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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 (79) »


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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 Barry is working on his mice near the end of the film, he takes off his glasses to put on the magnifying "helmet". When he raises the magnifying part, he is wearing his glasses again. See more »


Barry: When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Unless you don't have any water or sugar. And then you just eat the lemons, and the rind will give you diarrhea.
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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 »


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Sonata for Piano No. 17 in B Major (Allegro)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation & Point Classics
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It's silly, it's stupid and it's fun
1 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film shocked me. A new premise of cinema I am not familiar with, and had a very silly, very quirky style of story telling. I have to stick my neck out on this one but I enjoyed it.

I like my comedies, from the classics to the obscure, and this feature manages to slot itself in there somewhere. It's not rip roaringly funny but it makes you smile, makes you giggles and still manages to create a personal attachment to the characters. When they feel bad, we feel bad. When they put themselves through awkward, cringe-worthy situations we cringe along with them and we all end up laughing at the other end.

Stop trying to take this film seriously, it's not trying to be a serious film. It's about a group of idiots being shown of for being idiots by a bunch of corporate idiots. It's silly, fun and worth seeing.

I found the acting was good, little ropey in places but general was to standard, the direction was well thought out, the cinematography was clever and the set design and props (especially the mice) were all manufactured so well and realistically they helped to hold the film together.

This is no Godfather II but it'd no Manos: The hands of Fate either, it's a very silly, very goofy, very fun film to watch with friends, family or on your own. Everyone knows a Schmuck and everyone can relate to this film.

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