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Thursday, August 5, 2010

DINNER FOR SCMUCKS

By D.E.Levine

Director: Jay Roach
Writer: David Guion and Michael Handelman (screenplay); Francis Veber (film "Le Diner de Cons")
Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zak Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak, Lucy Punch, Bruce Greenwood, David Williams, Ron Livingston, Larry Wilmore, Kristen Schaal et al.
Producers: Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Jay Roach
Executive Producers: Gary Barber, Sacha Baron Cohen, Roger Birnbaum, Jon Poll, Amy Sayres and Francis Veber
Original Music: Theodore Shapiro
Running Time: 114 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy

Another remake, this one is a remake of the French play The Dinner Game by Francis Veber and Veber is an executive producer of the film.

The film is truly funny, with a melancholy feeling to it. Of course, Steve Carell is doing the hard comedy with Paul Rudd playing the straight man, Tim, whose on the verge of having tremendous professional success if he can find the perfect guest (schmuck)to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People.

In reality, the dinner ridicules the offbeat "guests", mocking their talents and presenting an award to the "most extraordinary."

Played by Carell, Barry is a blissfully unaware imbecile who works for the IRS and spends his spare time as an amateur taxidermist making dioramas with dead mice.

Smelling like aftershave and formaldehyde, badly dressed and toupeed, Barry is low key and bumbling but plays well against the other hysterically funny characters.

While all the characters are funny, the center of the film is really the relationship between Barry and Tim.

It's true that some people may be offended by the way the characters are described and played for the humiliation factor but in truth, Carell's Barry is such an appealing innocent that it's difficult to be offended by the film.