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4/10
tones clash
SnoopyStyle13 July 2016
It's the year 2000. Dick (Jim Carrey) and Jane Harper (Téa Leoni) are an upwardly mobile suburban couple keeping up with the Joneses. Dick gets a big promotion to be the VP of Communications. Jane quits her frustrating job. Then the company implodes after the CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) escapes with the golden parachute. Dick finds himself jobless, and financially stuck with worthless company stock. As the family struggles, Dick and Jane fall into armed robbery.

This tries to tie itself to the modern sense of disenfranchising corporate greed. This story is ready for the update. Putting it back five years does take a little steam out of the movie. The pervasive bitter tone clashes with Carrey's wild-man comedy style. This probably would work much better as a dark unfunny version. Laughs are too hard for this material. It hits too close to home.
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3/10
Silly and Ridiculous Remake
claudio_carvalho22 September 2006
The storyline of "Fun Wih Dick and Jane" is excellent: "executive loses his job; unemployed and without means of maintaining the lifestyle of his family, his wife and he become thieves, and later they decide to steal his former boss". In 1977, Ted Kotcheff, with George Segal and Jane Fonda, directed a great movie.

This 2005 remake is an unsuccessful trial of updating the almost classic movie that became very silly and ridiculous. Jim Carrey simply destroyed Dick Harper, transforming the successful executive engineer of the original story in a stupid, envious and hysterical clown. Tea Leoni did the same with Jane, who was an elegant woman from an aristocratic family that had never worked in the original movie, in a simple stressed clerk that hates her job. The slow construction of the desperate situation of the Harper family of the first movie becomes a caricature in the "updated" version. Last but not the least, the sharp critic to the American Dream, satirizing the hypocrite need of maintaining a status, and also to the corruption related to the big business of the corporations of the first movie simply vanish in this foolish remake. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "As Loucuras de Dick e Jane" ("The Crazy Things of Dick and Jane")
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4/10
Enough of Dick and Jane
Prismark107 December 2014
Fun with Dick and Jane is a remake of the 1977 film starring Jane Fonda and George Segal. After the failure of companies such as Enron in the new millennium this remake starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni was intended to be satire with Carrey's broad comedy.

As a satire its passable with Alec Baldwin playing the Chief Executive who ransacks his corporation and leaves his employees in the dirt. As a comedy it does not really work and never raised a smile with me.

Carrey's Dick is VP of Globodyne Corporation, he and his wife both have a good job, a BMW, a prestigious house and living the American dream with an upper class lifestyle. It all goes horribly wrong when his firm goes under.

Dick cannot find another executive job and both have them to look for more menial jobs before having lost their savings and household appliances they are forced to commit robbery before Carrey decided to turn on his former boss.

As a remake this does not hold a candle to the original. Leoni brings nothing to the table and its left to Carrey to keep the movie being watchable but the satire lacks edge, the comedy is weak and the movie is rather mundane.
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7/10
"Some people have that robbing thing and some people don't!"
classicsoncall2 June 2021
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I didn't find the 1977 version of "Fun With Dick and Jane" all that memorable, and this remake is about on a par with the original. Those who go for Jim Carrey's brand of humor will probably like it, and in a few instances I have to admit, his antics did make me chuckle. Most notable was that scene where he was dressed all in black with a mask and going bonkers on Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin). His gyrations were just so goofy you had to laugh. Pairing him up with Téa Leoni wasn't a bad idea as their chemistry for this kind of picture worked. That makeup job when her face got distorted was kind of hideous though, I'm surprised she agreed to the mutilation. The story seems to be a back handed homage of sorts to all the corporate executives who mined their companies for all they were worth before the final nail was drilled into their coffins. Take note of the screen crawl just before the credits roll and you'll see what I mean.

