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Le Dîner de Cons (1998)

Le dîner de cons (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 15 April 1998 (France)
To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pierre Brochant
... François Pignon
... Juste Leblanc
Daniel Prévost ... Lucien Cheval
... Christine Brochant
... Marlène Sasseur
Benoît Bellal ... Host 1
Jacques Bleu ... Host 3
Philippe Brigaud ... Tanner (boomerang thrower)
Michel Caccia ... Guest 1
Laurent Gendron ... Guest 2
Mykhaël Georges-Schar ... Host 2
Edgar Givry ... Cordier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin ... Boissonade
Daniel Martin ... Messignac
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an avid participant of the game, runs into one problem after another that devilishly compromises his secrets, turning the tables on him and his objective, which diverges as the movie progresses. Firstly, wishing to be certain he has selected a winner, he invited his guest, Mr. Pignon, to meet him at home before setting off; but night of all nights, Pierre has put his back out and it is questionable whether he can manage to get to the dinner. The blundering Mr. Pignon will continually spring forward to help relieve Pierre of his troubles, which have drastically compounded, pointing in the direction of friends, taxes and women, and Pierre's dimwit Pignon accordingly will prove his substance to the end. Written by Plume Dargent

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A feast for the senseless.

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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15 April 1998 (France)  »

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Budget:

FRF 82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$306,283, 23 October 1998

Gross USA:

$4,065,116, 5 December 1999
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Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »

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At the beginning, the train has two locomotives, then with four, then back to two. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
François Pignon: [repeatedly] I'll call her back, everything will work out!
Pierre Brochant: You idiot! What an idiot!
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Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire
Written by Georges Brassens
Performed by Georges Brassens
© 1961 Editions musicales 57
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a great comedy held up by two great actors
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Before this film was released in 1998, it was, originally, a play. This play was performed on stage in 1993 and had a huge success. Francis Weber felt like adapting his play (he was the author) for the screen and he had a good idea. The action takes place in a beautiful Parisian flat. Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) lives there and each week, he and his friends take part in a special dinner: a "dîner de cons". They've got to invite someone silly and the one who has found the best dumb is the winner of the evening. Brochant has chosen François Pignon (Jacques Villeret) and before going to the dinner, Brochant has invited him in his flat. Then, in a few minutes, everything's wrong: his wife's leaving him, he's got a backache, he's got to face his mistress etc.... and Pignon is a bit responsible for this! There are two main types of comic in this film: on one hand the comic comes from the dialogues which are very funny with a lot of successful puns. Moreover they're never vulgar. On the other hand, the comic comes from the situation where Brochant is: not only has he got to face Pignon but he's got to face unexpected events like the arrival of a fiscal inspector (Daniel Prévost). Above all, the film is worth watching for its incredible main actors: Lhermitte who is the perfect hypocrite and Villeret who is full of goodwill and kindness in spite of its idiocy and its naivety (in 1999, he won the Oscar for the best actor in France and he deserved it). Moreover, the other actors are very well used, especially Francis Huster and Daniel Prévost who are both excellent. The only weaknesses of this film are the moment where Prévost comes in Brochant's flat and then the plot is resolved very laboriously. The other moment is when Pignon is calling Mrs Brochant to tell her his real thoughts about her husband: you've got a quite conventional dialogue. Nevertheless, if you want to have a good time, watch this comedy it's worth watching!


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