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3rd September 2010

Summary:

Steve Carell stars in an off-the-wall comedy about a guy you definitely don't want to come to dinner!

Up-and-coming executive Tim (Paul Rudd) is hoping for a big promotion, but first he has to pass a cruel and unusual test. Every month his boss (Bruce Greenwood) hosts a 'dinner for idiots', where he and his cronies each invite an unsuspecting patsy for the sole purpose of making fun of them. Horrified, Tim's fiancee Julie (Stephanie Szostak) convinces him to skip the dinner, but that's before Tim bumps into Barry (Steve Carell). A nerdish tax office worker who devotes his spare time to building elaborate dioramas featuring stuffed mice, Barry is the Holy Grail of idiots. Unable to resist, Tim invites Barry to the dinner, but things don't work out quite as planned. Likeable Barry turns out to be a walking disaster area, and his blundering good intentions soon send Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of crazy comic misadventures.

Review:

I've heard it been said that comedy is just non sequiturs. Clearly, that's all the writers of "Dinner for Schmucks" think about comedy as well.

The movie appears to have been made for the sole purpose of laughing at one-liners and non sequiturs. And yes, I did laugh, but where was the wit, or smart humour, or multi-layered jokes? I was expecting more, but they didn't give me more. Well, let me rephrase that, I was expecting more intelligence to the comedy, but all they gave me that was extra was a romantic comedy story-line. With great leads like Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, they could have, and should have, gone more off-road.

If you're just looking for a mindless comedy, then "Dinner for Schmucks" certainly fits the bill. As far as mindless comedies go, it's actually a pretty decent one. It is funny and you will laugh, a lot. I was just hoping that it was time that comedies would go further and give us more.