When I first watched and reviewed the earlier picture with George Segal and Jane Fonda in the lead roles, I made mention of the fact that the movie's captioning X'ed out the name 'Dick' whenever it was uttered on screen, obviously to draw attention away from it's inelegant description of a part of the male anatomy. Since anything goes today in movies and TV, no such censorship took place with this film, but that effort in the first place only drew more awareness to it in my estimation. And once again, I couldn't help thinking of a married couple that are friends of mine with the names Dick and Jane, who I kept envisioning through all the nonsense and shenanigans that Carrey and Leoni went through to get their revenge on the head of Globodyne. Fortunately, they never robbed so much as a gas station.
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10/10
Is this everyone's doom?
lee_eisenberg6 January 2006
Like "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Dr. Strangelove", "Wag the Dog" and "Bulworth", "Fun with Dick and Jane" shows that comedy is the best way to deal with political issues*. Playing off of the corporate scandals from the past few years, the movie has Globodyne executive Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) and his fellow employees getting laid off after the company declares bankruptcy. With him and wife Jane (Tea Leoni) out of work, they have only one option: turn to crime. But soon, they realize that CEO Jack McAllister (Alec Baldwin) is still living pretty, so they decide to do something to him.

They really must have had fun filming this. Whether it's Jim Carrey's facial expressions or any of the sight gags, I don't understand how anyone could find this movie boring or otherwise unpleasant. But overall, I think that it shows how you don't have to make up situations for humor; just look at some of the things in the real world. During the credits, they even thank Enron, Adelphia, WorldCom, etc. A comedy in every sense of the word.

*When you think about it, "It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is all about greed: it shows how people will do anything for money.
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4/10
Fun with Dick and Jane
jboothmillard23 January 2006
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Unfortunately this is not as good as any of the other films that Jim Carrey (producing and starring) and Brian Grazer have worked on together, but bits of it are definitely worth a look for laughs. Basically Dick Harper (Carrey) thinks he is being promoted to a better job. That's until the company of Dynocorpe sinks and closes down. Now Dick and his wife Jane (Téa Leoni), and their son of course, are in trouble with money. No matter what they try, they can't raise the kind of money they really want. So they start robbing a few places. And then they decide to rob the guy that set Dick up, his ex-boss Jack McAllister (Alec Baldwin). I think the most laughable bits are when Carrey's in the elevator singing "I Believe I Can Fly" and the bit when he ties up someone in a robbery, and is speaking with a voice changer (he sounds like a crap robot). Okay!
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2/10
Corrupt at Every Level.
rmax3048235 August 2007
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No need to go on at any length about this frenetic remake of what was originally an only mildly diverting situation comedy in the first place. Guilding the lily? Maybe -- but guilding the Queen Anne's Lace? The action here is ratcheted up to almost unbearable levels as is everything else about the movie.

The original had some physical comedy but this is virtually nothing but action. It's exhausting to look at and listen to. The number of times someone falls on the floor is uncountable. People punch each other in the face and tackle one another on the run and smash into each other's cars, none of which was present in the 1977 original. The editing is rushed. Each shot lasts just long enough to register on a tachistoscope at its higher setting.

Jim Carrey, unlike George Segal, never stops moving. He's manic. When he's not imitating a puppet while standing on a table (for no reason) his eyeballs roll around like the ball on a roulette wheel. Robin Williams is hyper too, but Robin Williams provides parodic laugh after laugh while Carrey is just silly. The score is all junk rock and thrown at us with the tempo of an Uzi. Even under the credits, somebody is shouting a fast version of "The Best Things In Life Are Free" -- and he's imitating Louis Prima.

There's not an original idea in the movie. Certainly, "squeezing another buck out of a remake" is not an original idea. Not anymore. About half of what appears on screens these days is a remake or a sequel. There seems to be a hole in the noosphere -- right over Hollywood.

