At the Movies With Peter Travers: 'Dinner for Schmucks,' 'Charlie St. Cloud'


In this week's At the Movies, Peter Travers sizes up the new comedy Dinner for Schmucks . In this remake of a French movie, Paul Rudd plays a businessman who's searching for the perfect guest (Steve Carell) to bring to his boss' monthly "dinner for idiots." The comic talent is top-notch, including hilarious performances from comic Zack Galifianakis and Flight of the Conchords's Jemaine Clement, but the stars could have used a better movie to showcase their gifts. Still, Schmucks is an entertaining flick that serves as a lighthearted antidote to the brain-bending Inception.

While you won't be stupid to catch Dinner, there is one awful film opening in theaters that'd you'd be a schmuck to see: Charlie St. Cloud. In this drama, teen sensation Zac Efron plays a young man who is able to talk and play catch with his brother, who was killed in a car accident. Efron proved he was more than a heartthrob with his role in Me and Orson Welles, but St. Cloud is worthy of the Scum Bucket. "You can't shine a turd," Travers warns in his one-star review. "This movie is dead on arrival."

Read This Week's Reviews:

Dinner for Schmucks

Charlie St. Cloud

Get Low

The Extra Man

The Travers Take Main Next


Peter Travers

Rolling Stone senior writer Peter Travers has reviewed movies for the magazine for more than 20 years. Send your comments and questions to him here.

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