BANG Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks

Rotten Tomatoes is not so hot on the new film Dinner for Schmucks. Skye and I went to see it anyway. Here are thirteen thoughts about it.

  1. Adaptation of 1998 French film “Le dîner des cons”, ergo pretty zany.
  2. I do not recall anyone in the film actually using the word schmuck.
  3. There were lines that made me chuckle aloud (note: I was in a good mood… watching an uninterrupted movie w/ friend + popcorn. That helps).
  4. There were also lines (and whole scenes) that made me roll my eyes.
  5. There were actually a couple moments that I would venture to call poignant (remember: good mood!).
  6. Paul Rudd = cute and mostly endearing.
  7. Steve Carell = annoying and sorta funny. (As the character dictates.)
  8. P. R.’s girlfriend = adorable cross between Audrey Tautou (Amélie) and Morena Baccarin (Firefly) = refreshing change from the typical girlfriend.
  9. Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as nympho artist = hands-down best character. Pretty sure he improvised most of his lines.
  10. That Therman character = gotta be a nod to Office Space… where did they find a guy with such a strange combination of dweebiness and eeriness??
  11. That Darla character = horrifying.
  12. The actual Dinner = extraordinary gathering indeed! Guy with Vulture and Lady Who Channels Dead Animals = really quite something. Blind Swordsman = not as entertaining.
  13. Steve Carell’s Mousterpieces and Dioramas = worth the price of the ticket right there. Somebody actually made all of those. It’s crazy, dudes.

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To sum up: Surpassed my (very low) expectations. But probably wait for it to come out on video. Or longer.

P.S. Sorry, Papa – Baby Bits next time, I promise!


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