Dinner For Schmucks Release Pushed Back A Week To July 30
I've been trying for weeks to make myself like Dinner for Schmucks, reminding myself that it's a movie starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell and therefore has a better-than-average shot at being decent. But even with the new trailer released recently, I couldn't really work up the enthusiasm-- and apparently neither could the studio.
Amid rumors that the movie is "not working, " Deadline Hollywood reports that Paramount has delayed Schmucks by a week, planning to release it on July 30. The previous release date of July 23 would have had it up against Sony's Salt and the Fox family comedy Ramona and Beezus (there's only one competition there, really), but July 30 puts it up against Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (a spiritual sequel to Marmaduke, we assume) and Charlie St. Cloud, the Zac Efron weepie that will draw in all the Twilight fans once they've seen Eclipse 5 times. Basically, Schmucks will have no competition at all, so if it's any good it should be just fine.
But the question, sadly, is whether or not is actually is good-- and despite an impressive cast and a truly bizarre premise, the jury is still out on that one. I'd love nothing more than to trust Rudd and go into this with arms open, but at this point it may even be an accomplishment for Schmucks to be the funniest movie released that weekend (in limited release is Twelve, which is supposed to be a drama but, let me tell you, it's hilarious).
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