Oh, well, I guess there is one good joke. Alec Baldwin plays the corrupt head of the corporation that has just gone bust, fired its employees, and bankrupted its shareholders. He's being interviewed by a TV reporter while striding through a field in hunting gear, along with his associate. Asked how he feels about the pickle his former employees find themselves in, he stops and produces some boilerplate. "I'm heartbroken for these good folks," he says. "I'm all het up over it." Then he whirls around, lifts his shotgun, and shouts, "Now WATCH THIS SHOT." (I take this to be a parody of George W. Bush being interviewed on the golf course in a Michael Moore movie.) There. I've gone and given away the good part.
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5/10
Substitutes wit with bombast and satire with flailing about...
moonspinner5513 June 2009
1977's "Fun With Dick and Jane", a serious-comedy about economic hardship coupled with slapstick humor, was ripe for a remake--especially since the financial woes of the mid-'70s seem like an eternity ago. As with the original, this remake begins with an upscale couple hurtled into an uncertain, financially-depressed situation after the husband loses his high-paying job as the recently-appointed VP for a CyberOptics firm. Faced with foreclosure, the married twosome turn to crime, pulling off medium-sized hits until Dick learns he was being used by his former bosses as the fall-guy for their expensive follies. For the first hour or so, this slick piece of goods manages to land a few amusing corporate bull's-eyes, even if (as with the first film) robbery is hardly side-splitting. Still, the final act Big Rip-Off is way over-the-top, mitigating the sharpness of the earlier jokes and turning leads Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni into screeching sillies. The original ran into trouble when it tried to show that Dick and Jane had a conscience--yet went ahead and ripped off Dick's former boss anyhow. This version is equally schizophrenic; our heroes are greedy but not ruthless, and have been treated badly therefore deserve to play by their own rules. It doesn't quite wash, and Carrey's clowning becomes more and more arduous as the plot plays out. The cynicism built into this comic concept (white-collar crime played for laughs) doesn't prod the audience with a sense of recognition. The couple go downhill very fast, and yet don't seem to seek out all the options available to them. The filmmakers go for broke with gruesome gags, but their picture becomes an elongated cartoon in the process. ** from ****
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Obvious spoof of Enron-type corporate greed, comes across as a bit too slapstick.
TxMike6 June 2006
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I enjoyed the movie. I like Jim Carrey in most of his roles, but my favorites are his 'serious' roles in movies like 'Truman', 'Eternal Sunshine', and 'The Majestic', although I hold his role in 'Dumb and Dumber' as one of my favorites of any movie. I also like Tea Leoni, she has a real gift for creating roles, either serious or comedic and here hers is my favorite in this movie. Alec Baldwin seems to have defined himself as a 'heavy' and does justice to his role here.

Here's the premise. Dick Harper (Carrey) is very successful and as the movie begins appears he is headed for a big promotion. He is so taken with the prospects of wealth that he convinces his wife, Jane (Leoni), to quite her job and spend more time at home, being a mom of a young boy. But everything turns upside down when his company does an 'Enron' with the stock going to worthless and everyone losing their jobs. The CEO, Jack (Baldwin) has apparently cashed out, selling all his stock right before the crash, which was motivated by news that he had sold out and profit projections were shams. (Timely, as just a couple of weeks ago right here in Houston Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, former Enron CEOs, were convicted and are headed to prison.)

There are lots of good laughs, but Carrey has a tendency to go too far over the top at times. Leoni is always just right in her acting. While enjoyable as a light comedy, it could have been even better. The end credits thank Enron and other failed companies, a nice touch!

SPOILERS. Unemployed and getting poorer each day, selling everything they own, getting the new sod repossessed from the lawn, and no jobs to be had, Dick and Jane resort to stealing. Each heist, their technique improves, until they almost get caught while doing a bank, and Dick's former coworker comes in to steal at the same time. Finding that crooked Jack is planning to transfer his $400Million to a foreign bank for safe keeping, they figure out an elaborate scheme to have his money wired instead to a newly created fund to give money back to all those former employees who lost everything in the company's collapse, leaving Jack with nothing.
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3/10
Fun With Dick &Jane-See Reviewer Run (Away) *
edwagreen29 October 2006
A serious topic regarding the corporate scandals is foolishly dealt with in this inane comedy.

Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni star in this nonsense where Carrey is promoted as a VP of a corporation and is promptly used for the demise of the business. Naturally, the CEO (Alec Baldwin) runs away with the money.

Reduced to having nothing as Leoni quits her job, the two resort to robbing banks and are pretty good at it until they see fellow workers arrested for doing the same thing. The rest of the film is devoted to turning the tables on Baldwin.

Silly fun with a first grade humor of Dick and Jane. Not recommended for anyone and especially first graders!
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4/10
More Fun with Dick and Jane
wes-connors1 July 2011
"When Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) is terminated as Globodyne Corporation's VP of Communications, he assures his wife, Jane (Téa Leoni), he'll find another job in no time. Months later, their lawn is repossessed, Jane has sold her body to science, and Dick's career as a day laborer ends with his deportation to Mexico. Madder than ever and not going to take it anymore, Dick and Jane turn to the fastest-growing sector in the white-collar job market - armed robbery - as they become upscale suburban Robin Hoods, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor… namely themselves," according to the Columbia Pictures synopsis.

