I have become less forgiving of film and television that presents its yuks and laughs at the expense of others. Bullying. It is a pervasive problem in schools across America and it is a sickening concept. We walked out of Norbit several years ago, not because it was a terrible movie, which it was, but because it was a brutal portrayal of the bullying of a young child. Perhaps in drama, on-screen bullying is more forgiving as it adds to the drama of the event; but when presented for the sake of comedy, it is not for my taste.
In Dinner for Schmucks, we are given a film that I feel is much different that what the crowds will be expecting. The entire tone and flow of the film is not really demonstrated in the trailer and I think people will be surprised at how events play out.
Zach Galifianakis plays Barry's boss Thurman and he plays this role differently than Alan from THE HANGOVER Alan, but funny in a unique way. To this end, I think I enjoyed Thurman the most as a character, becasue this was a new perspective to a fresh actor who we have only started to enjoy. I actually am not crazy about the early look at DUE DATE which pits Galifianakis with Robert Downey Jr., in a film directed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips....why, you may ask? Because his character in Due Date looks like a similar role to Alan. I enjoy seeing actors I like, spreading their wings a bit and expanding their talent base.