Parents' Guide to

Dinner for Schmucks

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slapstick comedy feasts on the nerdiness of others.

Movie PG-13 2010 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 13+
plenty of sexual material and some language
age 13+


Dinner for Schmucks is Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31):
Kids say (41):

A Paul Rudd-Steve Carrell production can't fail -- they are, hands down, two of the funniest men working in comedy today. In fact, they're so simpatico as a team that they should take the show on the road. When they're on screen, they're always watchable, with their singular expressions and easy delivery. The supporting cast -- comprised of such comedic heavy-hitter as Jemaine Clement and Zach Galifianakis -- also appeals.

But Dinner for Schmucks still isn't exactly the perfect cinematic meal. Director Jay Roach and his actors go for broke in terms of absurdity, but there's something about it that doesn't quite translate. (Maybe it played better in French?) While some bits are hilarious, others -- like a side plot about Tim's sexually aggressive female stalker -- feel like a strain. And some sections just seem downright disappointing; the aforementioned dinner, for instance, is a free-for-all mock-fest, and it's hard to laugh freely when you're cringing too much. One of the key problems, actually, is that the movie takes too long to arrive at that pivotal event in the first place; by the time we finally get to dinner, we're not all that hungry anymore.

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