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The Dinner Game(Le Dîner de cons)

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France · 1998
Rated PG · 1h 20m
Director Francis Veber
Starring Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster, Daniel Prévost
Genre Comedy

For Pierre and his friends, Wednesday is “Idiots' Day.” The idea is simple: each person has to bring along an idiot. The one who brings the most spectacular idiot wins the prize. Tonight, Pierre has found a gem, the ultimate idiot, “A world champion idiot!” What Pierre doesn’t know is that Pignon is a past master in the art of bringing on catastrophes...

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Dallas Observer by

A perfectly entertaining little French comedy that doesn't quite lodge in your brain in the way you hope it would.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

There are times when the comedy works, but the number of genuinely amusing sequences are outnumbered by those that, in trying to generate laughter, simply seem silly.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

This stage-bound farce could easily be an American sitcom: It's all slamming doors, eavesdropping and stupid miscommunications, garnished with a heavy-handed helping of comedy of humiliation.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Adapted from a long-running stage play, The Dinner Game has been refined to peak comic efficiency, with every misunderstanding and hare-brained scheme neatly cascading into bigger and bigger catastrophes.

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