Lights! Camera! Taxes! The IRS's Star Turn

By Suzanne Woolley and Ben Steverman - 2013-03-27T17:11:31Z

Photograph by Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount/Everett Collection

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Dinner for Schmucks' (2010)

Up-and-coming executive Tim Conrad (Paul Rudd) is invited to a top-secret dinner his boss holds once a month. His boss is a collector, he is told -- of idiots. Executives compete by trying to bring the most idiotic guest possible. Fitting the bill perfectly is Barry (Steve Carell), an IRS employee whose hobby is creating elaborate dioramas with dead mice. Barry's wife left him for another "idiot" at the dinner, co-worker Therman (Zach Galifianakis). Therman believes he can control minds -- especially Barry's. This comes in handy at the IRS, Therman tells Tim: "Men lie to me a thousand times a day."

Tax takeaway: If truth is stranger than fiction, IRS dinner parties must be amazing.

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