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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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Jay Roach

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David Guion (screenplay), Michael Handelman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

Filmed over a period of 55 days when Steve Carell's TV show The Office (2005) was on hiatus. See more »

Goofs

During the mental "fight" between Barry and Therman at the dinner, Therman reaches down and grabs an imaginary "weapon" from the front of Robin's purple dress. When Therman throws this imaginary weapon at Barry and Barry deflects it, Barry is now standing next to Robin, in the same place that Therman threw it from. See more »

Quotes

Barry: In the words of John Lennon, "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not."
Tim: ...the only one.
Barry: The only what?
Tim: No, that's the lyric: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
Barry: Oh, OK Tim.
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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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Dear Laughing Doubters
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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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Steve Carell's Worst Movie-to-date
23 August 2010 | by Nuss826See all my reviews

Let me assure you that Date Night was markedly better than Carell's latest big screen endeavor. The humor in this film is derived mainly from misunderstandings that arise from the idiocy of Carell's character, Barry. Paul Rudd's character, Tim, meets Barry and henceforth nothing that he does goes according to plan. The two continue to find themselves tangled in awkward situations that cause problems for Tim. It may sound similar to the premise of the Meet the Parents franchise but they are world's apart. Even if you disregard the terribly shallow characters (Larry Wilmore's character is literally one of the worst I have ever seen) and plot, you are still left with situations that are based solely upon entirely unbelievable characters. Some of Barry's quirks (such as the fact that he creates scenes with taxidermic mice) are plausible and funny, but the go overboard in many occasions and make his character a total dolt. Many of his actions do not mesh with the rest of what we know about his character and he is taken from tremendously socially awkward to complete and utter idiot, which seemingly contradicts itself. Furthermore, the writer appeared to be torn on whether one should feel sorry for Barry and empathize with him or just find him totally laughable. The dynamic between the two does not work well and makes for a feel good ending that leaves you with a confused and dumbfounded feeling. This is one of the worst comedies I have seen in recent memory and certainly the worst work I have seen from Carell. As he transitions away from The Office, hopefully this is not a sign of things to come from Steve Carell's live action movie projects.


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