Not enough dick jokes.
Okay, first off…if we are agreeing this is ‘comedy noir’, then why the PG-13 rating?
I know! Because ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ is safe…too anchored in it’s moral obligation to provide misguided, self-centered and cruel individuals (not unlike myself) with a message of love and acceptance …a theme as old and tired as Carell’s shtick.
Now, I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here; I never expected ‘Schmucks’ to outshine its original, Le dîner de cons, (I mean, c’mon… the French invented the term film noir, right?) but I have to say, it’s pretty gutless. The movie kind of just glosses over the essential cruelty of the premise (idiot guests are invited to a fancy dinner so they can be ridiculed).
One of the summer’s ‘most anticipated comedies’ is nothing more than an over the top, goofy display of two (on the verge of being) washed-up comics struggling to hold on to the spotlight while the supporting cast does the real work. For shame!
I feel cheated.
I was led to believe DFS would be tasteless, mean-spirited and chock-full of the one liner goodness I’ve come to expect from a comedy dream team.
Steve? Paul? Do you know how much it hurts me to watch Zach Galifianakis steal your thunder?