Film trailer: Is 'Dinner for Schmucks’ Steve Carell’s next hit?

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Hot off the success of Date Night hitting the top spot at the US box office this weekend, Steve Carell stars in the upcoming comedy Dinner for Schmucks, releasing July 23.

In the first trailer released, Carell teams up with Paul Rudd after prior hits together, T he 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman, for this remake of the 1998 French farce, Francis Veber's Le dîner de Cons ( The Dinner Game).

Rudd ( Knocked Up, I Love You Man) plays an executive seeking a promotion, who invites Carell's oddball character as his guest for the boss's monthly "dinner for idiots." Despite his girlfriend's objection to the ethics of the event, he hopes to win points at the gathering by bringing the biggest buffoon.

Slapstick and zany antics ensue with Barry (Carell) dressing mice up in replications of great artworks and Zach Galifianakis ( The Hangover) claiming to exercise mind control, as Rudd plays the straight man. This tale of unlikely friends is directed by Jay Roach ( Meet the Fockers).