Rated PG-13 · 114 minutes · 2010

There’s a whole lot of talent in this remake of The Dinner Game, and it goes to waste, for the most part. Paul Rudd (who I couldn’t love more) plays Tim, a business exec who, in order to be promoted, must bring an idiot to a dinner where his bosses make fun of unfortunate people. Tim meets Barry (Steve Carell), a simpleton who likes to stuff dead mice and use them in dioramas; Barry gets invited to the dinner, much to the chagrin of Tim’s boring girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak). The dinner is funny, but it’s at the end of a film that has a few too many dull stretches. It also features an overbearing Jemaine Clement as an artist nobody could possibly like, although he’s a huge success in this film’s universe. Zach Galifianakis shows up as another weirdo, and he gets a few chuckles. Director Jay Roach has created an amazing failure, considering his stellar cast.

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Official Site: www.dinnerforschmucks.com
Director: Jay Roach
Producer: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Jay Roach, Francis Veber, Amy Sayres, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum
Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Stephanie Szostak, Lucy Davenport, Lucy Punch, David Walliams, Zach Galifianakis, Rick Overton, Octavia Spencer, Larry Wilmore, Patrick Fischler and Andrea Savage


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