Dinner For Schmucks

Dinner For Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks is one of the best comedies I’ve seen in recent years, possibly since Austin Powers. It’s funny without getting
as crude and disgusting as other recent funny comedies like Borat, Team America, Harold & Kumar, and Super Bad. The characters are likable with their funny flaws, and Steve Carell performs his role better than anything I’ve seen from Adam Sandler, Will Farrell or any of the other current lead comics. Carell plays a not so bright, nerdy amateur taxidermist who makes dioramas featuring stuffed mice. But you like him because he’s very talented at his hobby. Paul Rudd befriends him with an ulterior motive, to invite him to the title dinner to impress his boss – but humiliating him in the process. But even before the dinner, Carell, trying to helpful, creates a series of misunderstandings that mess up Rudd’s relationships. This makes up the bulk of the movie and is very funny, if typical comedic misunderstandings, well staged with good comic timing. SPOILER: But the dinner finally comes and that’s the outstanding part, as we see the schmucks invited really are better people than the snobs who invited them, just ordinary people with some
extraordinary talents — but intensely funny. This is one to watch over again every couple years.

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