Dinner for Schmucks switches wildly between funny parts that are really funny, and stupid parts that are really stupid. There’s way too much crude and sexual humor in it for me, but if you ignore that, it’s a funny movie with a lot of heart.
…and no movie can have heart without good characters. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Steve Carrell plays a character who is funny and likable, without being obnoxious.
For the most part, the characters are silly and exaggerated, but that’s the kind of characters a movie like this needs. The only disappointing thing character-wise was that the entire movie was centered around a dinner with weirdos, and, in all honesty, some of the dinner guests just weren’t that weird.
Three words: TAXIDERMY MICE DIORAMAS. Moving on…
Barry enjoys name brand food in one small scene, but it’s not mentioned by name and doesn’t stay around long, so I doubt that counts.
The “Tower of Dreamers” speech is enough to get me to recommend this one. Like I mentioned before, the crude sexual humor was a little much for me, but if that doesn’t bother you, this movie won’t be a waste of a few hours.