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Dinner for Schmucks [DVD] [UK]
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An ambitious executive accepts an invitation from his boss to attend a dinner party where high-powered professionals make fun of unsuspecting dimwits in this remake of Francis Veber's 1998 comedy THE DINNER GAME. Upwardly mobile executive Tim (Paul Rudd) has just landed his company an extremely wealthy Swiss client when his boss, Lance (Bruce Greenwood), invites him to an exclusive, yet unusually mean-spirited dinner party where each of the high-powered executives brings a guest to make fun of. Recognizing that his long-awaited promotion is finally within reach, Tim begins to have second thoughts about participating in the elaborate charade when his longtime girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak), the successful curator at a local art gallery, voices intense disdain for the idea. The following day, Tim is looking for a way out of the dinner when fate throws the perfect guest right in front of his luxury car. Barry (Steve Carell) is a sweet but dim-witted IRS agent with an unusual hobby: he creates elaborate dioramas featuring stuffed mice. His latest project is "The Last Supper," and he's just put the finishing touches on a tiny mouse Jesus to set at the center of the table. Tim knows that Barry is his ticket to a big corner office on the seventh floor, but the closer the party looms, the more he realizes that his bumbling new acquaintance isn't just an idiot, but also is a magnet for chaos.
Steven Carell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak
"[T]he movie benefits from having drawn many gifted comedians to supporting roles..."
"Steve Carell is a comic wonder as the film's No.1 schmuck."
3 stars out of 5 -- "Roach is particularly well suited for this brand of situation comedy and offers up some great moments..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "The genius of this version depends on the performance by Steve Carell, who plays Barry Speck as a man impervious to insult and utterly at peace with himself. He's truly a transcendent idiot."
3 stars out of 4 -- "Rudd is a deft straight man, with subtly humorous moves and deadpan reactions....Carell strikes comic gold as a bucktoothed taxman..."
"SCHMUCKS culminates in an absurd dinner highlighted by the appearance of Zach Galifianakis as Carell's delusional foe."
"It reads a careful boundary between nasty and sweet, balancing the rude humor of humiliation with an affirming, tolerant, almost scolding final message: Be nice!"
New York Times
"DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS keeps it breezy....Rudd and Carell have just the charisma, alertness and dexterity to make DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS work."
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