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Tim is a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry, a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art.
Comedy - This is an often silly comedy that should definitely please fans of
the lead stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Younger adult males are
the target. Suggestive humor makes the film inappropriate for
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 7 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief partial nudity; verbal sexual references. VIOLENCE: Comic hits and falls. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Constant verbal and physical gags, often suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Although it initially seems that Dinner for Schmucks might be headed for a dark comedy zone - some of its early material is off-putting - it eventually settles for middle-of-the-road screwball territory.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The truly goofy comes shrouded in innocence. If a man is trying to be goofy, it's just an act that quickly grows old. But if he lacks the slightest notion of his peculiarity, there's the secret.
USA TodayFull Review Good Dinner for Schmucks is more weirdly silly than hugely funny. There are no hilarious bursts of humor. Instead, it offers consistent, if occasionally cringe-worthy, amusement.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 134 moviegoers:
TEENS:Three-quarters of the males and females LOVED "Dinner for Schmucks." Unfortunately, the remaining reviews range from above average to terrible. So, you're probably going to love this movie, but you may be one of the few who are disappointed.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All the females enjoyed "Dinner for Schmucks" very much. Over half the males gave it the highest rating, but the remaining reviews are very mixed. Fortunately, most enjoyed this movie, at least to some degree.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are nearly the same. Approximately three-quarters enjoyed it very much. However, the remaining reviews are very mixed with some very low reviews.
Tim (Paul Rudd), an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancée, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry (Steve Carell) - an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas - and quickly realizes he's struck idiot gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions soon sends Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of comic misadventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie (or so Tim thinks) into the arms of another man.