This re-make of the 1977 film starring George Segal and Jane Fonda is surprisingly toned down. The original wasn't a classic - but it was pleasant and somewhat daring, with "politically incorrect" humor and a subversive subtext. Here, the latter is no longer subversive; the former is tamed. If you've seen both films, compare the leading man's botched robbery scene. They've altered Mr. Segal's struggle with the gun in his pants to Mr. Carrey's struggle with his hood - resulting in no "condom scene". And, nothing equals Ms. Fonda's trendy "toilet scene". We should have had more "Fun with Dick and Jane" than this trifle.

**** Fun with Dick and Jane (12/21/05) Dean Parisot ~ Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Richard Jenkins, Alec Baldwin
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Poor story and script!
Gordon-1112 August 2006
This film is about a man who got promoted but lost his job soon afterward because of a financial scandal. The film focuses on how he struggled to provide for his wife and son.

I found this film rather boring. The film really dragged on despite being only 90 minutes long. Many of the scenes were redundant and would not have affected the story at all if they were completely cut out. There were far too many scenes that were meant to be funny and were not. I got rather fed up watching Jim Carrey doing funny faces and strange movements for almost half the film. The final scenes in the big financial institution (I won't say which) were the only scenes that were truly entertaining.

If you have nothing else to do, it is OK to watch. Don't expect too much though.
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8/10
The Remake Does Not Live To Its Potential
sunwarrior1326 September 2012
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Fun with Dick and Jane is a remake of the 1977 comedy of the same title. It stars Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni as Dick and Jane Harper, an upper- middle-class couple who resort to robbery after the company for which Dick works goes bankrupt. Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon, John Michael Higgins, Richard Burgi, Carlos Jacott, Gloria Garayua and Stephnie Weir also star in supporting roles.It was written by Judd Apatow and directed by Dean Parisot.

Dick Harper and his wife, Jane, would seem to have it made considering that Dick has a high-paying job, they live in an expensive house in the suburbs, they have two luxury cars in the driveway, and a housekeeper, Blanca to help look after their son, Billy. But Dick and Jane's fairy- tale life crashes head-on into reality when the firm Dick works for turns out to have been using unscrupulous accounting methods to disguise the fact they've been losing money hand over fist, and he has been made the fall guy for some of their dirty dealings. Suddenly flat broke, they must find a new way to support their lavish lifestyle, and in time they resort to criminal activities.

Remakes are always a gamble, so it's a pleasant surprise that the movie pays off with unexpected dividends. It's as entertaining as the original starring George Segal and Jane Fonda, and the teaming of Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni makes this a safe bet for comedy fans.But the slapstick screenplay fails to achieve its fullest potential.It starts off silly, soon becomes funny and then skyrockets into irrepressible hilarity.But unfortunately,it does not sustain a consistent tone.
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7/10
Unemployment line
jotix10023 December 2005
"Fun with Dick and Jane" reflects, in many ways, what's wrong with our society. We watch in disbelief as more and more CEOs are hauled up to jail and how these unscrupulous people leave their once valued employees to fend for themselves, as best they can.

Dan Perisot directs this remake of the 1977 Jane Fonda-George Segal vehicle and brings it up to date. He counts with two actors that are popular to present this new installment in a funny way, Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni in the main roles.

Poor Dick finds out in the worst way the job he held has just disappeared and must face reality. Dick and Jane must deal with their sudden status as they see their electricity cut, their housekeeper deserts them and Dick suffers the indignity of having to compete with other unemployed, former colleagues, for jobs that aren't half as glamorous as the vice-presidency he almost had.

What's a desperate man to do? Well, being a resourceful man, he must do what he has to. Jane and Dick start a path into taking the law into their own hands.

In a way, Mr. Carrey, one of the producers, mixes a serious problem with his kind of comedy. Jim Carrey is one of the best comedians working in movies today, but he also has an enormous talent for doing some serious dramatic work, as he has already proved. He is a dynamo in the film and turns the situation Dick is facing into fun, in his own way.

Tea Leoni, is equally suited to play Jane, the travel agent who suddenly sees all those comforts she was used to, disappear, and must adapt to her new circumstances. Ms. Leoni and Mr. Carrey do some funny things together, making the film look much better than what could have been. The supporting players, mainly Alec Baldwin and Richard Jenkins make good contributions to the film.

