Dinner for Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks

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Directed by : Jay Roach

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The story of Tim(Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve...more

Dinner for Schmucks Credit & Casting

Steve Carell

Dinner for Schmucks Audience Review

Decent one with few passable laughs

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After bollywood movie Bheja Fry, Tamil movie April Fool, director Jay Roach gives one more re-make of 1998 French masterwork The Dinner Game (Le Diner de Cons) by Francis Veber. This time its called Dinner for Schmucks casting famous duo Paul Rudd (Tim) and Steve Carrel (Barry). After giving two comedy super hits namely Anchorman and 40-year old virgin they pair up again for this one.

Movie kicks off well but loses its ground in between. As we have seen Paul Rudd mostly plays a straight-man so this time again he does the same with Tim. Steve Carrell (Barry) is a dork (not by birth but by situation) and he performed his role perfectly. Tim, who is a rising financial executive, is invited by his boss for a dinner party called Dinner for Schmucks after he proposes an idea of converting mutations into lamps to Swiss millionaire (Martin Mueller) and gets his company into contract with him.

In this dinner for idiots event, all elite invitees compete by getting the most foolish person along so that they get promoted to the 7th floor and earn respect in the eyes of their boss (Fender).Tim personally never liked the idea of earning promotion by embarrassing others but in the urge to get married to his girl friend Julie (Stephanie Szostak), he accepts the invitation and starts scouting for a dorky character. He always thought that Julie says no to his marriage proposal because she thinks hes not good enough but the truth reveals itself at the end.
One day accidently he runs into Barry (Steve Carrel), who is an IRS employee but has a very weird passion of making life-size scenes using dead mice. Tim comes to know about this hobby when Barry shows his diorama of The Last-Supper made with dead mice. At that point of time Tim realizes that his search for dinner partner is finally over.

Although the proposal of this dinner event sounds nasty but Paul Rudd has played his character of a straight-man quite sweetly. Even when he does bad things one will not hate him. On the other hand Barry is man with dumb looks but a good heart. Though, Barry turns Tims life upside down but his intentions were never bad. As movie continues, you will discover how their friendship starts growing and Tim starts respecting Barry for what he is.

Rudd and Carrell pulled-off their characters pretty well. Not just that, rest of the cast supported them beautifully which resulted in the making of a good comedy flick. I will not say its a great movie but a sweet, lovable one having not many but few good funny moments which everyone will enjoy. Fact of the matter is: even after three re-creations the original one stays unmatched.

P.S. Dont leave as soon as you see The End, you will get to see how everyones doing through Barrys eyes and trust me it looks incredible.