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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, more...
Director: Dean Parisot, Dean Parisot, Richard Graves, more...
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy, Slapstick
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, French
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Synopsis
A not-so-ordinary family finds a new way of paying the bills in this comedy. Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) and his wife, Jane (Téa Leoni), would seem to have it made -- Dick has a high-paying job, they live in an expensive house in the suburbs, they have two luxury cars in the driveway, and a housekeeper, Blanca (Gloria Garayua), to help look after their son, Billy. But Dick and Jane's fairy-tale life crashes head-on into reality when the firm Dick works for turns out to have been using unscrupulous accounting methods to disguise the fact they've been losing money hand over fist, and Dick has been made the fall guy for some of their dirty dealings. Suddenly flat broke, Dick and Jane must find a new way to support their lavish lifestyle, and in time they discover just the thing -- crime. A remake of Ted Kotcheff's 1977 hit (which helped re-launch Jane Fonda's screen career), Fun With Dick and Jane also stars Alec Baldwin, John Michael Higgins, and Angie Harmon. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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A Parody of Our Pesky Reality by JPielaszczyk August 30, 2006 - 3:51 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Talk about living beyond our means! Today's Gross Domestic Product Report notes that regular people like Dick and Jane took $62.2 billion (with a "b") out of their savings to make ends meet during 2006's second quarter.

As a loco, viejo gringo en Alta California (crazy old white guy in California), I was vastly amused by the scenes of the espanolization of the non-Hispanic kid via the good mothering of the warm and available nana.

The shark pool, I mean the business world, is another mirthful realm. Sure, plausibility goes out the door marked "In Your Dreams" to get that paper signed, but dreams might be the only plausible mode of survival for Dick and Jane. (A scarey thought, indeed.) Stick around for the start of the credits for the actual corporate inspiration team roster.

Did I actually read lately that an applicant was rejected for a job because of his resume's font? Those poor briefcase sprinters like Dick gloat over any perceived lead over their peers, but it doesn't last long.

While I'm not drawn to Jim Carrey &/or PG-13 films, for me viewing this DVD was a cathartic experience.

Some "Fun" by talltale April 5, 2006 - 1:49 PM PDT
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Surprisingly au courant for the first half--about the business world, unemployment and the upper-middle-class trying to make ends meet--FUN WITH DICK AND JANE turns silly and over-the-top as it revs up then winds down. The ending is wonderfully positive yet completely unbelievable (just HOW do they accomplish all this?) but the "thank you's" that lead off the end credits couldn't be more timely and funny.

Hollywood rarely goes after the corporate world with any teeth, so the movie is to be treasured for that alone, plus Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni are fine in the leads. Too bad the film had one of the worst "trailers" in history, almost guaranteed to keep intelligent audiences away in droves. Oh, well--the original version with Segal and Fonda wasn't so hot, either.




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