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Dinner for Schmucks

New DVD release

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This screwball movie had every reason in the world to disappoint. The trailer was so funny that the movie risked falling short of expectations. Steve Carell and Paul Rudd have starred in so many comedies in the past few years, they're threatened with overexposure. And the original source material, Le Diner de Cons, was really good and didn't beg for a remake. Still, Dinner for Schmucks is a feast of belly laughs. The opening titles alone, showcasing Carell's mice dioramas is bizarre and charming. The big surprise here is how much good nature is served in the climactic dinner scene, revealing who the real "losers" are at the table.