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Director  Francis Veber
Screenplay  Francis Veber
Country  France
7.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Adapted from  Le Diner de Cons
Writer  Francis Veber
Language  French
Le Diner de Cons (film) movie poster
Release date  15 April 1998 (1998-04-15)
Cast  Thierry Lhermitte (Pierre Brochant), Jacques Villeret (François Pignon), Francis Huster (Juste Leblanc), Daniel Prévost (Lucien Cheval), Alexandra Vandernoot (Christine), Catherine Frot (Marlène Sasseur)
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Wealthy Frenchmen hold a weekly contest to see who can invite the biggest idiot to their dinner parties.


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Le Diner de Cons (English: "Dinner of Fools"), also known as The Dinner Game in the United States, is a 1998 French comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber. It is a film adaptation by Veber of his play Le Diner de Cons.

Le Diner de Cons (film) movie scenes

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.


Le Diner de Cons (film) movie scenes

Pierre Brochant, a Parisian publisher, attends a weekly "idiots dinner", where guests, who are modish, prominent Parisian businessmen, must bring along an "idiot" who the other guests can ridicule. At the end of the dinner, the evenings "champion idiot" is selected.

Le Diner de Cons (film) movie scenes

With the help of an "idiot scout", Brochant manages to find a "gem", Francois Pignon, a sprightly employee of the Finance Ministry (which Brochant, a tax cheat, loathes) that has a passion for building replicas of landmarks with matchsticks. Shortly after inviting Pignon to his home, Brochant is suddenly stricken with dorsalgia while playing golf at his exclusive country club. His wife, Christine, leaves him shortly before Pignon arrives at his apartment, as she realizes that he still wants to go to the "idiots dinner." Brochant initially wants Pignon to leave, but instead becomes reliant on him, because of his back problem and his need to resolve his relationship problems.

The Dinner Game movie scenes Paul Rudd left as Tim and Steve Carell as Barry are mismatched buddies in

He solicits Pignons assistance in making a series of telephone calls to locate his wife, but Pignon gaffes each time, including revealing the existence of Brochants mistress, Marlene Sasseur (thinking that she is Brochants sister, since her name sounds like "sa soeur"), to his wife Christine and inviting Lucien Cheval, a tax inspector, to Brochants house where, in an attempt to disguise his tax evasion, Brochant is forced to quickly hide most of his valuables.

The Dinner Game movie scenes  start to go awry when Brochant hurts his back playing golf at his country club and struggles to even stand up Despite this he still clings to the hope

In the meantime, Brochant is able to make amends with an old friend, Juste Leblanc, from whom he stole Christine, and through the evenings events is forced to reassess his mistakes.


  • Jacques Villeret as Francois Pignon
  • Thierry Lhermitte as Pierre Brochant
  • Francis Huster as Juste Leblanc
  • Alexandra Vandernoot as Christine Brochant
  • Daniel Prevost as Lucien Cheval
  • Catherine Frot as Marlene Sasseur
  • Edgar Givry as Jean Cordier
  • Daniel Russo as Pascal Meneaux
  • Christian Pereirra as Dr. Sorbier
  • Petronille Moss as Mademoiselle Blond
  • Awards

    At the 1999 Cesar Awards, the film was honored with six nominations of which it won three. The categories where it won were Best Actor for Jacques Villeret, Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Prevost and Best Screenplay for Francis Veber. It was nominated but did not win for Best Film, Veber as Best Director and Catherine Frot as Best Supporting Actress.

    Other adaptations

  • The Hindi cinema remake, Bheja Fry, was released on 13 April 2007.
  • A Kannada film titled Mr. Garagasa starring Komal and Anant Nag released in summer of 2008.
  • A Malayalam adaptation titled April Fool was released in 2010.
  • An American remake starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd called Dinner for Schmucks was released on 30 July 2010.
  • A Chinese remake of the film comes in the form of a stage show at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre starring Canadian freelance performer Dashan as Pierre Brochant.
  • References

    Le Diner de Cons (film) Wikipedia
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