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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

Writers:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Takes One To Know One.

Genres:

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

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,527,839, 1 August 2010

Gross USA:

$73,026,337

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,855,739
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shipped to theaters under the code name "Emphasis". See more »

Goofs

Barry's Vincent Van Gogh mouse has the wrong ear bandaged. See more »

Quotes

Tim: Julie.
Müeller: I thought this was Julie.
Julie: Nope. I'm Julie.
Barry: They are both Julie. Julie and Julie.
Julie: Susana thought you were gonna lose your promotion if I didn't show up today. Look at your. You had a replacement all lined up.
Darla: Yeah.
Tim: No, no, no. This is a huge misunderstanding.
Barry: Let me explain. This is Darla. She's a naughty schoolgirl who cheats on her taxes. I didn't know whether you were gonna come today, so I brought Darla to keep things running smoothly. Very important potential client.
Julie: That clears that...
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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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References Invictus (2009) See more »

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Written by Tony Lechner
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When Steve Carell plays an idiot...
26 July 2011 | by MLDinTNSee all my reviews

you know there's a good chance it's going to be funny. Also Paul Rudd was good too. Rudd plays Tim, a businessman up for a promotion. His boss invites him to a dinner party in which guests bring someone with a special talent that makes them look stupid. The idea is to make fun of them. Reluctantly, Tim agrees to do it even with his disapproving girlfriend, Julie. He literally runs into Barry, played by Carell and Tim soon realizes Barry would be just the one to invite to this dinner. His talent is stuffing dead mice and creating scenes with them.

Problem is Barry shows up the day before the dinner party and Tim just can't get rid of him. Barry creates all these hilarious problems with Julie and inviting over Tim's stalker, Darla. The funniest scene is when Tim meets the swiss couple at the restaurant and Barry shows up to solve the problem of a missing Julie by bringing Darla. That had me LOL. Next funniest part was the mind control by Zack G. over Barry and his wife and the pudding. There's too many funny things to list them all.

FINAL VERDICT: By far this was the funniest comedy I've seen in quite a long time. I highly recommend it.


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