So I am a huge fan of Jim Carrey, while generally speaking…no one else is. I have spoken to many people about this very fact, and it always comes back with the same response. They apparently hate the guy. I grew up with Carrey though, and he turned into my idol growing up, so I’ll watch anything he is in, and for the most part, I will love it. “Fun With Dick and Jane” is one of those movies I have seen countless times and just never tire of it. So it’s time to actually review it. Don’t be surprised if it is a bit biased.
His name is Dick Harper (Jim Carrey), and he has just been promoted to Vice President of Communication at Globodyne. His boss, Jack McAllister (Alec Baldwin) has Dick go on Money Life to explain the quarterly projections, but little did he know that Globodyne has been stealing money and giving it to the wealthier, subsequently making stock at Globodyne worthless, leaving Dick without a job. As it turned out, getting another job proved more difficult than imaginable, and when their home goes through foreclosure, Dick and his wife Jane (Tea Leoni) snap, and decide to get into the life of crime to keep his family together.
A good majority of what follows in this film is a montage of Dick and Jane on their mission of crime, watching as each offense escalates, as their hunger for money deepens. The main part of the movie, the most important part is the heist near the end of the film. In that respect it really feels like a reason just to put in jokes before getting to the point. I’ve seen that before and typically hate it, but I think it works simply because I love the comedy…and that’s where I differ from most critics.
Jim Carrey is acting like his plain old self that he has done countless times before, yes. Is it really a crime to love that, though? Some of my favorite movies growing up with was “Ace Ventura“, “Liar, Liar“, and “Dumb and Dumber“. Carrey is an expert in his craft, and absolutely no one can pull off what he can. He has been called the funniest man on the planet by a number of magazines on countless occasions throughout the years. I can attest to that. You can expect to find a lot of physical humor, thanks to good ol’ Jim, but not a whole lot of other kinds of humor. Tea Leoni replaced Cameron Diaz, but I honestly believe Tea was the right choice, as Jim and Tea have awesome chemistry.
I also like the story. Based around a parody version of the classic corporate fraud cases such as Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco, the Globodyne story laid down a pretty solid foundation for Dick and Jane’s decline into insanity. The crimes, and how they go about them are pretty hilarious and can still incite a good chuckle out of me. The only problem I had reviewing this film was the plot. There was a cause, effect, and resolution, sure, but there is no solid plan as to what they are trying to do in the big picture other than the very end. So when the film finally ends up getting into the important part, it feels rushed. The end is intelligently written and concise, and if they gave it just another half hour, I guarantee the film would have gathered a better reception.
Luckily, I enjoyed this film solely because I absolutely love the majority of Jim Carrey’s films. There are a precious few that I’m not so much of a fan of, but most of them I can’t wait to see. I can say, with a smile on my face, that I own this film and have forgotten how many times I have seen this movie. It’s fun, hysterical, and just a pleasure to watch. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m giving this a little bit of a biased judgment, but I can’t help it.