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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

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Comedy movie

Steve Carell, whose gift for playing dumb yet remaining sympathetic is unparalleled, and the astoundingly likable Paul Rudd make an excellent comedy team inDinner for Schmucks. Tim (Rudd,I Love You, Man) gets invited to take part in a game his boss plays … see full wiki

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Cast: Steve Carell
1 review about Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Amusing at Times, Annoying too. But Carell Fans Might Want to Check it Out...

  • Jun 25, 2011

I love Steve Carell. He's the perfect blend of nice, nasty, geeky-cool. So, of course, Dinner for Schmucks would eventually have to hit my orbit.

The premise held great promise. And the dinner party itself had terrific moments of all out quirk and bizarre. Almost worth the price of the rental. And there was a sweetness that Carrell channeled. His character is inept and intense all rolled into one wacky guy with some serious relational dysfunctions.

Barry (Carell)has quirk...my favorite was his defense mechanism. When being hit (which is actually pretty often throughout the film) he plays dead. Amusing. And one scene with Rudd's character, Tim, was laugh out loud funny as he tried to explain to his girlfriend that he was being the him she didn't know via some snappy dialogue.

Speaking of dialogue, ugh, there's some lameness throughout. The movie relies on adolescent sex humor over cleverness several times. Tim (Rudd) is being stalked by Darla and Barry (Carell) ends up causing that situation to explode. There's an awkward few scenes where Darla is a Tim-hungry woman intent on seducing whomever will get her to Tim. Way too long scene. And then there is Barry's boss who has a certain control over Barry. Another awkward scene with the multi-use of clinical term for a female body part. Finally, a (throw up in my mouth) sexy artist who really, really gets into his work. This film is not kid friendly.

If you absolutely love Carell or the idea of the film give it a Redbox or Netflix go...but don't buy it til you try it.

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June 25, 2011
I liked the original more than this American remake and I did like Carrell's antics even though they can be too much. Nice comment on it not being kid-friendly. Nice review!
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