Paramount has released the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Dinner for Schmucks. The film centers on a guy who reluctantly brings an idiot to a dinner party in order to impress his asshole bosses. The film stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifiankis, so why doesn’t it look funnier? I’m going to blame the trailer’s reliance on the broad comedy of pratfalls and goofy facial expressions. However, I did get a good laugh from a joke involving dead mice and the Last Supper, but I’ve always been a big fan of deceased-rodent-DaVinci humor.
The studio has also released a poster for the film where Carell doesn’t so much look like a “schmuck” as much as it looks like he’s about to murder you in dark basement before having sex with your colon. It’s a credit to Carell’s facial expression that I can take all that away from just one look at his mug.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the official synopsis. Dinner for Schmucks hits theaters on July 23rd.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Dinner for Schmucks:
“Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.