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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
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by Peter Sobczynski

"See Jim and Tea flail! Flail, Jim and Tea, flail!"
1 stars

“Fun With Dick and Jane” is a comedy poking fun at greedy selfishness–both personal and corporate–featuring a star getting paid $20,000,000+ whose ad-libbing antics, according to a recent “L.A. Times” article, drove the budget of a film otherwise lacking in star power, chase scenes or massive special effects to over $100,000,000+. I mention this not because I believe that budgets are somehow relevant to the artistic qualities of a film–my theory has always been that unless I am personally footing the bill, how much a particular movie cost is none of my concern–but because it is the closest thing to a genuinely funny joke surrounding this wretched enterprise.

In this updated remake of the 1977 Jane Fonda-George Segal comedy, Jim Carrey stars as Dick Harper, an upwardly-mobile corporate suit whose company collapses in an Enron-like scandal that leaves its employees penniless after the sleazo CEO (Alec Baldwin) loots the pension fund for over $400 million. At first, Dick, who wound up being the public face of the disaster when he was sent on live television to assure stockholders that all was well, assumes that he and his family can simply ride out this minor glitch on their savings until he lands another high-powered job. He quickly discovers that those jobs are few and far between and when he actually does land an interview, it is with people who are less interested in hiring him than they are in meeting the guy who had a meltdown on national television. (This is a scene that was done with far funnier results in “Jersey Girl”) After struggling to make ends meet as a mega-mart greeter and as a migrant worker (where he winds up getting deported–ho hp!), Dick and wife Jane (Tea Leoni) stumble into a life of crime–robbing restaurants, head shops and people who have wronged them–in order to restore themselves to financial solvency. After a close call, they decide to pull off one last scam against the CEO whose antics ruined them in the first place.

The original film wasn’t an especially good comedy by any means but it had some points of interest–it was an early attempt by star-producer Fonda to create light entertainment that still gave voice to contemporary social concerns–and some nice chemistry between Fonda and Segal. None of those elements are on display this time around–this is nothing more than a loud, strident and borderline offensive farce that buries whatever social commentary it might have wanted to convey under the weight of pratfalls, wacky make-up effects and elaborate heist scenes that are neither exciting nor amusing. When it does try to deliver social commentary, it is with such ham-fisted condescension that even Michael Moore might find himself turned off by it.

Having proven over and over again that he can turn in a performance as subtle and accomplished as anyone else out there, the sight of Carrey stepping backwards to do some of his increasingly forced schtick is depressing. For virtually no reason, he does scenes in which he plays with a voice changer (endlessly), pretends to be a puppet (endlessly) and sings along with a song playing in the elevator in a ridiculously overstated manner (again, endlessly). He goes through the motions but there is no life to it and he seems to be as bored doing it as we are in watching him do it. (He looks like a elderly comedian on a talk show goaded by the host into telling his famous old joke for the billionth time and is unable to escape.) Even worse, considering that this is supposed to be a romantic comedy, at least in theory, he displays virtually no on-screen rapport with Leoni, whose performance is annoying enough to make a generally unwatchable film completely unwatchable whenever she appears.. (Frankly, Ralph Nader, who makes a brief cameo, scores more laughs in his appearance than the two of them combined.)

Even though it clocks in at a relatively brief 90 minutes, “Fun with Dick and Jane” is as excruciating to watch as it is depressing to contemplate afterwards. This is smug and condescending filmmaking at its worst and its tirades against greed and wastefulness ring especially hollow when they are asking audiences to pay $10 a head for a film without a single funny joke to speak of.

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User Comments

2/21/07 The M'eh Man Meh 3 stars
11/29/06 Stanley Thai A funny comedy. Better than I expected. 4 stars
11/03/06 David Pollastrini not as good as the original 2 stars
10/31/06 ES Not a great movie but I couldn't take my eyes off it, it certainly passes time. 3 stars
7/21/06 Frank Rountree not very funny, pass on this one 2 stars
7/19/06 Anthony Feor Jim Carrey has let me down again 1 stars
6/23/06 George Funny and clever with no story 3 stars
5/20/06 Christine Wilbik I really enjoyed this movie and will watch it again. 5 stars
5/20/06 Kcaj Storyline is quite thin, but eh, it's okay 3 stars
5/18/06 Quigley it was funnier the second time. it is one you may or may not like. carrey is still the best 3 stars
3/23/06 naewar Loved it! I thought this was such a way funny movie! 5 stars
3/06/06 Sean D Fucking great stuff. Not laugh out loud but really fun to watch 5 stars
2/10/06 Monday Morning Not huge ha-ha's but the idea of repossessing their lawn was great. 2 stars
1/22/06 chris f very good movie 4 stars
1/22/06 KingNeutron Hilarious; recommended. 4 stars
1/09/06 The Grinch Cracked my shit UP! Too bad some critics review Carrey's salary instead of the movie 5 stars
1/06/06 Tim the Enchanter I was surprised at how funny it was. This movie is definitely underrated 5 stars
12/29/05 millersxing $20,000,000. BFD. Gay cowboys are doing more box office than JC. 2 stars
12/27/05 John Ross Jim Carrey is too out of control in this film. The original was funnny, this one aint. 2 stars
12/24/05 Quigley jim carrey was pretty funny, but it could have been TONS funnier. don't see it in theaters 3 stars
12/23/05 J-Dawg fuckin hilarious! 5 stars
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  21-Dec-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 11-Apr-2006



Directed by
  Dean Parisot

Written by
  Judd Apatow
  Nick Stoller

  Jim Carrey
  Téa Leoni
  Angie Harmon
  Richard Jenkins
  Alec Baldwin
  Stacy Travis

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