"Dinner For Schmucks" Movie Trailer Review

6/17/2010 Posted by Admin

"Dinner For Schmucks"

Movie Trailer Review

By our guest blogger, Rob Stammitti

Steve Carell recently made it known that he probably wouldn't remain on "The Office" following the upcoming season. It makes sense, really--the quality of the show has been rather sub-par of late (and that's putting it lightly), and after a relatively successful venture with "Date Night," he should be pretty determined to get back into movies.

"Dinner for Schmucks" is the latest comedy starring Carell, and though he hasn't topped "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" or "Little Miss Sunshine," this seems like his best opportunity to do so. The film follows an executive, Tim (Paul Rudd), who invites Carell's character, a loopy IRS employee, Barry, to a dinner that Tim's bosses hold in which they bring together a group of complete morons, feed them, and basically use them as fodder for their cruel humor. Of course, things don't go quite as planned, Tim has second thoughts about humiliating Barry, who he grows to like, etc. Typical farcical stuff.

But it looks pretty great. Carell has made an entire career out of playing the one guy in the room who doesn't realize everyone's laughing at him, not with him, and his character in "Schmucks" seems pretty much to be the culmination of Carell's career. Idiotic but terribly likable. He looks truly hysterical in the role, and when it comes to the straight man, there's none better than Rudd.

The cast has a wide array of great comic talents, though, including Zach Galifianakis and Jemaine Clement.

"Schmucks" probably won't be anything mindblowing, but when it comes to straight comedy, it looks like it'll deliver, big time.

"Dinner for Schmucks" arrives July 30, 2010. Trailer is below. Thoughts?

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  1. Anonymous said...

    I'm not seeing the appeal on this movie at all. I'm more turned off by Steve Carell's appearance than laughing at it. And Paul Rudd is merely typecast again. He doesn't seem to be adding much value to this movie. He looks more like an observer to the craziness, just taking a back seat to it all.

    The movie is a remake of a French dark comedy called The Dinner Game and it looks like they've replaced the dark humor with cheap slapstick.

  2. Hrushi said...

    I think you are right when you say "...and after a relatively successful venture with "Date Night," he should be pretty determined to get back into movies.", Rob. But I didn't understand how "...Schmucks probably won't be anything mindblowing...", well it MIGHT just be mindblowing! :D