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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

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

There was debate over the use of the word "schmucks" in the title. Some felt that another Yiddish word "schmiels" would be more appropriate. See more »

Goofs

When Mueller is filled in about the purpose of the dinner, he says that he has a similar event called "Dinner for Unterschlagen". Unterschlagen is a German word for embezzler or a underhanded person. See more »

Quotes

Barry: I know everything! I have laid eggs... *inside of your brain*!
Therman: Get them out of my head!
Barry: You are no longer in control of me! I control you,and you are under my power!
[whispering]
Barry: I know everything. And I release you!
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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 »


Soundtracks

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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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
14 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

A predictably loud and crass American interpretation of a mini-classic from France. This film is full of comedic actors, unintentionally following the plot of the film. The film sees businessmen bring idiots to dinner, trying to one-up each other. The film itself has a bunch of comedic actors, trying to be as over-the-top as possible, in an attempt to one-up each other. These shenanigans are distracting and sometimes shameful. As Carell and Galifianakis shoot mind bullets at each other, no one is having as much fun as them. Rudd tries to play it likable, while Carell is too stupid to care about. The original had me switching allegiances between a genuinely horrible guy and a doofus. Adding the actual dinner to the film just leads to a predictable message and a painful running time. It's nice to see so many comedians from New Zealand, the UK, and America, but no one has enough to do. The original was subtle, witty, and clever. This is a loud and obnoxious ego inflation.


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