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The Scribes of “Dinner for Schmucks”

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/the_scribes_of_dinner_for_schmucks_20100729

’Schmuck’ is a funny word,” said Michael Handelman, co-screenwriter of “Dinner for Schmucks.”

“It’s one of those very satisfying words to say,” added co-screenwriter David Guion.

The New York-based scribes, both 39, were in Los Angeles recently to discuss “Schmucks,” which opens July 30 and is inspired by Francis Veber’s French-language film, “Le Diner de Cons” (“Dinner for Bloody Idiots”). Directed by Jay Roach, the new film revolves around an ambitious financial analyst, Tim (Paul Rudd) whose promotion hinges on his participating a cruel game: his boss’s “dinner for idiots.” Each guest must invite the stupidest person he can find for an evening of subtle ridicule.

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