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Every Wednesday, French editor Pierre Brochant and some of his friends organize a very special dinner: a "dîner de cons" (Literally: "Dinner of idiots"), where whoever brings the dumbest guest wins.

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Every Wednesday, French editor Pierre Brochant and some of his friends organize a very special dinner: a "dîner de cons" (Literally: "Dinner of idiots"), shmucks"), where whoever brings the dumbest guest wins.


A 1998 French comedy by Francis Veber, '''''Le dîner de cons''''' (''The Dinner Game'') was a financial and critical success in France and in the United Kingdom. Based on Veber's long-running play of the same name, the movie won Best Scenario, Best Actor and Best 2nd Actor at the Césars Awards. It remains a cult movie in France and one of the late Jacques Villeret's most beloved roles.

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A 1998 French comedy directed and written by Francis Veber, Creator/FrancisVeber, '''''Le dîner de cons''''' (''The Dinner Game'') was a financial and critical success in France and in the United Kingdom. Based on Veber's long-running play of the same name, the movie won Best Scenario, Best Actor and Best 2nd Actor at the Césars Awards. It remains a cult movie in France and one of the late Jacques Villeret's most beloved roles.

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* SmarterThanYouLook: Pignon seems to be really stupid, but in the end [[spoiler:he manages to reconcile Brochant and his wife. {{Subverted|Trope}}, because he ruins everything shortly after.]]

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* TheFilmOfThePlay: A faithful adaptation of the 1993 play of the same name. Jacques Villeret takes up again his stage role.


* [[PrankDate Prank Dinner]]: Type 3

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* [[PrankDate Prank Dinner]]: Type 3PrankDate: Dr Sorbier explains that, when he was a student, he participated in "Dogfight" prank dates. Each participant had to bring the ugliest date. He notes the similarity with the dinner game, which is a non-romantic version of the prank date.


Every Wednesday, French editor Pierre Brochand and some of his friends organize a very special dinner: a "dîner de cons" (Literally: "Dinner of idiots"), where whoever brings the dumbest guest wins.

Desperate to find a suitable candidate for the week, Brochand invites a friend's recommendation: François Pignon, a taxman who build models out of matchsticks and seems like "a real winner". Unfortunately, Brochand hadn't exactly counted on the fact that on the evening of the dinner, he'd have thrown his back playing golf, his wife would have left him and he'd be stuck at home, alone with Pignon...

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Every Wednesday, French editor Pierre Brochand Brochant and some of his friends organize a very special dinner: a "dîner de cons" (Literally: "Dinner of idiots"), where whoever brings the dumbest guest wins.

Desperate to find a suitable candidate for the week, Brochand Brochant invites a friend's recommendation: François Pignon, a taxman who build models out of matchsticks and seems like "a real winner". Unfortunately, Brochand Brochant hadn't exactly counted on the fact that on the evening of the dinner, he'd have thrown his back playing golf, his wife would have left him and he'd be stuck at home, alone with Pignon...



* BelievingTheirOwnLies: Pignon calls Leblanc as a Belgian film producer to get informations on Brochand's wife. He ends up hanging up without any information on the wife - but he sure is going to get the movie rights for cheap.

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* BelievingTheirOwnLies: Pignon calls Leblanc as a Belgian film producer to get informations on Brochand's Brochant's wife. He ends up hanging up without any information on the wife - but he sure is going to get the movie rights for cheap.



* CrackOhMyBack: Brochand hurts his back playing golf, and spends most of the film nursing his back injury. Said injury is what prevents him from taking Pignon to the dinner in the first place.

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* CrackOhMyBack: Brochand Brochant hurts his back playing golf, and spends most of the film nursing his back injury. Said injury is what prevents him from taking Pignon to the dinner in the first place.



* DrivenToSuicide: Marlene threatens to commit suicide if Pignon hangs up the phone.
* DumbIsGood: Pignon is a well-intentioned idiot with a sometimes heartwarming compassion for people he's barely met, Brochand is a smug intellectual snob who mistreats his closest friends.
* FalseReassurance: When Brochand tells a friend on the phone that Pignon "looks like a real winner" ("''Il a une belle tête de vainqueur"''). Pignon sees it as proof that he's going to get a book deal. Brochand knows his friends thinks about the dinner.

