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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.

Director:

Jay Roach

Writers:

David Guion (screenplay), Michael Handelman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Barry
Paul Rudd ... Tim
Zach Galifianakis ... Therman
Jemaine Clement ... Kieran
Stephanie Szostak ... Julie
Lucy Punch ... Darla
Bruce Greenwood ... Lance Fender
David Walliams ... Müeller
Ron Livingston ... Caldwell
Larry Wilmore ... Williams
Kristen Schaal ... Susana
P.J. Byrne ... Davenport
Andrea Savage ... Robin
Nick Kroll ... Josh
Randall Park ... Henderson
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

dinner | idiot | irs | diorama | mouse | See All (77) »

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Takes One To Know One.

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Comedy

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dinner See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,527,839, 1 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,026,337

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,855,739
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Williams was considered for the role of Barry Speck. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kieran: Sometimes I'll be working on a piece, and I'll think, "No, this is bullshit." So I will literally rub bull excrement on the piece as a metaphor.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Viacom Media Networks (VH1, Comedy Central, etc.) version makes two notable changes to the brunch scene: 1. Instead of "I'M WET" the napkin reads "I'M HOT." 2. Barry's echo of Müeller's "Join yourself to her, in the name of love" is absent, presumably because Barry could be interpreted as mocking Müeller's accent. See more »

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Jig-A-Lo
Written by Thelonious Carter Jr. (as Thelonious Monk Carter)
Performed by Thelonious Carter Jr.
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Unfortunately Very Underrated!
29 April 2012 | by franciscoraposo72See all my reviews

Let me cut the chase, I do know which movie I'm reviewing, I do give Dinner for Schmucks a 10 out of 10 and I do consider it my 6th favorite movie, let me tell you why. Dinner for Schmucks it's not only a clever, well-acted and hilarious comedy, it's comedy with lots of heart and although it's a bit stupid it's definitely my 6th favorite movie. Jay Roach (The Fockers) did a terrific job with everything. Steve Carell, well, I'll have to write about him on a single paragraph, cause he was just... Paul Rudd was great, he played mature and funny. Zach Galifianakis, well, I'll join him to Steve's paragraph. Sow, Dinner for Schmucks is a terrific movie, it's not for everybody but it is for me, it's a light-hearted hilarious and stupid comedy that I just have re-watched thousands of times and I can't seem to get tired of. The soundtrack by Theodore Shapiro was excellent and gave this movie a certain atmosphere that I just loved 100%, the song "Fool on the Hill" (The Beatles) right at the beginning is genius and along the movie goes on you find many appealing themes and then at the credits you here an amazing song from Theodore, overall, I loved the soundtrack. STORY: Tim (Paul Rudd) has a great job and a great girlfriend and they're both in a great place at life. Tim is about to get a new office and an awesome promotion, but first, he'll have to appear at his boss' dinner that he hosts once a month, that dinner consists on every worker bringing an idiot person and the most idiot person of the dinner will win. Tim was definitely not going, but later, he has second thoughts when he accidentally runs over Barry (Steve Carell), a harmless guy who's work is at IRS and who's hobby is to make sets and pictures with dead mice. MY OPINION: The plot was amazing, it was full of hilarious stuff and fun stuff, I loved it.

Steve Carell was purely fantastic, his glasses, his teeth and his blonde hair, he was just fantastic and he stole me a bit of oxygen if you know what I mean, Steve was extremely hilarious and no one could play his role better than he did, he was funny and idiot but he played a sweet guy that we all wish to meet, he was unforgettable. Zach Galifianakis was truly genius, his orange ... (I think it's worth being seen without knowing) and his hilarious laugh makes his performance be unique and highly unforgettable. The chemistry between Steve and Zach was fantastic and the scene where they both imaginary fight is a movie classic.

Overall, Dinner for Schmucks is my 6th favorite movie without any doubts, it's funny, heart warming, very well-acted, hilarious, entertaining, fun, very well directed, very well written and still, I don't know how is it so much underrated- Highly recommended. Unforgettable comedy. 6th Best Movie of All Time.


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