Steve Carell is coming to dinner and Paul Rudd is your host.

In the new comedy 'Dinner for Schmucks,' Rudd ('I Love You, Man') plays Tim, a rising executive who needs to recruit a schmuck for his boss's monthly dinner for idiots. The bigger the idiot, the better to ingratiate yourself with the boss. He finds Carell's ('The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' 'The Office') Barry, who is quite the idiot, and the fun starts from there.

Zach Galifianakas, Jemaine Clement and Jeff Dunham play wacky dinner guests and Stephanie Szostak is Tim's reproachful girlfriend. 'Dinner for Schmucks,' directed by Jay Roach of 'Austin Powers' fame, is based on a 1998 Francis Veber French black comedy called 'The Dinner Game.'

Critically, this is one dinner most scribes would like to pass on. Critics feel the Tim and Barry characters have been overly sanitized for American audiences, and the Barry character becomes too likable for the jokes delivered at his expense.

If you do go to this 'Dinner,' look out for the performances of Galifianakis ('The Hangover') and Clement ('Flight of the Conchords'). They're better than the entree, the critics say.
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