The Dinner Game (Le Diners De Con) (1998)

FRANCIS VEBER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France, 1998, EFVE, TF1 Films Production.  Written by Francis Veber.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.

Excellent comedy that provides plenty of laughs, skillfully adapted by Francis Veber from his own stage play. A corporate snob () gathers together with a group of friends every once in a while for a ‘dinner of idiots’, where each member of the group brings with them the biggest dolt they’ve met and a contest is held to see who is the most inane among them. After he throws his back out just prior to leaving his house to attend the dinner, Lhermitte receives a personal visit from his idiot (Jacques Villeret), a tax auditor with an obsession for recreating famous monuments with matchsticks. An evening of poking fun at the hapless fool is turned right around as Villeret proceeds to accidentally ruin Lhermitte’s marriage and get him in trouble with the law, a healthy comeuppance if ever the big guy deserved one. Brilliantly scripted and brimming with delightful performances, this is a priceless comedy that you’ll want to watch more than once.  Later remade as Dinner for Schmucks.

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