Paul Rudd and Steve Carell star in Dinner for Schmucks, a slapstick comedy in the vein of buddy comedies like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Tommy Boy, The Great Outdoors, etc. On the surface this comedy has everything it needs to be fun and enthralling, but it also has an equal chance of being absolutely terrible.
As Rudd runs the hamster wheel of corporate life clawing for a promotion-his boss finally relents with one condition-bring a bizarre character to dinner that weekend and whoever has the craziest, weirdest sidekick wins. After Rudd hits Carell with a car he gets the bright idea to bring him to his boss’s dinner that weekend, but Carell ends up wrecking everything in sight, including his apartment, career, and even summoning a stalker to further complicate things. Can Rudd navigate this trainwreck and keep his personal and professional life in tact?
I typically enjoy Paul Rudd’s performances as a straight edged wise cracking yuppie and this film is no different. While Steve Carell has starred in a string of ho-hum comedies like Date Night and a secret agent movie I’ve tried to forget, his turn as a crazed taxidermist is a nice change of pace. Zach Galifianakis is also pretty darn hilarious as a bizarre I.R.S. agent.
I would really like to tear parts of Dinner for Schmucks apart, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few instances where I was dying with laughter. With a few repeat viewings I could even see myself becoming even fonder of the film.
3 stars out of 5 ’cause I’m feeling nice today