Still going strong!

…and then I saw Dinner for Schmucks! Which was actually a lot funnier than I thought it was going to be – I thought it looked fun from the previews, but good old Entertainment Weekly didn’t exactly rave about it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was really funny!

Apparently it’s a remake of a French film called Le Diner de Cons (which the director of the remake apparently called very nearly perfect) and I think it would be really interesting to compare the two – I wonder how much of the humor they had to change to suit an American audience or if comedy translates easily (though the French love Jerry Lewis, right? So….). I think I read that they tried to make the two main characters more likable than they were in the original and by casting Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell, they’ve really done a lot right there to help with that. With the trend of the R-rated comedies lately, I was surprised that this one didn’t rely on gross-out humor (like I Love You, Man tended to) and it was actually ended quite sweetly! I mean that as a compliment, if you weren’t sure.

I only wish there’d been more of Kristen Schaal (Mel from Flight of the Conchords) who played Paul Rudd’s assistant – oh, and speaking of Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement is here! And hilarious as a very self-involved artist. Hilarious!

Summer blockbuster tally: 5,010-1-0

p.s. – Also hilarious was the guy sitting in our row who laughed uproariously at the tiniest thing! And I’m not talking chuckles, I mean, full-on guffawing belly laughs – I think he may have slapped his knees at some point.

I’m too lazy (and behind) to actually review this movie, so…

…I’m going to send you to see Rachel instead. Just substitute ‘Liz and Rachel’ any time you see ‘Liz and Anne’ and you’ll be just fine. I’m with you, Rachel – I was laughing so hard at the lion/tuna argument, but I seriously think we were the only ones in the theater who were!

Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen this movie, you HAVE to for that exchange alone. I mean, it’s also a very funny movie, that even if it had just been an hour and a half of static after that point, it still would have been a hilarious movie.

Summer blockbuster tally = 5,009-1-0