Trailer- Dinner for Schmucks

Being a fan of Jeff Dunham, I had heard that he was in a new movie and decided to scope it out. This is what I found:

My feelings are mixed. Do I sit through what looks to be a ridiculously bad movie in order to see one of my favorite comedians get screen time? Or do I skip it and wait for the 30 seconds he appears in to be broadcasted on Youtube? 

Watching this trailer made me realize that outside of The Office, I'm really not a fan of Steve Carell. He seems to play the same pratfall-inducing character in every single movie, save for Dan in Real Life, which was boring. I also find it fascinating that Paul Rudd has suddenly become this huge star overnight, since before Knocked Up he was just "that guy from Clueless." 

I guess I'm just sort of ambivalent to this movie because it's been a while since I've seen a mainstream comedy that was actually intelligent. I mean, The Hangover won Best Comedy at the Golden Globes. While it was funny, it was just all mindless. And just by watching the trailer for this movie I know that the whole point is to make fun of stupid people. I can already tell that by the end of the movie, the message will be that "idiots are people too." The supposed friendship of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd just screams it.

Well, yes, so then why make a movie where the point is for people to laugh about it? Why not make a social commentary film instead? 

The last legitimately funny movie I saw that was made by a major movie studio (and by major studio I mean Paramount, Columbia, Focus, Disney...)  was Enchanted, and even that was targeted toward a specific niche. And I can tell you that if Susan Sarandon hadn't been in it, my admiration for it would have been much lower. 

What I'm trying to say is, "Don't do it, Jeff Dunham!" Keep doing standup. Because right now, there's nothing out there for you in terms of comedy. You'll end up like Dane Cook. Seriously- did anyone even see Employee of the Month? Do this movie and then STOP. 

That's all I have to say. 


The Movie Mistress


  1. The irony is that (statistically speaking) most of the people who see this movie and laugh at the Steve Carell will have Average to Low Average intelligence themselves...

  2. Paul Rudd was my least favorite flavor-of-the-month last year. This year it's the guy with the messed up eyes from that show with Doogie Howser and who was also in that movie where he was dumped by Veronica Mars but hooked up with Mila Kunis (yeah, like that would ever happen).

    Jeff Dunham scares me. At least his weird puppets do.

    Anyway, while we're on the subject (we're not on the subject), I tagged you for this list thingy. Top ten something-er-other...
    Sorry to be a pest, but the tubes have told me to.

  3. Love Paul Rudd. Love Steve Carell. Not sure I'll love this movie, but I have to sit through it.

  4. An ambitious executive accepts an invitation from his boss to attend a dinner party where high-powered professionals make fun of unsuspecting dimwits in this remake of Francis Veber's 1998 comedy The Dinner Game. Upwardly mobile executive Tim (Paul Rudd) has just landed his company an extremely wealthy Swiss client when his boss, Lance (Bruce Greenwood), invites him to an exclusive, yet unusually mean-spirited dinner party where each of the high-powered executives brings a guest to make fun of. Recognizing that his long-awaited promotion is finally within reach, Tim begins to have second thoughts about participating in the elaborate charade when his longtime girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak), the successful curator at a local art gallery, voices intense disdain for the idea. The following day, Tim is looking for a way out of the dinner when fate throws the perfect guest right in front of his luxury car. Barry (Steve Carell) is a sweet but dim-witted IRS agent with an unusual hobby: he creates elaborate dioramas featuring stuffed mice. His latest project is "The Last Supper," and he's just put the finishing touches on a tiny mouse Jesus to set at the center of the table. Tim knows that Barry is his ticket to a big corner office on the seventh floor, but the closer the party looms, the more he realizes that his bumbling new acquaintance isn't just an idiot, but also is a magnet for chaos