Should Jay go see “Dinner for Schmucks”? You decide!
If you listen to the show, you probably know that I really like Steve Carell. As a fan of The Office (well, the first five years anyway…), he was progressively more awesome as Michael Scott, the head of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. And he’s been great in his feature films, as well.
OK, well… maybe not Evan Almighty. Or Get Smart.
But you have to admit, the dude’s funny. He was great in The 40 Year Old Virgin, and his brief bits in Bruce Almighty were just top notch. His “Even Stephen/Steven” sketches on The Daily Show are always worth a good laugh. And even if you dislike Anchorman, you probably find yourself appreciating Steve Carell as Brick.
I’ve been somewhat curious about his latest movie, “Dinner with Schmucks”. It’s based on a French film by the creator of La Cage Aux Follies (or as you probably saw it in American theaters, The Birdcage) and it’s directed by Jay Roach. You know him best as the producer of Borat, the Director of Meet The Parents, and the Director of Austin Powers. Paul Rudd’s usually worth a good laugh too. And I even liked the Zach Galifialiafiafknivais (sp?) stuff that I saw in the trailer. He was great on SNL, and I hear he’s good in The Hangover.
So I’ve been curious. Not eager. Not enthusiastic. Just… intrigued. Intrigued by the possibilities of what this movie could offer, and how it might turn out. And I mentioned this to Parris in an email earlier this week.
I’d type it out, but trust me. It’s funnier if you click the link and see it in the exact same way I saw it in my Inbox.
I’ve had some bad luck with movies lately (Salt) and some good luck as well (The A-Team). But on this one, the critics are divided, early opinions are mixed, and my curiousity in the movie has wanted to a general interest, with no real push to see it.
So, fans, I leave this one in your hands. After the jump, you can check out a trailer for the movie and vote in a poll. I’ll take votes until Monday. Come Monday night, I’ll close the poll and follow your command. That’s right, folks! You’re controlling my fate. I’m very curious to see what people think about this movie based on the trailers and commercials.