SanjayAug 9, 2006One of the funniest movies ever made...
DaveC.Dec 23, 2005This is one of those films a lot of people will miss; it will fall between the cracks of bigger holiday movies or other family activities, and the rest will be scared off by the critics. Too bad, because it's actually quite an enjoyable farce of our society. Sure, it's cartoonish at times, but in this way it resembles one of those political cartoons in the newspaper -- the kind you cut out and hang on your refridgerator because it made you laugh so much. Do yourself a favor: go see it, or at least rent it.… Expand
May 14, 2013While certainly worlds away from Jim Carrey's best work, Fun with Dick and Jane provides plenty of laughs and satisfactory poke in a world where embezzlement and fraud within large corporations is very much in control.
Carrey plays Dick Harper, a man who has worked his whole life to achieve what he feels he deserves, the VP of Communications at the firm he works at, Globodyne. What he is unaware of, which eventually he finds out live on air, is that the company's stock is plummeting after CEO Jack McCallister mysteriously buys out 80% of his stock, thus surging the company into bankruptcy.
As Dick and his wife Jane (Tia Leoni) contemplate life without all of their luxuries, which eventually winds down to life even without the basics, they must come up with a way to get out of their predicament, which of course involves the other side of the law.
The film starts off in style, with Carrey's pristine comic timing setting up a wild ride of hilarious missteps for the hapless couple, but there are too many gaping plot holes that prevent this film from being so much better than it ended up being.
The scenes involving our two leads turning to crime are quite funny, and also when hundreds of employees apply for the same job sets up quite a hilarious surge to the top floor. But the dramatic downturns of the Harpers fortune definitely brings down the intended tone of the film, with one mishap after another, the film seems to open up avenues but doesn't explore them to their potential, instead shortening the film to give Carrey room to play, while Leoni tags along, seemingly undeterred by how quickly her marital life has spiralled out of control.
On the case of the cast, Carrey is on fine form as Dick Harper, is bursting energy which is now his signature is in full force here, but his screen time is shared mostly with Leoni who also puts in a good performance, again, the problem here being that there isn't much in the way of chemistry outside of these two, again something not fully explored.
Alec Baldwin also stars as greedy Globodyne CEO McCallister, his limited screen time is unfortunate as he is played out as quite an interesting character, buy one who ultimately isn't done much justice.
Its got its flaws, but for an easy sit down of enjoyable quips and far-fetched situations, this is a movie that might be worth a look.… Expand
PatC.Aug 27, 2007Some funny moments, but nothing really refreshing.
SteveP.Dec 27, 2005Jim Carrey is my boy -- he often makes me laugh just looking at him. But J.C. is just collecting a paycheck with this one (or he can't find a decent script to work with). It's just not that funny. The only truly funny scene is so racist that you (should) feel guilty for laughing. And it felt really long. Wait for video if you must see it, but if you could be doing anything else, don't even waste your time.… Expand
IGiveUpDec 21, 2005Oh My God this was awful. Run don't walk away from the theater.