Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Look, I don’t care what anyone says about this movie.  It is a rollicking good time, and actually had me laughing out loud at parts, which is not a regular occurrence when watching movies, TV shows.  Although, show me a wicked cat falling down video, and tears come from my eyes.  Anyways, back when I worked at Blockbuster, customers complained that Steve Carell’s character was annoying, and all I wanted to do was throttle them and say “YES THAT WAS THE POINT YOU SPOONFED IDIOT!”  Several months later my store was closed, and a few months after that the entire company was out of business.  WHO’S WRONG NOW ASSHATS.

Anyways, the dreamy Paul Rudd stars as Tim Conrad, a stockbroker or something who finally gets his big break at work.  However, to fully get in with the bosses at work, he has to bring an “idiot” to a dinner that his boss (Bruce Greenwood) hosts every month.  Tim’s girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak), is against the idea, and so begins a somewhat sitcom-like premise of mis-communication and misunderstandings and lies and such.  Tim runs into – literally – Barry (Carell) and basically finds his idiot, who unwittingly sets about screwing up Tim’s life for the next two days.

There’s a lot to be said about the heart that Carell puts into his performance, and a lot of that thanks should also go to director Jay Roach.  Oh and of course Rudd, because yeah, he is an asshole character, but c’mon it’s Rudd!  There’s a lot of funny characters and scenes throughout the movie, and if you can’t let go and enjoy yourself to this movie, I don’t know what to tell you.  You’re missing out on some good funny.  Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords is in it!  COME ON.

3.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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