Film: Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Directed By: Jay Roach
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Stéphanie Szostak, Lucy Punch, and Bruce Greenwood
Key Details: Tim needs to find a person for a work party. This party requires a person with a unique skill or ability luckily Tim runs into Barry with his car and this is where an unlikely friendship full of ups and downs begins.
Ratings: IMDB:5.9/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 41% Metacritic: 56% Google: 84%
My Rating: 4 of 5 thumbs up
Summary in a Tweet: Man looking for promotion runs into a mouse artist and invites him to an unusual dinner for talented people. The man struggles with girlfriend over the ethics of said dinner while battling with uncertainty in their relationship and her relationship with her unique boss.
Simple Overview: Tim is a man on a mission to climb the corporate ladder of success and has an idea on how to make that happen. After an ambitious pitch to the team, he’s invited to bring a friend along to “dinner for winners” an event designed to add a little humor to the serious table of business.
After telling his girlfriend he won’t be attending due to their differences of opinion Tim finds himself running into Barry, an employee of the IRS who creates works of art with taxidermied mice. Tim and Barry start their friendship off with a bump and proceed to continue down the bumpy slope of a new friendship. As they learn about each other things somehow get worse until at just the right time Barry elaborates about the uniqueness each of the dinner guests has and Tim reminds Barry of the power he has over his demons.
Dinner for Schmucks will have you uncomfortable in awkward situations and laughing uncomfortably at others. Paul Rudd and Steve Carell lead out on a wild adventure of friendship supported by a strong cast that allow for Rudd and Carell to shine. Don’t be late to dinner after watching this tragically beautiful comedy that empowers you to remember it’s ok to mourn but even better to have friends who will pick you up in the end.
Have I watched this before?: Yes, my wife and I enjoy a mindless comedy from time to time and this one has it all plus a little heart on the side.
What Could Have Been Better: This is a dumb comedy with a few plot holes throughout the film. My feedback would be for Carell on showing a little less west coast Michael Scott in this film.
What I loved: Paul Rudd has been a fun actor to watch for a long time. Seeing him in Dinner for Schmucks is no different. I loved the dialogue in this film, it made for a fun feel and I felt there was no dead time that didn’t need to be here. I thought the awkwardness of Jemaine Clement was welcome in this film and added a different level of comedy in this American film. While I may not have loved seeing Michel Scott appearing in this film I enjoyed Carrel’s ability to carry the tragedy of Barry so well. He brought forth relatable sadness and a welcome look at life that I’ve needed during recent times being stuck in the house and struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic at hand. Overall /I felt the film was a disaster that made us laugh and can be a welcome repeat film to watch in the years to come.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a dumb comedy with some good laugh’s this is it. If not, this might not be the film for you. Remember this is a 2010’s comedy and a few things are out of taste and date but that doesn’t make the film any less funny. Dinner for Schmucks should be on your watchlist as there is laughter to be had in this film. Be prepared for the presence of taxidermied mice in this film, they add a lot of value to the film.
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