Monday, August 2, 2010

Dinner for Schmucks: You say I'm a dreamer

In Dinner for Schmucks, most the humor was built around making situations more and more over-the-top. If you ask me, that’s a pretty cheap way to do a comedy (see Meet the Parents). It ignores the need for witty dialog, the element of surprise, or clever writing.

This film definitely had some funny moments scattered throughout (in the few places where it didn't just rely on its pure silliness), but it was difficult to contextualize these moments or to care about the movie as a whole.

To sum up my very short critique, I wouldn’t recommend this movie. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t good. I don’t know what else to say about it. It was perfectly underwhelming.


  1. "perfectly underwhelming" is perfectly put. i might go just a wee bit further (i hope by understating the case, i'm not too subtle): "dinner for schmucks" will find broad appeal amongst schmucks, and it blew chunks.


  2. Shame. I was really looking forward to it based on the "Pew, Pew!" scene they show in the preview. I've been there!