10 Movie Dinners Gone Wrong
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
In this remake of the 1998 French hit The Dinner Game, Paul Rudd plays a businessman who tries to win a promotion by bringing the biggest idiot to a company dinner party. His candidate? An IRS flunky (Steve Carell).
Flirting With Disaster (1996)
David O. Russell's screwball comedy about a guy (Ben Stiller) searching for his birth parents climaxes in a dinner party that's actually rather pleasant — that is, until one of the guests (Richard Jenkins) realizes his quail was laced with LSD.
The weak of heart (or stomach) might want to click past this one now: This sequel to 1991's Silence of the Lambs contains one of the most gut-wrenching scenes in film history, when Anthony Hopkins, as the legendary Hannibal Lecter, cuts open Ray Liotta's skull and makes him eat part of his own brains.
The Family Stone (2005)
When Everett (Dermott Mulroney) brings his tightly wound fiancée, Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), home for Thanksgiving, she doesn't exactly get a warm welcome from his ultra-liberal family. And things only get worse at dinner, when Meredith calls Everett's brother ''challenged'' on account of his being gay. AWKWARD.
Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom (1984)
Two words: Monkey brains. Check, please!
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
In The Exterminating Angel (1962), surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel trapped a group of dinner party guests in a room for no apparent reason. In this 1972 Oscar winner, a series of unexpected events brings a sextet of diners to an equally frustrating fate: They never get to eat in the first place.
And Then There Were None (1945)
Legendary French director Réné Clair helmed the first Hollywood adaptation of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, in which the guests at a dinner party are mysteriously murdered one by one.
Murder By Death (1976)
A group of detectives (including Peter Sellers and Maggie Smith) are invited to dinner party only to learn that it's actually a murder investigation with a giant cash prize for whoever figures out whodunnit. Boy, if I had a nickel for every time that's happened to me...
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Nobody actually consumes any solids when a young couple (George Segal and Sandy Dennis) spend a booze-soaked night with a professor (Richard Burton) and his volatile wife (Elizabeth Taylor). But while it might not have a dinner party scene per se, Woolf more than earns its place in the canon of awkward mingling movies.
The Last Supper (1995)
In her second big-screen role, Cameron Diaz plays one of a group of five graduate students in Iowa who decide to make the world a better place by inviting radical conservatives over to dinner... and killing them.