The Dinner Game (Le Dīner de cons)
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The Dinner Game (Le Dīner de cons)
Francis Veber wrote and directed this film adaptation (with animated opening credits) of his own play, Le diner de cons, about a competition among a group of friends to see who can find the stupidest person to bring to dinner (as indicated by the original French title, since "con" means someone who's a total dumbbell). The dinners are held each Wednesday night, and French publisher Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) has found a world class nincompoop -- Finance Ministry accountant Francois Pignon (Jacques Villeret) who uses matchsticks to build small-scale replicas of monuments.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Weaves a simple premise into comedy gold."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"A sip of sparkling champagne in a moviegoing summer of mostly cheap red wine for teenage winos."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Scared of sophisticated French cinema? This coarse comedy will restore your confidence."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Easily the funniest and most charming film that has been or will be released in 1999 ... period."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"Farce is usually equated with slapstick, but here the comedy is distinctly one of wits, slowly building momentum to a satisfying finish."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Despite the stagey set-up (it was originally conceived as a play and it shows), the film manages to maintain its humor and energy until the final scene in which Veber suddenly casts aside his delightful meanspiritedness and gets soft-hearted and preachy."
‑ Andrea C. Basora, Newsweek
"The leads fill out their archetypes comfortably, the timing's well pitched, and the narrative moves busily enough. Cinematically, though, there's little of interest."
‑ , Time Out
"Its very tautness and on-the-money performances from the odd-coupled Jacques Villeret and Thierry Lhermitte help make this a highly amusing and old-fashioned big-screen entertainment."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"An idiot is exactly what you'll be if you don't check out The Dinner Game."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"A sharp elbow in the throat of mean-spiritedness."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Some realist nuances in the characters' behavior become more intriguing than the belabored humor."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"On its own terms, it's an idiot's delight."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"If you don't like this type of movie to begin with (I don't), you won't be converted this time around."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Villeret, a fixture in French films for two decades, is short, squat, a little bug-eyed and able to completely twist the not-so-good intentions of his host."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It may be silly, but it's never stupid."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
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