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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 (77) »

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Takes One To Know One.

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Comedy

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

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

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$72,980,108 (USA) (8 October 2010)
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At around 1 hour 2 minutes, Tim tells the Swiss couple the reason Julie couldn't be there was because she broke her 'Distal Phalange'. In 'Friends' where Paul Rudd plays 'Mike', his wife, Pheobe's popular word was 'Phalange' which she used on multiple occasions. See more »

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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 »

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Barry: [Whilst holding a picture of Nelson Mandela] He's friends with Morgan Freeman!
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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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Featured in ES.TV HD: Episode dated 28 September 2010 (2010) See more »

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Dear Laughing Doubters
(2010)
Written by Sondre Lerche & Theodore Shapiro
Performed by Sondre Lerche
Produced by Theodore Shapiro & Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche performs courtesy of Rounder Records
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A strained, misbegotten remake with a few chuckles at best
28 July 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Painfully unfunny. As a fan of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd (not to mention Jermaine Clement and Zak G) and sometimes of director Jay Roach, it's hard to reckon how none of these talented people noticed how strained, mean-spirited and downright ridiculous this comedy is. No one behaves like an actual human being, and Carell's "loser" character is so annoying you're insulted when the script asks us to find him lovable-- you'd rather strangle him. A deeply cynical, formulaic farce without a shred of anything resembling reality. Even the broadest comedy has to be based in some recognizable behavior. It mocks the bad corporate villains for making fun of the fools invited to the party, and does the same thing itself. A few scattered laughs is the best you can hope for. What a waste of talented people. The producers should be spanked.


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