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Dinner for Schmucks

Takes one to know one. 

Year: 2010 
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Jay Roach 
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Zach Galifianakis  
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Tim (Rudd) is looking to move up from his mid-level financial executive position and might just have found a way after being invited to his boss’s monthly “dinner for idiots”. All he has to do now is find the biggest idiot to bring as a guest. As luck would have it, he (literally) runs into IRS employee Barry Speck (Carrell) who has a rather odd obsession with mice…

An all star cast of comedy geniuses come together in this re-make of the 1998 French film and play Le Dîner de Cons. Carell and Rudd are a match made in heaven, following on from their previous pairings in Anchorman and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Casting them together again was definitely a good move by Austin Powers director, Jay Roach. Carell’s character is annoying yet lovable; Rudd is the usual nice guy turned bad who repeatedly fails at proposing to his girlfriend and is willing to go to great lengths to get a promotion. But this comedy duo aren’t the only acts to look out for. Some might recognise Zach Galifianakis from the comedy legend that was The Hangover and he doesn’t disappoint in his role as Carell’s boss. Even more pleasing is the cameo role of Swiss businessman and idiot played by Little Britain’s own David Walliams.

The climax of the film, which is of course the dinner itself, is something to hold out for. The level of stupidity will literally have you groaning with laughter, proving that Roach’s Meet the Fockers background has made him the right man for this job. This is a great hit for all comedy lovers out there.

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2010/2011 Spring Term (35mm)