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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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dinner | idiot | irs | diorama | mouse | See All (78) »


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lead roles were originally intended for Steve Martin and Bill Murray. See more »


When Mueller first appears, his eye color is blue like his wife's. However, when he reappears at the dinner party, his eye color changes to brown. See more »


Darla: I'm a naughty schoolgirl!
Barry: You look a little old to be a schoolgirl.
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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 »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Every Man's Dream (2015) See more »


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Written by Gino Paoli
Performed by Monica Mancini
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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just childish and painful to watch.
31 December 2010 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

i really can't believe the amount of people who enjoy this movie. i saw it to relax before the new year eve's craziness, i wanted to see something funny and i thought: "paul rudd, steve carell, some guys from the daily show, it must be funny"... but well, i knew that i was wrong as soon as the first carell scene, that was just annoying... i have to recognize that i'm not a carell fan, even liking the office, i find that his humor in movies is too childish, disneysh, and in this one is so painful to watch, and is all because the obnoxious character that carell plays and the childish humor that creates.

besides, the combo of rational guy vs. dumb guy, classic humorous dynamic, in this movie doesn't work, because the idiot is too annoying and unlikable so when the normal guy don't kill him it just looks forced.

for the other hand, there's a couple of good characters. keiran, who is a completely unoriginal stereotype of an artist, but the guy was funny, so was the blind guy at the end... and that's all. nothing more works in this bad written piece of junk... and i can assure you all that i really wanted to like this, i wanted to spend a good afternoon with a funny movie, but is just impossible to laugh at this painful experience, i have to ask for forgiveness of my brother, whom i invited. it was terrible!... and very insulting, is like trying to make an adult laugh by shaking some car keys in front of his face... awful.

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