These people need to get serious help! The guywho thinks the puppet is his wife is hearing voices in his head. Thewoman who connects to dead animals is having psychotic episodes. Theman with the bird is having an identity crisis. The mouse guy is justreally stupid, and his boss has control issues. These type of moviesmake me lose faith in humanity. NONE of the people try to help thesepeople? No one stands up to the corrupt boss? People should be allowedto be gluttons? All types of sin are in this movie: lust (crazy ex)gluttony (foregin investor) greed (boss) pride (crazy boss) wrath(blind guy) envy (mouse guy) sloth (artist).

    I assume the actors did it for the money.

  6. Floated2
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    Dinner for Schmucks had very misleading trailers. Having not seen theoriginal French version of the film, I didn't really know exactly whatthis film would be based on or how it would be. I saw many trailersshowing the dinner as the main target, yet while watching the film, thewhole dinner is basically just used as a subplot. It gets talked aboutquite a lot throughout the film but once it reaches that point, itseems very dull and predictable. The main plot was basically therelationship with Paul Rudd's character and his girlfriend after SteveCarell's character comes into Rudd's life only to stir up theirrelationship.

    Their were may awkward situations and many unfunny scenes. For most thecharacters were just annoying and unlikable, specifically Stev Carell'scharacter. His character Barry just forced himself threw Tim's lifewithout anything- he cause him to ruined Tim's relationship with hisgirlfriend and almost ruining his job promotion, yet of course at theend it ends with a happy ending. The dinner scene (start around 83min)was quite okay, not funny as it should have been but entertaining inthe least. The mouse art by Carell's character was pretty neat. Overallthough, the film was quite disappointing and I didn't laugh throughoutThe point of the movie is how miserable Tim's life is made by Barry,and audiences will know exactly how he feels.

  7. Tony Heck from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    An account executive (Rudd) discovers the only way for him to get apromotion at his company is to find his own "special person" (Carell)and invite him to a company dinner. If you go off just the main 2 starsalone this is a must rent. This is one of those movies that come outwhere the script alone has a chance of being really funny, but it allcomes down to casting. In this case the casting of every part, even thelittle ones, is what pushes this movie over the top into one of thefunniest movies that has been released in a while. It's hard to imaginewhat the movie would have been like with out Rudd and Carell but I'mguessing not as good. This part seems written for Carell, he plays itperfectly and it is his funniest role since Brick in "Anchorman". Theone downfall of the movie is that it is entirely predictable (mostcomedies are), but it is still a fun ride till the end. It seems likeevery comedy since the "Hangover" promotes itself as "The funniestmovie since the Hangover", this one can actually live up to thatstandard. A definite must watch and I dare you not to laugh. I give ita B+

  8. bwwalton from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    Movie Started at 7pm… by 815 I left my Gf my brother and his Gf to gooutside and relax in the car. Steve Carrol is just plain stupid in thismovie, and really I normally enjoy his humor. However, this one missedthe mark! I really wanted to ask people during the film what they foundfunny. Worst movie I've seen in 5 years! And sadly my last film wasInception. To go from such an excellent film to this one was painful.Save your hard earned dollars and rent one tonight… this one isFUBAR'd.. I felt in some ways they tried to copy getting to the Greekand just really missed the boat. The cast all fit very well except,you've guessed it Steve Carrol. Honestly, if you enjoy his humor as Ihave in the past SKIP THIS MOVIE. I tried to watch the office when Igot home and due to his performance in this film I felt like it changedmy whole view on this gentleman as an actor and comedian. Hope thishelps! Be excellent to each other!!!

  9. octave-3 from Los Angeles
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    Painfully unfunny. As a fan of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd (not tomention Jermaine Clement and Zak G) and sometimes of director JayRoach, it's hard to reckon how none of these talented people noticedhow strained, mean-spirited and downright ridiculous this comedy is. Noone behaves like an actual human being, and Carell's "loser" characteris so annoying you're insulted when the script asks us to find himlovable– you'd rather strangle him. A deeply cynical, formulaic farcewithout a shred of anything resembling reality. Even the broadestcomedy has to be based in some recognizable behavior. It mocks the badcorporate villains for making fun of the fools invited to the party,and does the same thing itself. A few scattered laughs is the best youcan hope for. What a waste of talented people. The producers should bespanked.

  10. inuanimation from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:31 pm

    I'm not really a big fan of Steve Carrell personally, but Despicable Mewas funny and I've heard a few good reviews so I decided to check itout. The concept is fairly funny and could've have been reallyentertaining: Invite a bunch of idiots to dinner, whoever entertainsthe most wins, but that's when it just went wrong: None of thecharacters were even remotely likable. I seriously thought "who thehell would want to deal with any of these people?" throughout most ofthe movie. Tim and Julie who were supposed to be in love reminded me ofa crochity old married couple who hated each other. Julie wasconstantly b*tching at Tim over God knows what throughout the wholemovie and I kept thinking "Can anything make this chick happy? Jesus!"And Tim just sat there and took it like an idiot. Then Barry (Carell)comes in, and seriously, I wanted to punch him in the face throughoutthe whole movie. Nothing he did was funny, remotely clever, or evenclose to being likable or cute. Whatever he did was just annoying andextremely obnoxious. Even the dressed up mice thing didn't come off asfunny because his character was so undeniably unlikeable, it just cameoff as stupid. All in all, you'd have to be a schmuck to waste yourmoney on this movie. Taking a great concept and putting not even closeto likable characters together does NOT equal a good thing.

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