Sometimes a movie can grab your attention just from its title. “Snakes on a Plane” is rumored to catch Samuel L. Jackson’s eye that he said “Yes” to it without even reading the script. “Dinner for Schmucks” is a title that would grab anyone’s attention. It’s a funny title so one hopes that the script and the cast filling the roles can deliver a memorable comedy. Thankfully, with talent such as Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and director Jay Roach, the movie has a good shot.
Tim (Rudd) is an up and coming executive at a financial firm. He is on the verge of getting the ultimate promotion. His boss, Mr. Fender (Bruce Greenwood) invites him over to his house for his monthly Dinner for Winners get together. The dinner is actually an excuse for the executives to invite the biggest, outrageous idiots they can find in order to make fun of them. Tim is reluctant to participate, especially because the very notion of doing so would anger his girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak); but, then he runs into Barry (Carell), literally with his car. It only takes a few minutes for Tim to realize that Barry is a “special” person who could be the perfect person for him to bring to the dinner.