Dinner For Schmucks (12A)
Friday 03 September 2010
Francis Veber's 1998 Le Dîner de Cons was no great shakes, but it looks almost classy next to this atrocious remake.
Paul Rudd plays a corporate analyst who, desperate for promotion, agrees to join in a nasty little game – his boss holds a regular dinner in which employees compete over who can bring along the biggest buffoon. Steve Carell, as a galumphing drone whose hobby is displaying stuffed mice in elaborate tableaux, looks like a dead-cert for the title. The slapstick is gruesomely overemphatic, and one is agonised to watch Carell mug and gurn to such paltry effect. The set-piece finale of humiliation is so confused it's hard to know who's the butt – the "schmucks", the corporates, or the audience. Probably all three.
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