Runtime: 114 min (uncensored length)
Director: Jay Roach
Cast: Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis
This film is based on a French movie entitled ‘Le Dîner de cons‘. Paul Rudd plays Tim Conrad, a white collar who’s desperate for promotion that’s opened after one of his colleagues got fired. After a successful presentation in a meeting, his superiors invited him to a little function called “dinner for winners”. It’s where all the invited employees bring an idiot as a partner to be made fun of. To impress his boss at the coming dinner, Tim makes friends with Barry Speck (Steve Carell), a weird fellow whose innocent stupidity would cause a total disaster.
The theme and the arrangement of the story are pretty common; one makes friends with someone who’s absolutely unlikable but through the ups & downs they experience together, they become best friends in the end. Despite that, I still find this quite entertaining. Even when I thought I know what’s coming, Steve Carell never failed to crack me up. He is not a one-trick pony, mind you. Watch it with friends who’re easily amused & you’d get into the mood as well.
Verdict: Predictable and yet hilarious, all thanks to Steve Carell’s performance. Quite enjoyable if watched with light heart & good company.
Animal exploitation: Are those rats real? I don’t recall seeing a message saying “no animals were harmed during the making of this film.” They don’t look real to me though.
The real purpose of the film: To make fun of the American tax suckers, the IRS. Seems like they all think that the IRS people are idiots. Well, obviously. Too bad I can’t really relate to it. If only they make movie called ‘Company for Schmucks’ instead.
Scene after ending credits: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) It is revealed Fender’s company has gone under and Forbes Magazine has named him the “World’s Biggest Loser.” –Source (SPOILER ENDS HERE)
Similar comedy but better: Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey.
Rating: 3 / 5
Chee Li Kee of pink-latte.blogspot