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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Steve Carrell is PAINFULLY unfunny
People are so easily amused these days
The Office has to be one of the worst "sitcoms" ever
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Steve Carrell is a riot,,, really cracks me up... http://www.watch-a-movie.org/comedy/watch-dinner-for-schmucks-2010/
Um, no. I am already tired of Steve Carrell. He always plays the same type of character. Zack G is starting to go into over exposure as well. I will see him in DUE DATE, but only because I think Robert Downey Jr is a phenomenal actor with phenomenal talent.
Watching the trailer for this one brought to mind the famous line by Robert in Tropic Thunder. "Never Go Full Retard". I think they have gone well past that here. I will have to pass and pass and pass again !!!!!
Steve Carell is good but he plays the same rolls too.May wait till it comes out on DVD & rent it.
I agree. It is getting old. Where have all the good movies gone. Why are we reduced to these ridiculous movies with mediocre acting??? They are so childish. Steve is great on the Office but PLEASE keep him out of the movie theaters. Thank god for Leo DiCaprio.
On the one hand, I <3 Paul Rudd. Big Time.
On the other hand, Jeff Dunham is in it. Sooo... we'll see.
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