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* DramaticIrony: Pignon takes a woman from Pierre Brochant's flat. Pignon thinks that she is Marlène Sasseur, but the audience knows that she is actually Brochant's wife. Pignon and Brochant will realize this mistake only when the real Marlène Sasseur shows up.
* DrivenToSuicide: Marlene Marlène threatens to commit suicide if Pignon hangs up the phone.
* DumbIsGood: Pignon is a well-intentioned idiot with a sometimes heartwarming compassion for people he's barely met, Brochand Brochant is a smug intellectual snob who mistreats his closest friends.
* FalseReassurance: When Brochand Brochant tells a friend on the phone that Pignon "looks like a real winner" ("''Il a une belle tête de vainqueur"''). Pignon sees it as proof that he's going to get a book deal. Brochand Brochant knows his friends thinks about the dinner.



* HereWeGoAgain: After the moral of the story and Pignon managing to fix everything in the span of several minutes, he manages to piss off Brochand's wife ''again'' by accidentally implying Brochand was feeding him lines.

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* HereWeGoAgain: After the moral of the story and Pignon managing to fix everything in the span of several minutes, he manages to piss off Brochand's Brochant's wife ''again'' by accidentally implying Brochand Brochant was feeding him lines.



* JerkAss: Pierre Brochand, all the way

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* JerkAss: Pierre Brochand, Brochant, all the way



* LaserGuidedKarma: Brochand is a jerkass. He stole his friend's wife. He cheated on her. He rejects his mistress. Oh, and his hobby is to make fun of people who are idiots in his opinion. In the end, he has thrown his back, his wife left him, his mistress does not want to meet him again, and his incomes will be controlled by the Ministry of Finance. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}}, because Pignon decides to help him even if he knows why Brochand invited him and he manages to reconcile Brochand and his wife. [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]], because finally Pignon ruins everything.]]
* LethalChef: Brochand, when he tries to turn his expensive wine into lower quality claret. Amusingly, he actually makes it ''better'', before making it worse
* LoveTriangle: Brochand stole Leblanc's wife. Pignon's wife was stolen by one of his colleagues.
* MistakenIdentity: Pignon mistakes Brochand's wife for Marlène Sasseur.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Brochand Brochant is a jerkass. He stole his friend's wife. He cheated on her. He rejects his mistress. Oh, and his hobby is to make fun of people who are idiots in his opinion. In the end, he has thrown his back, his wife left him, his mistress does not want to meet him again, and his incomes will be controlled by the Ministry of Finance. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}}, because Pignon decides to help him even if he knows why Brochand Brochant invited him and he manages to reconcile Brochand Brochant and his wife. [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]], because finally Pignon ruins everything.]]
* LethalChef: Brochand, Brochant, when he tries to turn his expensive wine into lower quality claret. Amusingly, he actually makes it ''better'', before making it worse
* LoveTriangle: Brochand Brochant stole Leblanc's wife. Pignon's wife was stolen by one of his colleagues.
* MistakenIdentity: Pignon mistakes Brochand's Brochant's wife for Marlène Sasseur.



** Also, Marlene Sasseur

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** Also, Marlene Marlène Sasseur



* RuleOfSymbolism: The opening scene shows someone throwing a boomerang. The boomerang comes back and hits the thrower in the face. This is a symbol of the fate of Brochand, who intends to make fun of Pignon, but will suffer from the effects of his own joke.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Brochand and his friends are much wealthier than the people they make fun of. Their different lifestyles are emphasized: for example, Pignon and Cheval enjoy watching a popular sport like soccer, whereas Brochand plays golf.
* ToughRoom: Brochand's reaction to Cheval's jokes when he thinks his wife is at Meneaux's.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: The opening scene shows someone throwing a boomerang. The boomerang comes back and hits the thrower in the face. This is a symbol of the fate of Brochand, Brochant, who intends to make fun of Pignon, but will suffer from the effects of his own joke.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Brochand Brochant and his friends are much wealthier than the people they make fun of. Their different lifestyles are emphasized: for example, Pignon and Cheval enjoy watching a popular sport like soccer, whereas Brochand Brochant plays golf.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Pignon ruins Brochant's plans. First, he falls on Brochant, so Brochant's back still hurts more. Then, he calls Marlène Sasseur instead of Dr Sorbier. And this is just the beginning of the film.
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ToughRoom: Brochand's Brochant's reaction to Cheval's jokes when he thinks his wife is at Meneaux's.



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: main character Brochand takes part in the dinners, [[spoiler: stole his best friend's wife, cheated on her for two years, and now refuses to acknowledge his mistress' existence]]. This is lampshaded in the end by Brochand, who, while [[spoiler:trying to commit suicide]], moans about how everyone hates him and that even an idiot like Pignon will hate "meanie Brochand".
* UnwantedAssistance: Brochand thinks this of Pignon, after he's managed to fall on him.

