Review: “Dinner for Schmucks.”

There are moments in Jay Roach’s Dinner for Schmucks that elicit deep pity. Not for the titular schmucks, mind you, but for the actors themselves. I know Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Jemaine Clement can be funny. Hell, Zach Galifianakis makes me laugh simply by staring at the camera. But with a cast of comedic heavyweights, long periods of silence are all the more unbearable. The problem is the script. Inspired by The Dinner Game, a popular French comedy, screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman drained the remake of wit or any semblance  to human behavior. The jokes, such as they are, would be embarrassing even in a third-rate sitcom. Comedy writers should take heed – Dinner for Schmucks is a master-class on easily-avoidable mistakes.

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