Lost In Translation
It’s all about perspective. These actors headlining a comedy make it look like gold:
Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Ron Livingston.
But then toss in this little detail advertised right there in the trailer:
“From the Director of Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers”
Well shit, if that’s not the Adam’s apple bobbing above the cleavage I don’t know what is. This script looks like it came out of a book of MadLibs: Paul Rudd will be the straight man generic career climber, Steve Carell will be a weird guy who makes dioramas out of stuffed mice, Zach Galifianakis thinks that he can control minds, Larry Wilmore and Kristen Schaal will act like they do on the Daily Show. Hilarity will ensue at a dinner party. A valuable lesson is learned by everyone about firing your agent for not screening the scripts more closely.
Sick of trailers giving away all the funny bits of the comedy? This is just the trailer for you! There’s not a single funny bit in the whole thing! Really the only funny thing about this trailer is the fact that Larry Wilmore and Kristen Schaal are in a good third of the trailer but don’t appear anywhere on the IMDB page for the film. So either they both worked under noms de guerre for this masterpiece, they didn’t want their name attached to the final train wreck, or they actually only have about two minutes of screen time each but represented 90% of the good parts of the movie and so had to be stitched into the trailer disproportionately. And if these are the good parts … whoa doggies.
The film is based on the French film Le Diner de Cons and has this PR summary:
“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 Jay Roach, director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.
I’m guessing something got lost in translation from French to moron.