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Jay’s final verdict on Dinner for Schmucks

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Yeah, I know.  I’m long overdue with my recap on “Dinner for Schmucks”.  I saw the movie a few weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to come back and tell you my thoughts.  I’d love to tell you that the delay was because I took some deep, introspective journey into my own psyche as I questioned the deep, existential message that this movie offered.

Truth is, I just got busy with work.  The season of video games is just around the corner, and that means more and more long nights for me.  C’est la vie, though.  There are worse problems to have.

Anyway, let’s talk Schmucks.  In case you forgot, I let the Internet decide if I should see the movie or not.  And after their votes suggested paying to see this in the theater (the full priced theater, at that), I submitted to the will of the people.

The truth is, it’s not half bad; the problem is, it’s also not that good.

That sentence is the best summation you’ll get out of me.  You can read more about the movie in my spoiler-free elaboration after the break, detailing what the movie did wrong, and the two things it does right.

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Should Jay go see “Dinner for Schmucks”? You decide!

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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.

This was his response.

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.

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