Monday, 6 September 2010



12A, 114 Minutes. Starring Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis & David Walliams. Director: Jay Roach.

After the starter you may not like the main course but you'd be a fool to not stick around for dessert.

34982, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Friday October 16 2009. Steve Carell ends up flat out on the road as he films scenes for Dinner for Schmucks in Westwood, CA. Photograph: Pedro Andrade, ©

Legendary 'Anchorman' co-stars Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd star in a comedy which can only be described as one thing, random. With mice, taxidermy, bearded men, blind fencers, mind control, Octopus eating art, unfinished John Lennon lyrics and naughty purses on the menu what else can you expect except three courses of something you can't figure out whether you like the taste of or not. Sure there's moments in this film which look like (and literally are in some cases) exercises of throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks. Sure this film has it's jokes that should have been sent back or cooked up a bit more but when the jokes hit the spot however you'll realise your nothing but a satisfied customer. This is because if we've learned anything from 'Anchorman' it's that the most random things can be the most hilarious things, and oh yes this film has some love for the old lamp too. There will be time you'll embarrassingly be the only one in the cinema laughing at a gag two scenes ago and then there will be times you'll look at the group in front of you the same way they just did at you.

Here's the skinny on this film. Paul Rudd plays a stockbroker called Tim,(Stockbroker Tim as some will get to know him) he's about to move into the big leagues with his bosses but first must relegate himself to attending a 'Dinner For Schmucks' where all his firms employees bring an idiot to dinner, the best receiving an award (which they'll think is a good thing...idiots...well, yeah).This causes friction between Tim and his fiancée who hates the idea. Tim isn't sold on the idea himself but when he literally bumps into Carrell (by running him over) he sees the potential stock rise.

Of course hilarity ensues and when it looks like the conversation at dinner is falling a bit flat, the support cast brings this picture back up. Two British actors in particular hold their own. David Walliams puts the finger on playing a Swiss businessman perfectly and 'The IT Crowd' star Chris O'Dowd makes one of his first Hollywood appearances a memorable one even if he can't see any of it as an hilarious blind fencer. However it's Zach Galifianakis that steals the show yet again as an auditor who thinks he's an expert in 'mind control'. Zach's facial expressions and mannerism are so hilariously peculiar that you would think he was still on those 'roofies' from 'The Hangover'. If this film makes you want to make reservations again or even if it spoils your appetite there's just something about it you cant help but recommend. TIM DAVID HARVEY

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