Movie Review: Dinner For Schmucks

It’s not a secret that I’m a big Steve Carell fan.  I love "The Office," and his movies including "40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Anchorman."  So "Dinner For Schmucks" was a priority for me this summer.  Other priorities for me this summer include going to Twins games, playing golf, and finding the perfect Arnold Palmer drink.  Done, done, and done.  More on the Arnold Palmer later this week.  But anyway, I had really high hopes for "Dinner For Schmucks."  And it delivered.  Kind of.  It was one of those funny-but-not-as-funny-as-it-could-have-been-movies.  Carell plays a loveable and harmless dimwit.  For my money, those are the best kind of dimwits.  Paul Rudd, who I also enjoy, plays an up-and-coming executive.  They end up meeting each other and without giving away the plot they encounter a series of humorous obstacles.  There were several points in the movie where the laughs were scarce, but the pace picks up half-way through.  And more screen time should have been given to Zach Galifinakis.  He’s the guy with the beard from "The Hangover."  He makes me laugh just by walking onto the screen.  In summary, it’s a good movie, but not a great movie.  Ps…it’s also one of those movies that you need to stay around for even after it ends.  Some funny stuff there.

The Verdict:  3 out of 5.

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