Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Machete to Dinner for Schmucks

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Machete to Dinner for Schmucks

Jan 04, 2011

Dinner for Schmucks
This week: Danny Trejo is the wrong Mexican to f**k with, Paul Rudd takes Steve Carell to a dinner party for idiots, Renée Zellweger finally opens her eyes and more.

Machete: Danny Trejo stars as the titular character—an ex-Federale who has been set up to further the racist immigration policy of a corrupt Texas senator (Robert De Niro). Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin and Don Johnson co-star in director Robert Rodriguez's outrageous feature-length adaptation of the faux trailer seen in 2007's Grindhouse. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)

Dinner for Schmucks: This remake of the French film The Dinner Game stars Paul Rudd as a corporate-ladder climber who gets invited to his boss's elite dinner party—one in which guests are supposed to bring the biggest idiot they can find to be ridiculed. Rudd literally runs into Steve Carell—a dopey but kind-hearted individual whose passion is making dioramas out of mice. There are surprisingly few laughs in this farcical comedy that, given the subject matter, requires a meaner sense of humor, but fans of the two likable leads will still want to take a look. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "The Biggest Schmucks in the World," a gag reel and deleted scenes; the BD adds "The Man Behind the Mouseterpieces," "Meet the Winners" and a LeBron James press conference spoof by Rudd and Carell. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Case 39: Who knew squinty-eyed Renée Zellweger had peepers to open? All it took was a starring role in this thriller in which she plays a social worker named Emily who rescues a child named Lilith from a home where her parents tried to burn her alive. Emily takes Lilith in as her own, but soon Emily's friends start dying. It doesn't take a cinema sleuth to figure out that Lilith's parents might have been on to something in Hollywood's latest demon-child shocker. Best extras: Cast and crew interviews, some short making-of featurettes and deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

The Last Exorcism: Someone got the idea to combine the themes of The Exorcist with the cheap, home-camera feel of Paranormal Activity in this low-budget horror flick about a documentary crew following a reverend as he performs an exorcism on a 16-year-old farm girl. There is nothing scary or fresh in this derivative rehash of the better films it apes—the acting, cinematography and execution are all amateurish and gimmicky. Keep this one locked in the basement. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentaries, a making-of featurette and real stories of exorcisms; the BD adds audition footage and an additional audio commentary with a haunting victim, clinical psychologist and a deliverance minister. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Also New This Week: Catfish, Backdraft: Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic, Coraline (Blu-ray 3D), Gun, Ishtar (Blu-ray), El Mariachi/Desperado (Blu-ray), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Blu-ray)

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