Fun With Dick and Jane

Fun With Dick and Jane
Studio: Sony Pictures
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 2005-12-23
Cast: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon
Director: Dean Parisot
Screenwriter: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller
Music Score: Theodore Shapiro
WorkNameSort: Fun With Dick and Jane
Our Rating: 3.50

Credit producer/star Jim Carrey with knowing that this is exactly the right moment to remake the 1977 comedy about a married couple pushed to criminal acts by economic desperation. Following the collapse of his firm, a loony sense of impending doom grips Dick (Carrey) and his wife, Jane (Téa Leoni), as their lifestyle takes a sudden plunge. (Their entire lawn is repossessed, for one thing.) The ensuing relaxation of their personal standards into petty thievery rings hilariously true, and Carrey's slapstick style sells the underlying idea that hard times can turn an Everyguy into a jabbering, pratfalling holdup man. But the movie errs badly when it forgets it's a comedy, ultimately positing Dick and Jane as middle-class antiheroes acting on behalf of little folk everywhere. Robbing convenience stores can be mighty funny (see also: Arizona, Raising); just don't try to peddle it back to me as virtue.


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