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Steve Carell, left, and Paul Rudd are shown in a scene from "Dinner for Schmucks."
Why the title, "Dinner for Schmucks"?
To my recollection, no one in the film ever uses the word "schmuck." In fact, the event of the title quite often is referred to as a "dinner for idiots," to which each of a group of financial executives brings a guest to (unknowingly) compete for the distinction of being the biggest idiot of the bunch.
That's one of the multiple head-scratching facets of the film.
The most problematic is that it takes two of our most gifted comic actors, the great Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, and turns them—and everyone else in the movie, for that matter—into obnoxious cartoons whose behavior is determined solely by the needs of the plot.