|Le Dîner de Cons|
|Directed by||Francis Veber|
|Written by||Francis Veber|
|Produced by||Alain Poiré|
|Starring|| Jacques Villeret |
|Edited by||Georges Klotz|
|Music by||Vladimir Cosma|
|Distributed by||Gaumont Buena Vista International|
|80 minutes |
|Box office||$65.4 million |
The Dinner Game (French : Le Dîner de Cons; literally Dinner of Fools)  is a 1998 French comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, adapted from his play Le Dîner de Cons . It became that year's top-grossing French film at the French box office (second overall behind Titanic ). 
Pierre Brochant, a Parisian publisher, attends a weekly "idiots' dinner", where guests, who are modish, prominent Parisian businessmen, must bring along an "idiot", whom the other guests can ridicule. At the end of the dinner, the evening's "champion idiot" is selected.
With the help of an "idiot scout", Brochant manages to find a "gem", François Pignon, a sprightly employee of the Finance Ministry (which Brochant, a tax cheat, loathes). Pignon has a passion for building matchstick replicas of famous landmarks. Shortly after inviting Pignon to his home, Brochant is suddenly stricken with back pain 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.
He solicits Pignon's assistance in making a series of telephone calls to locate his wife, but Pignon blunders each time, including revealing the existence of Brochant's mistress, Marlene Sasseur (thinking that she is Brochant's sister, since her name sounds like "sa sœur"), to his wife Christine and inviting tax inspector Lucien Cheval to Brochant's house, where Brochant is forced quickly to hide most of his valuables in an attempt to disguise his tax evasion.
In the meantime, Brochant is able to make amends with an old friend, Juste Leblanc, from whom he stole Christine, and through the evening's events is forced to reassess his mistakes.
The film was positively received by critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 74% based on 46 reviews, with an average score of 6.8/10.  On Metacritic, the film received a score of 73 based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". 
At the 1999 César Awards, the film was honored with six nominations of which it won three. The categories it won were Best Actor for Jacques Villeret,  Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Prévost 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.
|Award / Film Festival||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|César Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
|Best Director||Francis Veber||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Jacques Villeret||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Daniel Prévost||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Catherine Frot||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Francis Veber||Won|
|Goya Awards||Best European Film||Nominated|
|Lumières Awards||Best Actor||Jacques Villeret||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Francis Veber||Won|
|Le Dîner de cons|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||17 January 2000|
|1.||"Dîner de cons" (orchestral version)||Philip Catherine, Romane, Vladimir Cosma & LAM Philharmonic Orchestra||2:45|
|2.||"Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire"||Georges Brassens||2:08|
|3.||"Dîner de cons" (Phillip Catherine version)||Vladimir Cosma & Philip Catherine||3:32|
|4.||"Christine et Brochant"||Vladamir Cosma & String Orchestra||0:59|
|6.||"Cheval, contrôleur fiscal"||Vladimir Cosma & LAM Philharmonic Orchestra||2:14|
|7.||"Con à grande vitesse"||Vladimir Cosma & Philip Catherine||2:16|
|8.||"Nincompoop"||Vladimir Cosma & ICE Group||1:57|
|9.||"Pignon décomposé"||Vladimir Cosma & String Orchestra & Guitar||1:21|
|10.||"Marlène Sasseur, nymphomane"||Vladimir Cosma||1:27|
|11.||"Départ de Christine"||Vladimir Cosma & String Orchestra||1:06|
|12.||"Dîner de cons" (Romane version)||Philip Catherine, Romane & Vladimir Cosma||3:31|
|13.||"Louche connexion"||Vladimir Cosma||2:42|
|14.||"Allo, Henry!"||Vladimir Cosma||3:15|
|15.||"Juste Leblanc"||Vladimir Cosma & String Orchestra & Guitar||1:29|
|16.||"Dîner de cons"||Philip Catherine, Romane & Vladimir Cosma||6:03|
|1998||Le Dîner de Cons||French||Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Daniel Prévost, Alexandra Vandernoot, Catherine Frot||Francis Veber|
|2007||Bheja Fry||Hindi||Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika||Sagar Ballary|
|2008||Mr. Garagasa||Kannada||Komal Kumar, Anant Nag, Aishwarya||Dinesh Baboo|
|2010||April Fool||Malayalam||Siddique, Jagadish, Navya Natarajan, Biju Menon, Jagathy Sreekumar||Viji Thampi|
|2010||Dinner for Schmucks||English||Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stéphanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Lucy Punch, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood||Jay Roach|
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