The Only Schmucks At This Dinner Are The Filmmakers: A Dinner for Schmucks Review
Film Rating ⭐
Released by Paramount Picutres
Release Date July 30th, 2010
Starring: Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell,
Written by David Guion and Michael Handelman
Directed by Jay Roach
Rated PG-13 (sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language)
The movie stars Paul Rudd, who is usually very funny, as a financial analyst who wants to get a promotion. Before he can have his promotion he must attend a dinner called The Dinner for Winners, where each of the big moneymakers has to bring an idiot for the other big moneymakers to make fun of. The one voted the biggest idiot gets a trophy.
I don't know where to start with my hatred for this movie. The first mistake that the filmmakers make is making the Carrell character really dumb. He isn't Forrest Gump dumb, but he is pretty close. All of the funny sitcom style situations happen because of the stupid things that Carrell does.
Of course the big attraction to this movie is the dinner itself and I can tell you now it is very disappointing. None of the so called "idiots" here are really that dumb. Maybe the guy thinks he possesses mind control is, but the rest of them are just weird. There is a ventriloquist, played the always unfunny Jeff Dunham, who has married his puppet. There is a blind french guy who thinks he is Blind Fury. There is a guy with a hawk and so on and so on.
I know that this is one of those movies where the hero grows a heart and finds respect for someone he feels is beneath him, but none of these characters are likable. Everyone in this movie is one of two extremes: either they are assholes or they are "idiots". There is no in between. The movie offers no laughs whatsoever and I only chuckled a few times. I would have had a better time watching a reality show, which I hate as well.