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Dinner For Schmucks

Dinner For Schmucks (2010) – Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity, and language.

I had no idea that this was a remake.  And now that I’ve seen the American version, I really want to see the French version to see which is funnier.  This is your typical goofball comedy with a hero who has a heart of gold.  And of course, he doesn’t realize this until the end of the movie.  We also have our goofball who doesn’t know he’s a goofball until our hero tells him so.  I know what some of you are thinking: oh wow, how unoriginal.  But let me tell you this, with Paul Rudd as our hero and Steve Carell as our goofball, they seem to make it work out nicely.  Rudd’s deadpan sardonicism and Carell’s oblivious innocence make for big laughs.

You know the story from the trailers.  In order for Rudd to get his promotion at work, he must invite an idiot to his boss’s monthly “dinner for winners” and hope that his loser wins the trophy for biggest dork.  There are a lot of side stories that do nothing to drive the plot forward, but when we finally get to this dinner, the laughs are worth the wait.  I can’t even begin to describe the idiots that have been invited to this dinner for fear of ruining some of the best jokes and biggest laughs.  And Carell’s “mouse-terpieces” are as adorably cute as they are grossly hilarious.

By the end of the film, you realize that the biggest schmucks of all are the colleagues who invite these people to this twisted dinner.  Rudd’s character realizes that Carell’s character is actually a great friend and makes right of the situation.  And we’re glad he does, because Carell’s character is so oblivious of his dorkiness and is so innocent that you sometimes feel bad for laughing at him.  And you know what, if I didn’t know that they were dead mice in his mouse-terpieces, I would love to own one because they are so adorable!  Make sure to stay after the credits for a little scene at the end.  Filmtastic review = 3 1/2 stars.

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