Based on the popular book, it deals with familiar themes of childhood and growing up in a mostly happy home. So many modern movies for kids deal with plots that are fantastic, outrageous or ridiculous. This one focuses on the everyday events of school, play, friendship and family interactions.
Thankfully, no talking animals, wizards or superheroes are involved.
"Schmucks" runs amok
Nice guys and mean guys all finish last in
In this remake of the far superior 1998 French farce, Tim (
Turns out, the office ain't the only thing that stinks.
Each guest must bring a prize idiot for the amusement of the "regulars." Tim wants to back out, but then runs — literally — into Barry (
Barry is sweet but incredibly clueless, and triggers events that land Tim in trouble with his girlfriend, boss, prospective client, former lover, and the IRS.
Some gags work here; others land like a bug on a windshield. Rudd again plays a blandly likeable straight man, as Carell and
The climactic dinner itself is so cartoonish, I kept expecting Daffy Duck to spring out and declare "Wabbit Season!"
The true delight of the movie comes from Barry's "Mousterpieces" — tiny dioramas of famous scenes using stuffed mice. They have all the wit and charm that this "Dinner" does not.
JOHN DEPKO is a