Fun with Dick and Jane

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Fun with Dick and Jane

Meet the Harpers. They live in a big house in suburban LA, are about to get a hot tub set up in their back garden, have a cute kid by the name of Billy, a dog and a Mexican cleaning lady. Jane (Tea Leoni) works at a travel agency but Dick (Jim Carrey) who works at Globodyne (basically an Enron-like corporation) brings home the big bucks. When Dick is made VP (Vice President) of Globodyne, Jane quits her job and plans refurbishing their entire home. Unfortunately, though, Dick learns in a live TV show that he has been set up by Globodyne’s CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) and made the scapegoat for the company’s bankruptcy. Soon the Harper’s learn that getting a job when you desperately need one has a lot in common with the bull races in Pamplona, that your lawn can indeed be repossessed and that you can pay your Mexican cleaning lady in household appliances. So much for the American Dream and that hot tub.

This comic redo of the 1977 original starring Jane Fonda and George Segal is unfortunately disappointing. Even though Jim Carrey’s rubber face gets its fair share of laughs some other things simply don’t. The disasters like Enron or Worldcom that struck corporate America still stick with people’s minds and may not yet be ready to be made fun of. When Jane Harper proposes to get up early in order to eat at the local soup kitchen, we are inevitably reminded of those whose lives were not graced with a happy end. Fortunately, the movie does not stop there and takes things to a level of absolute absurdity and emphasizes its comic and benevolent caricature-esque nature. The cast does a relatively good job even though it is notoriously difficult to star opposite Jim Carrey. Previous flicks have shown us that he is quite the scene-stealer and he is nearly ubiquitous in this one, which is either a good or a bad thing depending on your taste. There is however one hilarious elevator scene in which Carrey gives us his interpretation of the song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’. It’s great but not enough though to save this mediocre rehash.

Fun with Dick and Jane is rated PG-13. Dick waves a gun around several times.

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