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Dinner For Schmucks

pg13-comedy-movies-dinner-for-schmucks-movie-posterDinner for Schmucks is a movie for schmucks. No I’m just kidding, it’s pretty funny, as long as you like Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis.

An unlikely duo, chosen to bring the Ring to Mordor

The main characters in “Dinner for Schmucks” is Paul Rudd as “Timothy Conrad”, a young financial executive trying to move up in the ranks of his company. He’s making all the right moves, impressing all the right people and getting all the right clients. This does not go unnoticed by his boss Lance (Bruce Greenwood), who invites him to a dinner for schmucks- basically, each invitee brings along someone really weird that they all make fun of without them catching on.

Anyways, Timothy’s girlfriend is not to hot on the idea, and he is faced with a dilemma: does he go to the dinner to try to move up in the ranks, or not go and have a better chance of living happily ever after with his girlfriend? So why is this one of the best comedies of 2010? Well, things get a little wonky as we add some more characters…

Steve Carell as “Barry Speck”: Carell is a strange, awkward kind of guy. I love him, but the roles he has played have cemented him in my mind as a person out of touch with reality. This is why I was so happy to see him in this film- he’s one of the weirdest, strangest characters yet, who always seems to fuck up whenever he tries to do good. This is the guy that Timothy stumbles on as he is trapped in his dilemma of wondering if he should bring a “schmuck” to this dinner event.

Isn’t she just bootiful? How purdy!

Stephanie Szostak as “Julie”: that’s TImothy’s girlfriend… she is alright I guess, I mean she’s really pretty I guess… and she has a really hot accent… she is just has a character that is way overshadowed by everyone else in this film. It’s more fun to watch immoral, devious characters and completely oblivious and crazy people than the moral voice of reason in the film. Still, like Jason Bateman in Arrested Development, sometimes you need a bland character to accentuate the spiciness of the others.

Jemaine Clement as Kieran Vollard: Yeah, Jemaine “that crazy cat” Clement is “Dinner for Schmucks” Best known for being in Flight of the Concords, he plays a sex crazed artist with long hair who has the rather interesting quote that there are two things in this world: “wonderful, visceral sexy sex and horrible, boring death.” Kind of a nihilist approach to life eh? I really like his character, who I was about to tell you more about but then I realized it would be more fun if you just got to watch the film yourself without me ruining it! Anyways, other than being a philosopher, this guy creates art and tries to bang Timothy’s girlfriend.

Add to this mix some strange characters for Timothy’s past, and you have a great fucking line of eccentrics and other entertaining if unbelievable characters that have their charm in their incredulity- this is an average guy, Timothy, struggling with an important ethical dilemma who is thrown a million curve balls in the form of an increasingly bizarre group of characters who throw his life off track.

This is not a man I would want to meet alone in a dark alley. Or at a coffee shop. Actually, I really don’t want to meet this man at all.

Oh, and did I mention that Zach “I’ll kill you in your sleep” Galifianakas is in Dinner for Schmucks? He won “Best Comedy Actor” at the Comedy Awards for his character. The character this guy plays is out of this world- one of those people who is so out of touch with reality that they are able to control it by using their own brand of craziness to crush those who oppose them- the type of crazy that knows it is sane, and that views those who think differently as poor, hapless saps to be taken advantage of.

Watch Dinner for Schmucks. Though it is a rated PG-13 comedy, I’d say it deals with a lot of more adult themes- how much of yourself you are willing to lose to gain material wealth and prestige, trust and relationship problems, “losers” and how we can actually learn from these strange people, and why going into arts might actually be the only sane line of work in this insane god damn world.

If you like Zach and Carell, check out Dinner for Schmucks.

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