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Dinner for Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Jul 30, 2010
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
114 minutes
BOTTOM LINE

It's laugh out loud funny from beginning to end and Steve Carell puts on one hilarious performance.

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell team up for a hilarious comedy about Tim, an business executive who always puts his job first, and Barry, an unusual artist who creates dioramas from stuffed mice. When Tim's boss invites him to an important dinner in which each person brings an "idiot" guest to make fun of, it would appear that Barry is the perfect choice. Little did he know that getting him to the party would be such a nightmare.

I'm going to tell you right now, if you're not a fan of stupid humor, then Dinner for Schmucks is not the movie for you. This is quite possibly Carell's dumbest role ever. At first you think he's just some weird guy who likes to play with stuffed mice but as the film progresses, you begin to realize that something isn't quite right in his mind. Every word that comes out of his mouth makes you question how he has survived as long as he has in life and it is utterly hilarious. He's oblivious to everything around him and needs constant monitoring; he's like a child who needs his hand held at every moment. Sure, it's all as stupid as can be but you can't help but laugh.

Rudd on the other hand plays the more sensible and intelligent role although he still manages to be funny much of the time. Everything around him seems to be falling apart and it's all due to Barry. His humor is a bit more witty and spread out over the course of the film, unlike Carell who is a constant hose spewing forth joke after joke.

Sharing the spotlight with Carell and Rudd are numerous other comedians. Zach Galifianakis plays a fellow coworker and idiot guest of Barry's. His "special talent" is the ability of mind control. Jermaine Clement of Flight of the Concords fame plays Kieran, an artist and potential love interest of Tim's girlfriend, Julie. It's a role that seems like it was created specifically with Russell Brand in mind. Surprisingly, he isn't one of the honored guests at the dinner.

If you're looking for just a laugh and not something that will give you a headache from thinking too much *cough* Inception *cough* then Dinner for Schmucks is it. It's laugh out loud funny from beginning to end and Steve Carell puts on one hilarious performance.The trailers definitely do not give the film justice so go out and see for yourselves. You won't regret it.

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