Fun With Dick & Jane - Review
Review by Jack Foley
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes; Clip Compilation; Film Makers Audio Commentary; Blooper Reel.
JIM Carrey’s latest comedy is designed as a sharp satire of corporate America that’s supposed to provide some form of relief for audiences who have grown tired of materialism and ‘keeping up with the Jones’.
Sadly, the only relief viewers may find comes in the form of the final credits, which finally put an end to the whole unfunny affair.
Carrey stars as endearing hard worker Dick Harper, who has spent 15 years serving his company, Globodyne, in the hope of realising the American dream with his long-suffering wife, Jane (Téa Leoni).
When he is finally called to the 51st floor and handed his long overdue promotion by Alec Baldwin’s unscrupulous boss, Jack McCallister, Dick thinks all his dreams have come true and promptly urges Jane to quit her own frustrating job.
But just 24 hours later, he finds himself being made the scapegoat for the company’s financial failure and is swiftly unemployed without a clue of how to continue providing for his plush lifestyle.
When all else fails and Dick and Jane’s lawn is repossessed, the couple turn to crime, robbing stores and re-igniting the sexual chemistry between them in the process.
Fun With Dick And Jane is a remake of a 1977 film starring George Segal and Jane Fonda but Carrey believes the film’s message has more relevance now than it did then.
Hence, the comedy is loaded with references to Enron-type scandals and deliberately takes a shot at the ‘white collar creeps’ responsible for creating a corporation-driven world.
But the comedy itself is so laboured and the satire so forced that nothing about the film rings true. Indeed, it ends up being as desperate for laughs as its protagonists are for cash.
Carrey, too, seems to be working overtime to make the gags work but brings nothing new to his madcap repertoire, while Leoni does her best to keep up but is ultimately fighting a lost cause.
For Dean (Galaxy Quest) Parisot’s film is really just a collection of tired jokes that seem as recycled as the movie itself, right down to Baldwin’s performance as Globodyne’s boss (which is almost an exact replica of his turn in Elizabethtown).
In the final analysis, Fun With Dick And Jane is absolutely no fun at all.
Running time: 90 minutes