Dinner for Schmucks

If your Spring Quarter grades have got you down this summer, “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach has got just the schadenfreuden remedy for your intellectual insecurities: Dinner for Schmucks, a movie about laughing at dumb people. Tim (played by “Knocked Up” alumnus Paul Rudd) is an ambitious suit looking to climb the corporate ladder. Just when he thinks he’s at the verge of a promotion, he’s given one more obstacle: He must find an idiot and bring him to his boss’ Dinner for Extraordinary People — an event where asshole businessmen show off their pedigree idiots for a grand prize promotion.

As it just so happens, Tim meets Barry (Steve Carell), a wide-eyed dimwit with a thing for dressing up dead mice. Much to the dismay of his empathetic girlfriend, Tim invites Barry to the dinner. Though it seems for a moment that the duo’s unlikely friendship might hinder Tim from bringing Barry to the freak show, the two go anyway. It’s a simple story, and, if little else, it’s sure to be packed with Carell’s signature shtick — scene after scene of cringe-worthy discomfort. Once “Schmucks” hits theatres July 13, one thing’s sure: No other slacker summer activity will make you feel smarter.

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