Notes: Sony Pictures. 93 minutes.
Jude: Cameron Diaz
Paulie: Annabeth Gish
Luke: Courtney B. Vance
Mark: Jonathan Penner
Pete: Ron Eldard
Zack: Bill Paxton

Director: Stacy Title
Producers: Matt Cooper and Larry Dienberg
Screenplay: Dan Rosen
Cinematography: Paul Cameron
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh

Summary: Five graduate students in the 1990s share a house. Every Sunday they invite someone over for dinner and discussion. Pete has car problems and eventually gets a ride home from a seemingly kind truck driver named Zack. Unfortunately, Zack turns out to be a knife-wielding racist maniac. Shortly into the meal he puts a knife to Marc's throat, and then breaks Pete's arm after he is provoked by Pete's stupid antics. Finally Marc stabs this guy in the back. After a group discussion everyone decides that the best course of action is to bury the man in the backyard and forget the whole incident happened. However, the students have a hard time forgetting about the incident. Instead, they think about what would the world be like if they killed right-wing extremists. They decide to invite over right-wing extremists, treat them to a wonderful dinner, and try to change their political views; if they do not change their minds, they become tomato fertilizer. Shortly thereafter they invite over a reverend whose views are most definitely not politically correct. So they poison his wine. They continue their little campaign to clear the world of extremists and eventually start offering their guests poorer meals and give up on trying to change their opinions. They become so extreme themselves that if you are not a J.D. Salinger fan you wind up on their hit list. Eventually they invite a guest for dinner who is sharper than they are and end up paying in full for their actions.

Commentary: The greatest moments in this movie all occur at the dinner table. In the beginning the meals they "treat" their guests to are very elaborate, but realistic. Later as the five students become less concerned with their guests' final meals they stoop so low as to serve hamburgers. Seldom does the action leave the dinner table. Unlike My Dinner with André the food at the dinner table is shown throughout the film The camera angles almost always allow the viewer to see the dishes that are their guests' final meals. The fact that they are poisoning their dinner guests will help to tame any appetite generated by the dishes shown. It is also funny to note how the quality of the food declines with each guest, and that sometimes they serve meals that are outright cruel. While very little is shown of food preparation this is definitely a food film.

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