With the comedy star power in Dinner For Schmucks, youâ€™d expect to be fully satisfied from this meal. Unfortunately Iâ€™m still hungry.
Dinner For Schmucks is based off a French movie that takes a little harsher tone, but delivers the same idea. Tim (Paul Rudd) is a young professional looking to climb the corporate ladder. He is invited to a dinner hosted by his boss. The point of the dinner is for the co-workers to impress their boss by bringing the dumbest person they can find.
Barry (Steve Carell) is a losery, annoying, mouse taxidermist literally falls into Timâ€™s lap and his desire to advance his career trumps his morals. Timâ€™s girlfriend plays his moral signpost, scolding Tim for taking part. It was a very convenient point of view, but I could of just as easily seen her taking his side.
Barry is nothing less than a karmic train wreck in Timâ€™s life, but it allows Tim to see the world from Barryâ€™s point of view.
It seems to me that Paul Rudd canâ€™t appear in anything but bromance comedies these days. Heâ€™s always been an actor Iâ€™ve felt is good in small doses. This dinner was too much.
The story also lags as it gets into a lot of â€śhow dumb can Barry be?â€ť He creates a small taxidermy world with mice representing people having the good times he had with his wife, before she left him. That was kind of just sad. In another too-dumb instance, a girl romances and advances on Barry by suggesting she eat food off of her body. Barry declines and says â€śIâ€™m sure thereâ€™s a plate around here.â€ś Funny, but the same joke over and over was tiring.
I really wish there was something more to come from this movie other than a bit of a letdown. Thereâ€™s some great talent, but I guess even a great chef makes a boring meal some of the time.