The Dinner GameJune 25, 1999
Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest…
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 7.7/10 (14,460 voted)
Critic's Score: 73/100
Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster
Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ -François Pignon- will steal the show.
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Release Date: 25 June 1999
Filming Locations: Evecquemont, Yvelines, France
Box Office Details
Budget: FRF 82,000,000
Opening Weekend: $25,520
(11 July 1999)
(5 December 1999)
Did You Know?
Francis Veber's play premiered at the Théâtre des Variétés on 17-9-1993. Jacques Villeret played Pignon 600 times.
At the beginning, the train has two locomotives, then with four, then back to two.
[after hanging up the phone]
That was your sister.
I don't have a sister.
Really? I asked her who she was, and she said "His sister".
[incredously to himself]
He called Marlène!
She's not your sister?
That's her name! Hissister! Marlène Hissister!
Hilarios and slightly poignant
This is a very intelligent, hilarious, and slightly poignant movie. The
'dinner' of the title is a regular gathering at which some smug young
Parisian gentlemen compete to invite the most amusingly ridiculous
character as their guest. Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) believes
he has a sure winner in François Pignon (played brilliantly by Jacques
Villeret) whose passion is the construction of intricate models from
matchsticks. Ironically, it is Brochant who ends up looking the fool,
morally if not intellectually. And it is the slightly sad but hilarious
antihero Pignon who emerges as far the wiser of the two. Despite the
premise, which seems to offends some delicate souls, this is a very
humane, as well as witty, movie.