The Dinner Game (Le Dīner de cons)
The Dinner Game (Le Dīner de cons) (1999)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 16, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Nesselson

Weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A sip of sparkling champagne in a moviegoing summer of mostly cheap red wine for teenage winos.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Scared of sophisticated French cinema? This coarse comedy will restore your confidence.

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Andrea C. Basora

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Some realist nuances in the characters' behavior become more intriguing than the belabored humor.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On its own terms, it's an idiot's delight.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If you don't like this type of movie to begin with (I don't), you won't be converted this time around.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Much better fil than the awful Hollywood remake. Thoroughly enjoyable French comedy.
Mark Hobin
Minor French farce is a mistitled little ditty about a about a competition amongst a group of businessmen to see who can find the stupidest person to bring to… More
Alex roy
A smart idea for a film is plagued by a poorly written script that is dull, uninteresting. Le Diner de cons could have been a great film, and it might have… More
El Hombre Invisible
The Dinner Game plays out with all the spontaneity of a Seinfeld episode and would be even more popular if people will get over reading subtitles. A very… More
Luke Baldock
Wonderfully simple, but emotionally engaging comedy. The film takes its audience on a wonderful journey as we start feeling very sorry for Villeret. The film is… More
Lanning : )
Yes, it's true, someone thought this a very clever script. Mon dieu! You hear about these kinds of people, those who think so highly of themselves that… More