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Million Dollar Movie

I went to the movies for the first time this summer a few days ago. Saw Dinner for Schmucks. I didn’t expect much and wasn’t disappointed. I smiled  a lot and thought this limp, bland movie was a fine diversion. I wouldn’t see it again, though on second thought I’ll probably sit through pieces of it many times once it reaches heavy-rotation on cable.

I didn’t get a good belly laugh out of it and when the end credits rolled I didn’t remember a thing that had just happened. 

I think that most of the recent comedies by the Will Ferrell-Judd Apatow Mafia are lacking but there also usually have that one crack-up scene that makes it worth it.

Like this foul-mouthed gem from The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (warning–if you offend easily, skip this):


1 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 11, 2010 1:41 pm

The original (Cedric Klapisch, I think it was) is pretty great. I'd recommend renting that.

2 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 11, 2010 1:41 pm

I'll see it based on the title alone. This one, and Hot Tub TIme Machine.
Don't try warning me that either of these pictures sucks, because I'll respectfully ignore you.
I'm a sucker for titles like these. Even if a bad movie is well-titled, I'll find something to like about it.

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 11, 2010 1:58 pm

[2] Hot Tub Time Machine was brilliant

40 Year Old Virgin is a classic. The speed dating scene alone...

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 11, 2010 2:07 pm

al, i saw it too. 5 hours to kill before a redeye from the west coast and this was the only movie about to start. talk about having low expectations. didn't like it much, but whatever.

comparing it to the dinner game is really comparing apples and shit stained oranges though.

5 ms october   ~  Aug 11, 2010 2:09 pm

[1] you mean the original that dinner for schmucks is based on - le dinner des cons? it was quite good.

6 bp1   ~  Aug 11, 2010 2:11 pm

Thanks for the clip, Alex. I needed that today.

7 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 11, 2010 2:22 pm

Alligator fuckhouse? I mean, c'mon! This actor was in Apatow's Undeclared Series too and a real hoot. It's too bad he's not around more often.

8 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 11, 2010 2:25 pm

[7] the Undeclared boxed set was one of my better DVD purchases

9 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 11, 2010 5:31 pm

[5] Yes, dear Ms. O, I'm pretty sure it's a straight remake. I've not seen the new one but the premise is the same, so I presume.

The original was great, wasn't it? (Cedric Klapisch is fabulous--everything he's done. "Une Affair de Famille, e.g., is rip-roaringly funny.)

10 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 11, 2010 5:43 pm

[5] Sorry, I misread you. Yes, that's what I mean. :)

11 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 11, 2010 7:55 pm

I had to look up 'cincinnati bowtie' (in the urban dictionary',
My my... we Americans have a creative culture.

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