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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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