This film really surprised me; “Dinner for Schmucks,” turned out to be a very pleasant summer comedy.
The strength of this production was bringing a diverse group of characters together and allowing
each to establish his or her personality with the audience. You get to know each character as an individual after very little screen time and you develop a concern for them and that keeps you
focused on the story. Most of the people are very sweet and you want them to come out on top against the villains.
Any film that can develop that type of rooting interest in the viewing audience
will be successful. The downfall of most movies is that we look, but just don’t care; you will care about these characters.
Steve Carell creates a marvelous character within his first 60 seconds on the
screen and that character takes us through this charming movie as we learn not to underestimate our fellow human beings.
A running time of under two hours helps keep the story moving and in a rare departure from most current films, you hate to see this movie end.
WHILE STEVE CARELL IS BEING MENTIONED ---
I AM ONE OF THE FEW, THE VERY FEW PEOPLE IN AMERICA, WHO CAN'T STAND "THE OFFICE" TV SHOW. I FIND IT "PAINFUL" TO WATCH AND HAVE NEVER MADE IT BEYOND 15 OF THE 30 MINUTES IN AN EPISODE. I DON'T GET ANYTHING FROM HIS
PERFORMANCE ON THAT SHOW, I DON'T GET ANYTHING FROM ANYONE ON THAT
SHOW, BUT STEVE DOES A FINE JOB IN THIS FILM.
I HAVE TO SALUTE THE FINE WORK OF A NAME NO ONE WILL EVER PRONOUNCE
CORRECTLY -- ZACH GALIFIANAKIS - HE IS WONDERFUL HERE AS THE MIND CONTROL EXPERT AND HE WAS WONDERFUL IN "THE HANGOVER," AS THE
INSANE BEARDED FRIEND VISITING LAS VEGAS.