Dinner for Schmucks - Review


No schmucks were harmed in the making of Dinner for Schmucks. That's the problem. The promising crudeness of the title, along with the combined talents of stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, suggests that at some point, surely, someone will rise to the occasion and behave with unrepentant obnoxiousness. But in a rare tonal misfire, director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) delivers a bland, summer-sloppy comedy that never risks actually swimming with schmucks and letting characters bruise themselves on outcroppings of mean fun. Instead, he has decided to sand away all the sharp edges. What's left is a nice, safe comedy of tolerance and repentance - a subpar Carell-and-Rudd odd-couple buddy movie.


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