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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 July 2010 (USA)
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When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.


Jay Roach


David Guion (screenplay), Michael Handelman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Barry
Paul Rudd ... Tim
Zach Galifianakis ... Therman
Jemaine Clement ... Kieran
Stephanie Szostak ... Julie
Lucy Punch ... Darla
Bruce Greenwood ... Lance Fender
David Walliams ... Müeller
Ron Livingston ... Caldwell
Larry Wilmore ... Williams
Kristen Schaal ... Susana
P.J. Byrne ... Davenport
Andrea Savage ... Robin
Nick Kroll ... Josh
Randall Park ... Henderson


Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (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. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

dinner | idiot | irs | diorama | mouse | See All (77) »


Takes One To Know One.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dinner See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,527,839, 1 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When this project was in early development, Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play the lead. See more »


When Barry first arrives at Tim's apartment, Tim calls his girlfriends cell. When he realizes that she left her phone at home, he hangs up, and her ringer ends right away. In actuality, the ring would continue for a few more seconds. See more »


Barry: In the words of John Lennon, "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not."
Tim: ...the only one.
Barry: The only what?
Tim: No, that's the lyric: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
Barry: Oh, OK Tim.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, A diorama is displayed of a stuffed mouse sitting in a burnt down house, with Barry heard laughing as he reveals that Fender's company has gone bust with Forbes Magazine naming him the "World's Biggest Loser." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Viacom Media Networks (VH1, Comedy Central, etc.) version makes two notable changes to the brunch scene: 1. Instead of "I'M WET" the napkin reads "I'M HOT." 2. Barry's echo of Müeller's "Join yourself to her, in the name of love" is absent, presumably because Barry could be interpreted as mocking Müeller's accent. See more »


Referenced in Conan: Tomorrow's Episode (2011) See more »


String Trio, Op. 9, No. 3
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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I was the crazy loud laugher in the back!
25 September 2010 | by mkusafrSee all my reviews

I read the reviews on this and I couldn't believe how many people really didn't like it. But, to each their own.

1. Watch "Diner des Cons" first. It is very different humor (French), slower (French), and a lot like the remake but yet the remake took off from it - so you won't get the same thing. The "con" (idiot) is (was?) an amazing French actor and his character... excruciating to watch. In fact almost the whole movie is. But it is really art (and if you study theater... uses the "Unite' des temps" which I don't know in English - takes place in 24 hours and in "one" location) and finely crafted! And you should watch this first because to watch this after: a. you won't see the nods to the original and b. it will probably be hard to watch this version after (like reading a book after).

2. You truly and absolutely don't need to watch the first to "get it". Our 12 year old and 16 year old kids loved the movie (though a very few jokes were maybe a little too sexual for the 12 year... the world today). Anyway, they laughed tons. They understood the greater meaning. We quoted the movie and laughed on the way home!

3. Francis Veber is one of my favorite French directors. Maybe I'm biased then to like this remake? But also, it made me very critical and standards were quite high... I was leery of what Hollywood might do to it... and ended up pleased. I laughed a lot.

4. I love Steve Carrell, Zach G, Germaine, et al. Really felt they fit and played their roles very well. I really do think it was Steve to his finest! To say this is just to make fun at the people at dinner (mean spirited), don't realize the greater theme - which I think is there. That theme is present more if you see the original first. I can be one that doesn't laugh easily but they had me and many times I didn't see the joke coming - which makes a laugh out loud situation. The character "con" might be hard to watch - but not as nearly as the French version where I almost wanted to rip out my hair - but isn't that sort of good - play with the boundary of uncomfortable...?

5. It IS an "Americanized" version and "expansion" of the French... so it will different. It is funny to the American sense of humor like I laughed (chuckled) to the French sense of humor in the original. (I'm span both sides). There is a blend, I think, but it couldn't be successful here if not "americanized" in humor and culture, yet keeps the nods and such to the French. I find the blend successful. Remakes are hard - but I think this one was a success in spirit and in form.

6. It's not just me who loved it. The theater - one of the "loudest" comedies I've seen. I heard belly laughs, chuckles, etc.

See for yourself...... I don't know if you'll like it be we sure did.

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