Tim (Paul Rudd) is a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry ( Steve Carell), for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.
Rating: 7 out of 10
There’s a decision you can make during the first five minutes of this film. You can decide to be a cynic and tear it apart or you can put on your seat belt, strap in, and just go for the ride.
I chose the latter because “Dinner with Schmucks,” despite some of its crass humor, is a very endearing film with a likable loser played to perfection by the incredibly talented Carell. There are some slow spots for sure, but by the time you get to the dinner in the title all hell breaks loose and it contains the biggest laughs.
I also have to point out another performance by Zach Galifianakis, who is slowly becoming the next comedic genius. He plays Carell’s nemesis and every time he shows up, the film elevates. Between this and “The Hangover,” I am truly looking forward to more of his work because if these are any indication, we may have discovered someone special. Is this film great? No, but it definitely was worth the price of the movie ticket and I had a big smile when I left. I made the right decision during the first five minutes.