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Dinner for Schmucks: Not Much of a Meal, but The Flight of the Conchords Guy is Funny!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Dinner for Schmucks 2010David Guion, Michael HandelmanJay RoachSteve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Stephanie SzostakFrancis Veber Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Dinner for Schmucks(2010)
 

“Dinner for Schmucks” is another remake produced by Hollywood, proof that having a DVD player or a vast collection of movies are more important than a screenplay program for writers nowadays. For the American version of French director’s Francis Veber “The Dinner Game,” Steve Carell plays the good natured but social misfit Barry. Barry is invited to a special dinner by Tim (Paul Rudd), who meet each other after Tim accidentally hits Barry with his car. Tim, who looks to move up in his job, is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, but one that challenges his ethics. As for Barry, whose hobby is to make works of art with dead mice, is joyous of the RSVP by his newfound friend, unaware that the dinner he’s about to attend is an aristocratic gathering for the haves to ridicule the follies of some poor outcasts.

Jay Roach helms this comedy after his successful handling of the “Austin Powers," and to a lesser degree, the “Meet the Parents” series. While Roach has balanced slapstick and farce cleverly in the past, somehow “Dinner for Schmucks” is never at peace as either. A more subtle tone would have given this comedy of manners more validity, but it’s almost like Roach and his cast is trapped by silliness, renouncing the idea that good humor doesn’t always have to be goofy. Also, the theme of those who get a rise from the misfortune of others should have been more prominent.

“Dinner for Schmucks” does have some funny scenes, most of them with Jemaine Clement as the overzealous artist Kieran. Clement gives Kieran an overconfidence that covers his lack of self-awareness, and when he’s not in the dinner climax, one wishes he would have been sent an invitation. Paul Rudd, is well, Paul Rudd. As for Steve Carell, he’s decent as the dimwitted hero, with his naïve dialogue delivery funnier than any of his physical geriatrics. Carell is a talented actor, but his movies have been mediocre, and with his decision to leave “The Office” after next season, we hope his choices improve before he considers leaving Dunder Mifflin a schmuck move. The films also stars Zach Galifianakis as Barry's boss/tormentor Therman and the very pretty Stephanie Szostak as Tim's girlfriend Julie.

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Credits:
Directed by: Jay Roach
Written by: David Guion, Michael Handelman
Based on work(s) by: Francis Veber
Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Stephanie Szostak


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