THE DINNER

Empire (Australasia) - - On Screen -

OUT 7 SEPTEMBER / RATED M / 121 MINS

DI­REC­TOR Oren Mover­man

CAST Steve Coogan, Laura Lin­ney, Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Char­lie Plum­mer, Michael Ch­er­nus, Ade­pero Oduye

BASED ON HER­MAN Koch‘s novel, The Dinner unites a stel­lar cast de­liv­er­ing top-notch per­for­mances with an in­trigu­ing premise: men­tally ill Paul (Coogan) and wife Claire (Lin­ney) meet over an op­u­lent dinner with Paul’s politi­cian brother Stan (Gere) and his wife Kate­lyn (Hall) to fig­ure out what to do when their sons en­gage in a hor­rific crime they’ve yet to be caught for. It’s all un­done, how­ever, by the fact the char­ac­ters are all deeply un­like­able, Coogan’s Paul be­ing so con­sis­tently rude that you’ll feel com­pelled to throw a punch in the gen­eral di­rec­tion of the screen. Oren Mover­man’s queasy di­rect­ing style only adds to the dis­taste for a meal best sent back to the kitchen. JJ

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