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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: main character Brochand Brochant takes part in the dinners, [[spoiler: stole his best friend's wife, cheated on her for two years, and now refuses to acknowledge his mistress' existence]]. This is lampshaded in the end by Brochand, Brochant, who, while [[spoiler:trying to commit suicide]], moans about how everyone hates him and that even an idiot like Pignon will hate "meanie Brochand".
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* UnwantedAssistance: Brochand Brochant thinks this of Pignon, after he's managed to fall on him.



** Actually a plot point, when Pignon thinks Marlene is Brochand's sister because her name is Sasseur ("His sister").

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** Actually a plot point, when Pignon thinks Marlene Marlène is Brochand's Brochant's sister because her name is Sasseur ("His sister").



** Brochand is Leblanc's friend, but he steals his wife.
** Pignon to Brochand, at least in the first part of the movie, when he tries to help him and makes everything worse.

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** Brochand Brochant is Leblanc's friend, but he steals his wife.
** Pignon to Brochand, Brochant, at least in the first part of the movie, when he tries to help him and makes everything worse.

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* RedAndWhiteComedyPoster: See the poster here above.


* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Brochand, Leblanc and Le Guerec


* TheCasanova: Pascal Meneaux has this reputation, so Pierre Brochant is very worried when he thinks that his wife is in his flat. This reputation is justified: he has sex with the wife of his [[spoiler:tax inspector, Lucien Cheval]].



* MistakenIdentity: Pignon mistakes Brochand's wife for Marlene Sasseur.

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* MistakenIdentity: Pignon mistakes Brochand's wife for Marlene Sasseur.Marlène Sasseur.
* TheMistress: Marlène Sasseur has been Pierre Brochant's mistress for 2 years.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Christine Brochant, Juste Leblanc, and Marlène Sasseur are all writers. Pierre Brochant is a publisher.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Pignon's Belgian accent, when Just asks him a question he doesn't expect.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Pignon's Belgian accent, when Just Juste asks him a question he doesn't expect.


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* YourCheatingHeart:
** Pierre Brochant cheated on his wife Christine with Marlène Sasseur.
** [[spoiler:Cheval's wife]] cheated on her husband with Pascal Meneaux.


* LethallyStupid: Pignon may be well-intentionned, all he does until the end is making Brochand's life worse and worse.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Brochand is a jerkass. He stole his friend's wife. He cheated on her. He rejects his mistress. Oh, and his hobby is to make fun of people who are idiots in his opinion. In the end, he has thrown his back, his wife left him, his mistress does not want to meet him again, and his incomes will be controlled by the Ministry of Finance. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}}, because Pignon decides to help him even if he knows why Brochand invited him and he manages to reconcile Brochand and his wife. [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]], because finally Pignon ruins everything.]]


* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pignon is at times shown to be not ''quite'' as stupid as Brochand thinks he is - not that that's saying much. And at other times [[ZigZaggingTrope he manages to be much more so...]]



* SlobsVersusSnobs: Brochand and his friends are much wealthier than the people they make fun of. Their difference in taste is emphasized: for example, Pignon and Cheval enjoy watching a popular sport like soccer, whereas Brochand plays golf.

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* SlobsVersusSnobs: Brochand and his friends are much wealthier than the people they make fun of. Their difference in taste is different lifestyles are emphasized: for example, Pignon and Cheval enjoy watching a popular sport like soccer, whereas Brochand plays golf.


* TooDumbToLive: Pignon, although it's not so much that he's dumb as easily distracted.

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* TooDumbToLive: RuleOfSymbolism: The opening scene shows someone throwing a boomerang. The boomerang comes back and hits the thrower in the face. This is a symbol of the fate of Brochand, who intends to make fun of Pignon, although it's not so but will suffer from the effects of his own joke.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Brochand and his friends are
much that he's dumb as easily distracted.wealthier than the people they make fun of. Their difference in taste is emphasized: for example, Pignon and Cheval enjoy watching a popular sport like soccer, whereas Brochand plays golf.


* CrackOhMyBack: Brochand hurts his back playing golf, and spends most of the film nursing his back injury. Said injury is what prevents him from taking Pignon to the dinner in the fist place.

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* CrackOhMyBack: Brochand hurts his back playing golf, and spends most of the film nursing his back injury. Said injury is what prevents him from taking Pignon to the dinner in the fist first place.


Remade in America as ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks''.

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Remade It was [[ForeignRemake remade in America America]] as ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks''.

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