Fun With Dick and Jane
Release year: 2005
Director: Dean Parisot
Screenwriter: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, Gerald Gaiser (novel), David Giler (1977 movie), Jerry Belson (1977 movie), Mordecai Richler (1977 movie)
Starring: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon, John Michael Higgins, Richard Burgi, Michelle Arthur
When Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) is promoted to Vice President of Communications for a large media corporation known as Globodyne, his wife Jane (Téa Leoni) quits her job to spend more time with the family. But soon after, Globodyne’s stock value collapses, rendering all investments, including the the employee’s savings and pensions and the company has made Dick a scapegoat. As money runs out, Dick and Jane desperately turn to crime to keep their house and their Mexican nanny.
A remake of the 1977 movie starring Jane Fonda and George Degal, Fun With Dick and Jane is most of all a vehicle for Carrey (The Truman Show, 1998) during his prime. Teamed up with Leoni (Deep Impact, 1998), Carrey makes full use of his rubber face and ability to make slapstick comedy work, as he tries every possible way to make money ending up as what almost seems as the worst criminal ever. Leoni is mostly overshadowed by her co-star but has a nervous energy that suits her character and Jenkins (Step Brothers, 2008) delivers, as he always does, while Baldwin (Blue Jasmine, 2013) is precisely the kind of sleazy boss you love hating. While entertaining and with several genuinely fun moments, Dick and Jane struggles to find balance between humour and pathos making it inconsistent, however, it is still easy to have fun with Dick and Jane.
The scene with Alec Baldwin talking to the media during a duck shoot is a reference to a President George W. Bush gaff where he talked about the war and then invited the press to watch his golf swing.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures