I’m Having A Party, BYOI !
BYOI stands for “Bring Your Own Idiot”, because you’re invited to Le Dîner de Cons!
This French film, directed by Francis Veber, stars Thierry Lhermitte as Pierre, your suave upperclassman with all of life’s riches, and Jacques Villeret as François, your bumbling idiot.
Every Wednesday, Pierre and his friends organize a dinner for “cons“. The English title of the film, The Dinner Game, doesn’t nearly do justice to the title. In French, “cons” means something along the lines of idiots, jerks, dumbos, fools, and schmucks. Translated, the film is called “Dinner for Idiots”.
At these dinners, Pierre and each of his friends invites a suitable idiot to bring to the table, where there is a silent competition to see who brought the biggest idiot. This Wednesday, Pierre had invited François over for an early “pre-interview” before presenting the idiot at dinner, but poor Pierre hurts his back and can barely walk.
It is laugh after laugh as François attempts to help Pierre through his pain. The best part is, none of the jokes are solely French-oriented! Even Anglophones watching the film with subtitles can follow and appreciate every moment as much as the next Francophone.
Even better news for the Anglophones, it appears that Dreamworks will start filming an English version of the film called, Dinner for Schmucks, in October of this year! It is rumoured to have director Jay Roach, star Paul Rudd as the equivalent of Pierre, and Steve Carell as the “schmuck”.
Don’t wait for the English version to come out, Le Dîner de Cons/The Dinner Game is “piss-your-pants-funny” and you should watch it A.S.A.P. !
When my parents told me about how funny they thought this film was, I was skeptical, but once you realize that everyone, everywhere, of different classes experience the same problems you do, you will be a little less criticizing the next time you run into a fool.
Still clutching my side,