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Dinner for Schmucks Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

15 Minutes With Zach G: The Movie Read full review

1.5

Jen Yamato Profile

Mean people suck. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Pathetically unfunny most of the time.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    No schmucks were harmed in the making of Dinner for Schmucks. That's the problem.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Though Carell and Rudd are both saddled with characters that just aren't as interesting as many they've played in the past, the movie benefits from having drawn many gifted comedians to supporting roles.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Gussied-up rodents and inane male antics come together in funny and inspired ways in this screwball farce.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Slapstick comedy feasts on the nerdiness of others.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this remake of hit French comedy The Dinner Game is anchored by a premise that is, on its face, quite mean-spirited: The main character is invited to a dinner where he must bring someone whom his colleagues can ridicule. Plenty of mockery does take place, but there's a lesson about conscience and morality buried amid the snark. There's some swearing (including "s--t") and sexual content (nude women covered in body paint, references to "BJs," etc.), as well as social drinking. Expect teens to be drawn in by stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. What's the ultimate take-away? Does any of the positive stuff get lost amid the movie's humor?
  • Would you be willing to make fun of other people for personal gain? Do you think it would be easy to stand up and do the right thing, even if your job was at risk?
  • Who are the real "idiots" in this movie? How can you tell?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie shows that some people are willing to do anything to get ahead, even if it means mocking and taking advantage of others. But it ultimately sends the message that doing so -- even if there might be significant material rewards -- isn't acceptable behavior, and there might be a moral price to pay.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Tim is initially self-centered and materialistic, willing to lie to his girlfriend and take advantage of Barry to help further his career. But he slowly realizes that material gains aren't worth the toll on his conscience or his personal relationships.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A few intense arguments escalate into brawls, complete with people throwing heavy objects at each other. A deranged woman takes out her frustrations on a very unfortunate sports car, leaving it a badly dented, moderately functional heap. A swordfight leads to a man losing his finger.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One scene featuring three people engaged in erotic play involves nude women covered in body paint. There's also some suggestive dialogue and innuendo; for example, a woman begs a man to spank her, and a man confesses to being ignorant of a specifc parts of his wife's sexual anatomy. References to "BJs" and hookers.

  • language false3

    Language: Some swearing, including one "f--k," a few uses of "s--t" and "bulls--t," "hell," "damn," "ass," and "oh God" (used as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A Porsche sports car plays an important role in the film and is mentioned by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking.

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