Movie Details

Dinner For Schmucks

An extraordinarily stupid man possesses the ability to ruin the life of anyone who spends more than a few minutes in his company.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 7 Oct 2010
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Director: Jay Roach
Format: NA


Writer: Sophia Ling

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: "Meet The Parents”, “The Hangover”, “Knocked Up”

It seems we have another buddy movie on the menu. This time, director Jay Roach (from "Meet The Parents" fame) serves up a remake of the French classic "Le Diner de Cons" with some of Hollywood's upcoming comedy talents.

Tim Conrad (Paul Rudd) is vying for a promotion to the 7th floor but before he can get there, he must attend a dinner party hosted by his boss. The catch? Tim has to find a "person of extraordinary talent" (a.k.a schmuck) and present him at the dinner for the amusement of the guests. He then bumps into Barry (Steve Carell) who happens to be the perfect 'schmuck' for the dinner party!

"Dinner For Schmucks" is a reminiscence of the earlier Ben Stiller films such as "There's Something About Mary" and "Meet The Parents". The substitution of an aging Ben Stiller with Paul Rudd was refreshing and Steve Carell as always, delivers a brilliant comedic performance. It is ultimately Carell's portrayal of a "person of extraordinary talent" that prevents the film from flat-lining. Zach Galifianakis was equally good as Barry's enemy Therman Munch, whereas David Walliams from "Little Britain" fame appears as a Swiss businessman.

Director Jay Roach has brought us iconic titles such as "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" and he employs the same approach in "Dinner for Schmucks". It's fast paced, filled with fun characters in awkward situations. The build-up and the punch lines could've been better though but in the end, it still manages to serve up a barrel of laughter. The plot might be a bit shaky, but luckily it was the cast that held everything together to deliver a decent film that is easily understood and enjoyable. Trust Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis (notable for his performance in "The Hangover") to excel at the overly-slapstick approach of the script.

In the end, "Dinner For Schmucks" is more like an afternoon snack. It's satisfying for the moment but will leave audiences hungry for more barrels of fun and laughter.

Cinema Online, 01 October 2010
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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