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Fun with Dick & Jane (PG-13)

Release Date: December 21st, 2005 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Garlin, Angie Harmon, Richard Jenkins.
Directed by Dean Parisot.

BASIC PREMISE: After Dick (Carrey) looses his job, he and his wife Jane (Leoni) turn to robbery as source of income.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Jim Carrey is back to his old comedy routine as Dick, a goofy, childish man with a wife who’s just as silly. Dick gets screwed over by his boss (Baldwin) who pockets millions of dollars after the company bankrupts, leaving Dick and his family almost broke. For 99% of Fun with Dick & Jane you get to watch Dick and Jane find money the hard way over and over. The results are unfunny, like when they rob a coffee shop and request a specific beverage while they’re at it. Then, in a more legal method, Jane volunteers for a product test for make-up and ends up with puffed up lips. Meanwhile, Dick gets beaten up by illegal Spanish workers and, mistakenly, ends up with them in jail. This comedy of errors would have been much funnier if it wasn’t so hard to believe the situations. It’s easy to understand Dick and Jane’s motivations, but their transition into their life of crime happens too quickly. Jim Carrey’s performance eventually gets irritating and obnoxious—like his performance in The Cable Guy . Also, you’re never convinced that Dick and Jane are actually husband and wife because they have very little chemistry. Even the final bank robbery fails to pack any punch with contrived, poorly-edited scenes and terrible acting by Alec Baldwin as the ex-boss who Dick intends to rob simply by switching a crucial paper. The entire film seems like a bunch of Saturday Night Live skits that never really go anywhere. Jim Carrey should stick to drama, like in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show . If only he read this outrageous, unfunny script before signing onto this role. Nowhere throughout Fun with Dick and Jane would you get the feeling that it’s based on an original film of the same title with Jane Fonda and George Segal.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Dull, unlikable characters and a contrived plot.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Another unnecessary remake. Silly, contrived, and painfully unfunny. The only real “fun” can be found its title.


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