Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Dinner Game (Le dîner de cons) (1998)

Director: Francis Veber. Cast: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret. 80 min. Rated PG-13. France. Comedy.

"Never underestimate the power of the idiot." This hilarious French gem of a movie hurls its wise message with back-and-forth dialogue of such dizzying speed, you'll wonder how its 80 minutes passed by without noticing. And the bitter end of the story is, you'll say: I've known such an idiot before! I've known a person who wrecked my life ... unintentionally! To recommend this movie, enough to say that relaying the satire of a comedic situation is already tough in your own language - and I rarely remember laughing so hard watching a foreign language film.

PS: Remade this year in the US by the name of Dinner for Schmucks (with Steve Carrell), which apparently flopped.

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