This summer has seen a few movie hits in North America. Blockbuster’s like Inception, Despicable Me, The Karate Kid and, Toy Story 3. Then we have our flops like, The Last Airbender, Knight and Day, The A-Team, Splice, Jonah Hex, The Girl Who Played With Fire…Phew…Lost my breath there. With all these movies tanking , can a film based off a French black comedy do well? Or is the gravy train going to run right through for Mr. Rudd and Mr. Carell?
Tim (Paul Rudd, I Love You, Man, Role Models) is a financial executive on sixth floor dreaming of making it to the promised land that is the floor above his own. He finally strikes gold when he impresses his boss Fender (Bruce Greenwood, Star Trek, Batman: Under The Red Hood) by attracting a very Rich Swede by the name of Mueller(David Williams, Little Britain USA). Now before Tim can move up in the corporate ladder he just needs to do one last thing. Attend a dinner with his follow co-workers. A simple supper, where they bring in “talented” and “intriguing” people. When all hope seems to be lost for Rudd’s character he meets (by meets I mean runs over) Barry (Steve Carell, The Office, Date Night) an IRS employee with the gift of scene re-enactment…with stuffed mice. Looks like Tim hit the jackpot.
New Kind Of Awkward Steve Carell is known for his goofy and incredibly oblivious characters but he shows that he can play any kind of fool with a snap of a finger, or in this case with the dye of a hair color. This lovable idiot feels like the friend we all have. You know the one that thinks what he does is normal and tries his best to help but still slips up somehow or someway.
Stellar Sub-Cast Move Over Rudd and Carell, because it’s time for the secondary characters time to shine. More specifically Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs. Shark) and Chris O’Dowd (IT Crowd, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel). Two actors who are not strangers to the acting scene but are only now getting more and more roles here in North America. They were a show stealer with how they portrayed their characters. If you would have given them more time in the light I think I would not have cared about the main plot of the film.
Same Old, Same Old Don’t get me wrong here I love Paul Rudd. I think pretty much whatever he is part turns to gold. The only problem I have is that he doesn’t break out of the mold he seems to have created for himself. He always played that slightly frustrated over worked guy in the office who gets stuck with the worse type of people around him. Spread your wings Paul and soar before you act gets dull. It’s happened one too many times buuuuudddyyyyy.
Disturbance In The Force Though I did praise some of the actors who had secondary roles, others on the other hand just ruined the flow of things. It might not even be the actor himself/herself, just the role they played. Like Tim’s one night stand who has an obsessively and unhealthy interest with him. The over exaggerated facial expressions and reactions to events that take place really feels like it belongs in something more like Good Luck Chuck or Saving Silverman .
I Can’t Take It Anymore! Look Zach Galifianakis is a funny guy, his stand up is awesome and he has been in some pretty hilarious roles. But too much of a good thing is bad. It feels like his sense of humour and over the top sense of reality is just getting stale because he’s in every movie now. Don’t believe me? Check the list out right now; The Hangover, G-Force, Up In The Air, Youth in Revolt, Little Fish, Strange Pond. That’s in 2009 ALONE!! Take a break or something. Go back to the comedy clubs. Anything but the silver screen.
True this isn’t the perfect comedy movie but it does have it’s charm. Go ahead and sit down with some friends or lady friend, and you’ll see how fast how its little faults don’t really seem to matter. Dinner For Schmucks is definitely a flick you want to catch in theatres.