For those of you familiar with Steve Carell’s comedy, get ready for more of the laughs and awkward moments that you are used to….only maybe a little bit more! Dinner for Schmucks follows aspiring executive Tim, played by Paul Rudd, as he seeks the approval of his bosses in order to move up the corporate ladder. His attempt to do so leads him on a search to find a “socially awkward” person to take to his boss’s hosted dinner to honor the greatest idiot of all. Every employee is responsible to bring their own potential “idiot” and Tim wants to win in order to be promoted further….much to the chagrin of his girlfriend who leaves him over his apparent insensitivity and more. Enter Barry (Steve Carell’s character), and so the awkwardness, laughs, and unforgettable adventure begins! Tim, in search of his promotion, his girlfriend, and his sanity -if you will- finds oddity, calamity, and, yes, some profanity and humanity along the way! Will he get the job? the girl? You’ll have to watch to see!
I’m not exaggerating on the “awkward” part. As a matter of fact, that might be an understatement. The unintentional calamity of the situations that Barry places Tim in definitely cause you to squirm in your seat at times. My friend MeccaDawn and I wanted to almost leave at certain points because the awkwardness and tension in the air were almost unbearable, but funny at the same time. All of the antics of Barry, in classic Carell style, cause you to feel sorry for Tim. While Barry is trying to help Tim out, nothing seems to go right, but once the dinnertime arrives……the laughs really begin!
This movie brought a lot of comedic talent along with it. Paul Rudd and Steve Carell don’t disappoint in the roles they play. But, of course, they are the same types of roles they normally play. The same can be said for Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement (from HBO’s Flight of the Concords), Bruce Greenwood, and others. While this movie is a comedy, it has other underlying stories revolving around friendship, relationships, honesty, and the fact that it pays to help out your fellow man. I find that most comedies still have a hard time in finding the right balance between comedy and drama. This movie is no exception.
While this film made me laugh and smile, it also made me cringe and raise an eyebrow or two! I enjoy Steve Carell’s work. I’m a big fan of NBC’s The Office. But I don’t think I could sit through this movie again….maybe. Certain portions of the movie bore as you wait for the next laugh. Knowing that the dinner was still coming kept me in my seat. You’ll see when you watch it! But, I honestly believe that the awkwardness and weirdness at parts was exactly what the director was trying to achieve. In this sense, they did an excellent job! As a friend of mine put, it has the feel of Jason Biggs and Ben Stiller’s awkwardness, but takes it a little further! Wow, What a time! haha
Entertaining, but not a blockbuster! Dinner for Schmucks will feed your appetite for laughs, but still leave you hungry for more! Come the end of it, you may feel like Paul Rudd does on the picture above! Go ahead, you know you wanna look at it again! 🙂
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!
–The Spider’s Score: 5 out of 10 stars “Dinner for Schmucks”