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This week's reviewed movie is:
Dinner for Schmucks




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Dinner for Schmucks is a mismatched buddy comedy and about a group of well-to-do businessmen who amuse themselves by hosting elaborate dinners.

Each guest must bring a social misfit. The one who brings the craziest nitwit buffoon wins.

I found enough satisfying doses of slapstick and sentiment to go a fun scissors up.

In order to get a promotion, Paul Rudd's character, Tim, must bring an idiot to a company dinner.

When he literally runs into Barry (a taxidermy hobbyist), the mayhem ensues.

Steve Carell is the "mouseterpiece" artist who is described as "a tornado of destruction" and who step-by-step begins to destroy Tim's life.

It's a howlingly funny comedy with a completely absurd plot line.

The first problem I had with the movie Dinner for Schmucks is the misleading title.

It seems to promise crudeness and suggests that the humor will rise to the main occasion and at some point behave like crazy schmucks.

I thought the filmmakers should have let their talented characters run loose and have some mean fun.

But instead, they decided to smooth over all the sharp edges, ending up with a safe, flat, bland comedy of tolerance and repentance.

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