If you are trying to find a comedy to entertain you during this deadbeat summer, you basically have two choices, “Dinner for Schmucks” or “The Other Guys”. You should choose the latter.
“Dinner for Schmucks” is pretty good. It’s hard to go wrong with so many hilarious people: Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Jermaine Clement, and Kristen Schaal. (I find it kind of funny that Jeff Dunham is in this movie, he is a “comedian” but he is not “funny”. But, he plays the schmuck at the party with a puppet which makes sense, because he tries to be funny using puppets.) The acting is pretty great in this movie, it’s the writing that isn’t spectacular. It’s a pretty basic and predictable storyline. The schmuck that Paul Rudd’s character needs for a party to get a promotion causes him a lot of problems and then they go to the party. I enjoyed “Dinner for Schmucks”, but it wasn’t amazing.
“The Other Guys” was probably the funniest comedy this summer, which isn’t saying hardly anything at all because the year has sucked in terms of movies. “Dinner for Schmucks” is basically it’s only competitor. There’s nothing serious about it, it’s really just a good time. Will Ferrell basically plays the same character that he always plays, but it works here. I wasn’t a fan of Mark Wahlberg’s acting, I don’t feel he does the comedy thing that well, but he wasn’t bad enough to not enjoy it. The scenes are with Eva Mendez, Will Ferrell’s average looking wife. One thing I like about the movie is that it is pretty unpredictable, some pretty extreme things happen, it doesn’t get to the point of being like “The Hangover” in that aspect, but it’s nice that it’s not really predictable.
The winners: “The Other Guys”,