July 30th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
The premise behind Paramount's "Dinner for Schmucks," which involves a businessman bringing a socially inept companion to a company dinner in hopes of winning the “I brought the biggest loser" contest, sounds like it rides the line between clever and tasteless.
Yet plot worries aside, “Dinner” also has Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, who tend to be worth the gamble, and according to one reviewer they may be the movie’s saving grace.
The Washington Post assures moviegoers that, despite the offensive Yiddish word in the film’s title, “this comedy of humiliation…isn’t nearly as off-putting as it might have been,” with “Rudd and Carell bringing out its most toothsome delights.”
But Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum doesn’t agree; if the movie is supposed to be a comedy of losers, Schwarzbaum argued, then don’t offer half-hearted laughs.
“In a rare tonal misfire, director Jay Roach ('Austin Powers,' 'Meet the Parents') delivers a bland, summer-sloppy comedy that never risks actually swimming with schmucks and letting characters bruise themselves on outcroppings of mean fun," Schwarzbaum wrote.
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