Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dinner For Schmucks (2010)

A remake of the French film The Dinner Game about a group of friends who invite the dumbest person they can find to dinner as a competition. I haven't seen the original but it is regarded as one of the best French comedies of all time. Dangerous territory trying to remake comedy in another language and country.

The film stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Rudd is a businessman who has just impressed his boss at work, he has been invited to dinner and asked to bring an interesting person. Carell is the strange man he encounter and then invites. When Carell gets the date of the dinner screwed up, and starts providing relationship assistance, things get out of hand fast.

The comedy is mostly stupid and relies on Carell being an idiot. About 5 minutes worth is all you can handle and it gets annoying fast. Zach Galifianakis plays Carell's boss at the IRS, a role that was taken in a stupid direction and really missed the mark for me. I think we are all starting to see that The Hangover may have been a fluke.

Not sure why I gave this a 6/10, kinda liked it a little, but overall was just worthless.

Vote: 6/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427152/

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