Me, Myself and Irene
Release year: 2000
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Screenwriters: Peter Farrelle, Bobby Farrelly, Mike Cerrone
Starring: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee, Jerod Mixon, Chris Cooper, Richard Jenkins, Tony Cox
After being stepped one time too many, all around nice guy Charlie (Jim Carrey) develops multiple personalities disorder. When he is assigned to accompany alleged fugitive Irene (Renée Zellweger) to upstate New York a mix up with his pills means his maniac alter-ego Hank interferes.
The Farrelly brothers have a long list of great comedies to their names: There is Something About Mary (1998), Shallow Hal (2001) and Dumb and Dumber (1994), where he also worked with Carrey, to name a few. Never being shy of taking the jokes right to the limit of what is considered political correct (and in many’s opinion beyond), Me, Myself and Irene uses a mental disorder to create jokes and you can choose for yourself if you want to feel indignant about this or whether you want to rejoice in the way they use humour to put focus on a very real problem. Carrey (The Mask, 1994) is well-casted in a role that requires him to switch between two characters and with his expressive facial expression you always know who he is when. He shares sweet chemistry with Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001) who plays her part straight to balance the humour in this far-out comedy. The movie takes you right to the limit (the cow scene) but also have some genuine sweet moments and some incredible kind characters, making this a black comedy that leaves your heart lifted.
the movie is dedicated to film critic Gene Siskel who passed away the year before the movie came out. Siskel gave a very positive review of the brother’s movie Kingpin, personally thanking them for making him laugh so hard.
Picture copyrights: SF Films