In the heart of summer, when blockbuster action films fill up theater seats, DreamWorks will release a comedy with all the right ingredients for success. Dinner For Schmucks is directed by Austin Powers and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach, and stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd with a handful of legitimate supporting actors.
While the premise may not be the most intriguing aspect, the people behind the production will give it a great chance for success.
Dinner For Schmucks is actually a remake of the 1998 comedy The Dinner Game, but with a casting upgrade the plot suddenly sounds even more appealing. Apple has provided a synopsis, but the story will come second to the performances as you may notice in the trailer:
"'Dinner for Schmucks' tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art."
From the looks of it, Steve Carell's performance is nestled in between his own Brick Tamland from Anchorman and Jim Carrey's Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber. On the other hand, Paul Rudd appears to be playing it straight again, giving himself room for a few ironic jokes. Rudd is a hilarious actor and it is unfortunate he can't let loose like his character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
For some reason, the studio pinned the film's director to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, instead of mentioning anything about the entire Austin Powers franchise - a questionable move if you ask me.
The Dinner For Schmucks trailer has debuted over at Apple, so you'll have to go there to watch it - we'll have it here for you as soon as it becomes available ;-) .
For awhile, the concept seemed lazy and uninspired. It felt like a corporate version of Paul Rudd's other buddy comedy, I Love You, Man. But as the trailer progressed, it looked better and better. It becomes a film about rivalry over finding the weirdest dinner guest and that in itself should make for some great comedy and some standout supporting roles.
The scene-stealers seem to be plentiful in the film. If you are a Flight of the Conchords fan, you'll be pleased to see Jemaine Clement and Kristen Schaal making appearances. Oddly enough, Schaal is not listed in the cast, but shows up in the trailer right away.
More importantly, Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) appears to have a larger supporting role and, as usual, looks awesome in the trailer. Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Ron Livingston (Office Space) round out a cast of recognizable actors.
If anything, the movie is worth seeing just to watch Steve Carell on a couch, drinking Silk, watching animals and eating popcorn while wearing headphones. Interestingly, the exterior shot beforehand is a beautiful penthouse apartment. So either he is rich or wears the headphones to keep quiet in his parents' apartment. Just a little something to think about before July.
Does the movie look funny? Are you excited to see the Anchorman stars working together again?
Dinner For Schmucks hits theaters July 23, 2010.