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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 July 2010 (USA)
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When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.



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Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss's monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dinner  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,527,839 (USA) (30 July 2010)


$72,980,108 (USA) (8 October 2010)

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Did You Know?


While in Kieran's house, Barry notices a picture of Kieran standing next to Nelson Mandela, and confuses Mandela with Morgan Freeman. Freeman portrayed Nelson Mandela a year before in Invictus (2009). See more »


When Mueller is filled in about the purpose of the dinner, he says that he has a similar event called "Dinner for Unterschlagen". Unterschlagen is a German word for embezzler or a underhanded person. See more »


Barry: In the words of John Lennon, "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not."
Tim: ...the only one.
Barry: The only what?
Tim: No, that's the lyric: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
Barry: Oh, OK Tim.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, A diorama is displayed of a stuffed mouse sitting in a burnt down house, with Barry heard laughing as he reveals that Fender's company has gone bust with Forbes Magazine naming him the "World's Biggest Loser." See more »


The Fool on the Hill
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of Capitol Records LLC
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Played over both the opening and end credits
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28 June 2012 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Dinner for Schmucks is the adaptation of the French movie "Le dinner de Cons" which in itself is an adaptation of the play of the same name. In the original version Pierre Brochant (Thierry L'Hermitte) is a successful editor that takes part in monthly dinners where each host has to invite "a schmuck". On the night where Pierre and his "schmuck are supposed to go to dinner Pierre hurts his back and is unable to attend the dinner, therefore the evening takes a very strange turn of events including his wife's ex-husband an I.R.S inspector and a car accident.

When David Guion and Michael Handelman put there hands on this script not only did they change the whole idea of the movie they also transformed it's meaning, the original version had a deeply ironic tone in which Francois Pignon (Tim) trying to do the right thing makes everything worse whereas in this version everything finishes well.

In the American remake the movie is filled with an insane artist, a crazy ex-girlfriend and a psychic nemesis. The American company responsible for this release turned into ridicule a French classic. The message of hope conveyed in the movie is feeble and not believable in any way.

Overall Big Brother has come in with a big wallet and once again transformed a French masterpiece into a ridiculous feel-good American production.

The only positive note is the act of both Steve Carell and Paul Rudd who despite a shaky scenario manage to pull off a great performance.

To sum-up I highly recommend the original version and advise you to stay away from the American re-make.

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