Death by PC. That sums up the fate of this alleged dark comedy. Chalk one up for the Political Correctness Police. Despite the photo to the right, this movie is not about food for idiots. It's about a dinner party where each "Master of the Universe" invites a weirdo idiot guest so everyone can make fun of him/her.
"Not nice," you say. The point exactly. The problem with this movie is that it's way too nice. Steve Carell is the lovable schmuck invited to the table by Paul Rudd, who also has a surfeit of niceness. The movie is not without laughs. The problem is these laughs are too polite.
If only the Farrelly brothers had been at the helm. They know how to poke fun at the normalacy-challenged while saving us from hating ourselves for laughing at them. Case in point: "There's Something About Mary"