Dinner for Schmucks

Lists: Comedy

Brief Synopsis: "Rising executive Tim Wagner works for a boss who hosts a monthly dinner in which the guest who brings the biggest buffoon gets a career-boost. Tim plans on not attending until he meets Barry, a man who builds dioramas using stuffed mice. Barry's blundering but good intentions send Tim's life into a downward spiral, threatening a major business deal and possibly scuttling Tim's engagement to his fiancee."

Overall Ranking: 2432 (Rank from 2010: # 89)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 44.44%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 22.22%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Dave Examines Movies74(full review)
Bryan Lienesch72 - Let's face it: both Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell have done better flicks than this one.
Comedy: 6
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 4
Rob from GuysFilmQuest70Comedy: 7
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 4
Dan O'Neill65 - The tone may be a little shifty and the central message is very strange as well, but Dinner For Schmucks has a hilarious cast, some very funny moments, and an unabashed sweetness to it that actually brings much more heart to this material than I actually expected.
(full review)
Comedy: 7
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 6
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)
Movie Evangelist60(full review)
David Baruffi43(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik20
Patrick Devitt20

People Involved

  • Steve Carell (Barry)
  • Paul Rudd (Tim Wagner)
  • Stephanie Szostak (Julie)
  • Jemaine Clement (Kieran Vollard)
  • Zach Galifianakis (Therman)
  • Lucy Punch (Darla)
  • Bruce Greenwood (Lance Fender)
  • David Walliams (Müeller)
  • Ron Livingston (Caldwell)
  • Kristen Schaal (Susana)
  • Andrea Savage (Robin)
  • Randall Park (Henderson)
  • Lucy Davenport (Birgit)
  • Chris ODowd (Marco)
  • Jeff Dunham (Lewis the Ventriloquist)
  • Octavia Spencer (Madame Nora)
  • Patrick Fischler (Vincenzo)
  • Rick Overton (Chuck)
  • Blanca Soto (Catherine)
  • Jay Roach (Director)