Fun With Dick And Jane


Directed by: Dean Parisot
Written by:Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins
Released: December 26, 2005
Grade: C-

Dick works at a massive IT company which has just gone bankrupt.  On the day it declared bankruptcy, Dick was promoted to Vice President of Communications and set-up by his boss to be the fall guy.  On the same day, Dick’s wife Jane quit her job at a travel agency thinking that her husband’s promotion would afford her the chance to stay home and look after the kids.

So Dick and Jane no longer have a job.  All their savings (including their pension plan) was invested in company stock which is now worth nothing.  It’s a carbon-copy of the Enron bankruptcy which occurred in 2003.  Believe it or not, there are no employment opportunities out there for either of them (seems strange) and their luxury house has plummeted in value (seems very strange).

Dick and Jane now turn to a life of crime.  They start robbing their neighbours, convenience stores and restaurants.  They use the proceeds to help pay off their mortgage and buy a new car.  I know this is supposed to be a comedy but isn’t this a little distasteful?  Should I feel sorry for a couple who are robbing people who are worse off than they are?  Jim Carrey waves his arms in the air and tries to make us laugh by acting crazy.  Trust me, it’s not funny.

There’s more to this story but I won’t go any further.  I stop not because it gets any better but because I don’t want to spoil it for those who wish to see it.  The ending is hopeless and the short running time (just 90 minutes) suggests that much was left on the cutting room floor.  Jim Carrey is one of my favourite actors but if I ever get the chance to meet him, I’ve love to ask him straight out whether he liked the finished product of Fun With Dick And Jane.  I think it’s the worst film he’s done.

This is the worst film I’ve seen all year.  I was insulted by the entire lack of logic, sense and plausibility.  If you think you’ll have fun with Dick and Jane, think again.  All they want is your money.