Dinner for Schmucks | Film review

The latest Hollywood remake of a brief, moderately inventive French comedy transposes Francis Veber's Le Dîner de cons (1998) from Paris to Los Angeles. In the original, publisher Thierry Lhermitte gets into all kinds of trouble when he conspires to bring a dim, bald, accident-prone accountant (Jacques Villeret) to a club of supercilious sophisticates who compete to bring the most stupid guest to a monthly dinner party. In the French version the guest makes matchstick versions of the Eiffel Tower; in the remake he stuffs dead mice to construct bizarre tableaux of everything from The Last Supper to Munch's The Scream. Roach's crude, tasteless, unfunny movie is even worse than his Meet the Fockers, and sets back the cause of healthy bad taste by a decade.

ComedyDramaSteve CarellPhilip French

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