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Barry

Dinner for Schmucks

Release Date: July 30, 2010

The comedy Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon.

Tim's fiancée, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry (Steve Carell)—an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas—and quickly realizes he's struck idiot gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions soon send Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of comic misadventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie (or so Tim thinks) into the arms of another man.

The film, an adaptation of the French farce Le Diner de Cons, is written by the team of David Guion and Michael Handelman, and directed by veteran DreamWorks comedy director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers). It features a host of top comedy talents as the "schmuck" dinner guests and other assorted oddballs, including Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Lucy Punch, David Walliams, Kristen Schaal, Randall Park and Chris O'Dowd.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • STEVE CARELL,
  • PAUL RUDD,
  • STEPHANIE SZOSTAK,
DIRECTOR
  • JAY ROACH
SCREENWRITERS
  • DAVID GUION & MICHAEL HANDELMAN, BASED ON "LE DINER DE CONS," BY FRANCIS VEBER
PRODUCERS
  • LAURIE MACDONALD,
  • WALTER F. PARKES,
  • JAY ROACH
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • JIM DENAULT
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • MICHAEL CORENBLITH
COSTUME DESIGNER
  • MARY VOGT
EDITORS
  • ALAN BAUMGARTEN,
  • JON POLL
COMPOSER
  • THEODORE SHAPIRO