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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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Francis Veber

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Francis Veber

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Lhermitte ... Pierre Brochant
Jacques Villeret ... François Pignon
Francis Huster ... Juste Leblanc
Daniel Prévost ... Lucien Cheval
Alexandra Vandernoot ... Christine Brochant
Catherine Frot ... Marlène Sasseur
Benoît Bellal Benoît Bellal ... Host 1
Jacques Bleu Jacques Bleu ... Host 3
Philippe Brigaud Philippe Brigaud ... Tanner (boomerang thrower)
Michel Caccia Michel Caccia ... Guest 1
Laurent Gendron Laurent Gendron ... Guest 2
Mykhaël Georges-Schar Mykhaël Georges-Schar ... Host 2
Edgar Givry Edgar Givry ... Cordier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin Pierre-Arnaud Juin ... Boissonade
Daniel Martin Daniel Martin ... Messignac
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A feast for the senseless.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 April 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Dîner de Cons See more »

Filming Locations:

Evecquemont, Yvelines, France See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gérard Depardieu was considered for the role of Pierre Brochant. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Christine Brochant: Are you the one who was supposed to be dining with him tonight?
François Pignon: Yes, how did you know? Did he talk about me?
Christine Brochant: Yes, but even without that, I would have recognized you.
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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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I do not Recall Last Time I Have Laughed This Way
7 October 2005 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The wealthy editor Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhemitte) and his friends have a competition: every Wednesday, each one of them invites the dumbest jackass he can find for a dinner, where each one of the guests is invited to talk about himself as much as possible. Later, after the guests say goodbye, the group of friends makes fun and elects the more stupid and imbecile guest. Pierre invites François Pignon (Jacques Villeret), a man that works in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and makes "maquettes" of matches to forget his beloved wife, who had went away with a friend of him two years ago, for the dinner. However, a tough pain in one vertebra of his spinal column does not allow Pierre to meet his friends for the game and he stays alone with solicitous, but clumsy and stupid François in his apartment. Every attempt of François helping Pierre goes wrong, becoming the night of Pierre a terrible nightmare.

"Le Diner de Cons" is a witty theatrical movie, practically set in the room of an apartment. However, on the contrary of what a reader may think, it is one of the best comedies I have ever seen, and I do not recall the last time I have laughed this way. The work of Jacques Villeret as an authentic jackass, with a stupid grin and trying to help Pierre, is amazing. The dialogs and situations are very intelligent and hilarious. I highly recommend this film, awarded with three "César" and two "Lumiere Award", for one of those days when the viewer is upset or stressed, for a perfect relaxation. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Jantar dos Malas" ("The Dinner of the Jackasses")


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