Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dinner for Schmucks

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Dinner for Schmucks - 4 out of 5

Funny, charming, sweet...all these adjectives come to mind when finished watching Dinner for Schmucks.

Sure the movie has a moral we've seen before but the moral's a good one. We live in a society where our interests seem to determine our wealth as a person and a movie that says that variety is the spice of life and the people we believe to be "schmucks" because they aren't financial successful or, in my case, like D&D and Star Wars are just different and that's good. But you take this moral and add in the director of Meet the Parents and the Austin Powers series (Jay Roach) and throw in some great humor from a stellar cast, you have a genuinely fun movie to spend the evening with.

Like I stated, the cast is awesome. Steve Carrell is as charming as ever and once again proves he is an epic star and seeing him playing along side Paul Rudd again was fantastic as these two play off each other very well and create some very entertaining scenes. Two other highlights come from the ALWAYS funny Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and the unbelievably talented Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) who plays the hysterical artist Kieran and has some of the best lines in the entire film. But the amazing cast doesn't stop at these four. Star of one of my favorite BBC sitcoms, The IT Crowd; Chris O'Dowd plays an extremely memorable character as a blind swordsman, Jeff Dunham stars as one of the schmucks as--wait for it--a ventriloquist and Flight of the Conchords alumni, Kristen Schaal, steps in with a small but humorous role. Oh, and I can't forget the great performances from the straight guys: Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Larry Wilmore (The Office). All these actors, portraying FANTASTIC characters come together to really balance out the humor in this film.

All in all, Dinner for Schmucks is a delightfully entertaining movie that offers several forms of comedy in one movie: Wit, word play, misunderstanding, blue--the list goes on and on. Just pure fun.

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