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The Dinner Game (1998)

Le dîner de cons (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 15 April 1998 (France)
To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an ... See full summary »

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Jacques Villeret ...
Francis Huster ...
Juste Leblanc
Daniel Prévost ...
Lucien Cheval
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Christine Brochant
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Marlène Sasseur
Benoît Bellal ...
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Jacques Bleu ...
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Philippe Brigaud ...
Tanner (boomerang thrower)
Michel Caccia ...
Guest 1
Laurent Gendron ...
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Mykhaël Georges-Schar ...
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Edgar Givry ...
Cordier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin ...
Boissonade
Daniel Martin ...
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an avid participant of the game, runs into one problem after another that devilishly compromises his secrets, turning the tables on him and his objective, which diverges as the movie progresses. Firstly, wishing to be certain he has selected a winner, he invited his guest, Mr. Pignon, to meet him at home before setting off; but night of all nights, Pierre has put his back out and it is questionable whether he can manage to get to the dinner. The blundering Mr. Pignon will continually spring forward to help relieve Pierre of his troubles, which have drastically compounded, pointing in the direction of friends, taxes and women, and Pierre's dimwit Pignon accordingly will prove his substance to the end. Written by Plume Dargent

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A feast for the senseless.

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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15 April 1998 (France)  »

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Budget:

FRF 82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$306,283 (USA) (23 October 1998)

Gross:

$4,065,116 (USA) (3 December 1999)
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Trivia

Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, the train has two locomotives, then with four, then back to two. See more »

Quotes

François Pignon: Do you sleep with all your editors?
Pierre Brochant: None of your damn business!
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Referenced in Le placard (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire
Written by Georges Brassens
Performed by Georges Brassens
© 1961 Editions musicales 57
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Guess Who Is Coming For Dinner
16 November 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

A group of well-to-do snobbish and obnoxious professionals have dinner parties every Wednesday to which each of them is required to bring an "idiot" as a guest. The victims have no idea that they are invited merely to be humiliated and their boorish "sponsors" compare their notes later to determine whose "idiot" was the best. Pierre Brochant( Thierry Lhermitte), the smug publisher thinks that he's got a winner in the tax accountant François Pignon (Jacques Villeret, sadly passed away in January 2005 - great French Comedian whose performance in "Robert and Robert" I enjoyed very much) who reproduces the famous landmarks with the matchsticks and would talk about them with never ending enthusiasm. Unfortunately for Pierre (but fortunately for us, the viewers) he throws his back just before the dinner and has to rely to Pignon's sincere generosity. The tables are turned and look who is an idiot after all...

With the modest running time of 80 minutes, the "Dinner Game" is a delightful and very funny comedy. I would not expect anything else from Francis Veber, the director of Le Jouet, (1976) aka The Toy , La Chèvre, (1981) aka Knock On Wood, Les Compères, (1983) ... aka ComDads, and Les Fugitifs, (1986) and the writer for Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire, (1972) ... aka The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe.


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