"Fun with Dick and Jane" is a typical example of those holiday themed films the studios love to unload at the end of the year.
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1/10
Shun This Fun
zardoz-1316 June 2007
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Some movies like "Fun with Dick & Jane" (1977) should never have been made in the first place. In the second place, the remake of "Fun with Dick & Jane" should never have been made either. The original "Fun with Dick & Jane" cast George Segal as a sacked aerospace executive who embarked on a crime spree with homemaker wife Jane Fonda to preserve their white-collar lifestyle in suburbia. The new Jim Carrey & Tea Leoni remake casts Carrey as a clueless Vice President of Communications of a World Com-type corporation. He loses his job after his greedy CEO bankrupts the company. Like the original protagonists, our hero and heroine resort to crime to keep up with the Jones. Neither as funny nor as amoral as its satirical predecessor, "Fun with Dick & Jane" the second time around combines low-brow slapstick with high-minded altruism. Fans of the elastic faced "Ace Ventura" comic may split their sides roaring at his knuckle-headed shenanigans, but virtually every joke in this tedious retread is as old and worn-out as Milton Berle's shoes. (Jewish comedian Milton Berle was to TV audiences of the 1950s what Jim Carrey is to contemporary audiences.) Carrey revives old routines that Berle recycled from his vaudeville days for early TV audiences. Two things make the "Dick & Jane" remake occasionally amusing. First, the writers have done an imaginative job of updating the plot's blue-collar crime premise. Second, our heroes' Hispanic housekeeper speaks with a hilarious lisp, so that every time she addresses Dick as 'Richard,' the way that she says 'Richard' sounds like 'retard.' Sadly, even this joke wears thin before long.

As "Fun with Dick & Jane" unfolds, we find protagonist Dick Harper (Jim Carrey of "Bruce Almighty") conducting tours at Globodyne, a mega-media corporation, until the big wigs upstairs decide to promote him to the prestigious position of corporate spin-doctor. In reality, sleazy CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwyn looking like a dead ringer for Bernie Ebbers) hires Dick as a fall guy and dispatches him to appear on a nationally televised TV show to brag about Globodyne's projected profits. Unfortunately, Dick melts down during a hostile interview as revelations about Globodyne's scandalous business practices come to light. Earlier, our happily promoted protagonist had convinced wife Jane (Tea Leoni of "Bad Boys") to quit her thankless job at a travel agency so she can stay home with their young son Billy (Aaron Michael Drozin) and supervise the contractors installing their a hot tub in the backyard. Dick spends three months searching for a new job. During that nerve-wracking time, he watches unhappily as the landscapers roll up the front lawn like carpet, the power company shuts off their electricity, and the bank threatens to repossess their house. When Globodyne tanks, the Harpers lose everything, including their life savings. Briefly, Dick takes a humiliating job at a Walmart-type department store where he greets irate customers. Eventually, Dick and Jane turn in desperation to crime. They rob a Chinese restaurant wearing Bill & Hilary Clinton masks in a clear-cut rip-off of the Keanu Reeves & Patrick Swayze crime thriller "Point Break" (1991) where the bank robbers wore presidential masks. Meanwhile, Dick watches as his fellow Globodyne friends try crime as the same route and wind up behind bars. At mid-point, our amoral heroes decide that crime isn't the answer, so they go after Jack McCallister who landed everybody in dire straits in the beginning. "Fun with Dick & Jane" shifts gears suddenly from a slapstick dumb-show about idiotic amateur crooks to half-witted hucksters out to sting the biggest con artist of them all.

Unquestionably, Jim Carrey ranks as the funniest fellow alive. However, not even he can breathe enough life into the egregious gags in "Fun with Dick & Jane." The best that he can do is incidental stuff, like donning an electrical dog collar that stuns him when he tries to bark. Many of the slipshod pratfalls that he performs here look like deleted scenes from his better movies, and some predicaments appear positively tame compared with the 1977 original. In the first movie, George Segal got his pistol jammed in his pants at a drug store during his first stick-up. Meantime, the sympathetic druggist mistakenly sold him a stack of condoms, because the latter figured the former was too shy to ask for them and instead played a charades routine gesturing repeatedly at his own crotch. In the remake, Carrey brain-freezes himself at a convenience store slurping an ice-cold, slushy drink before a giant bald-headed cashier chases him off the premises when our hero refuses to pay up. The funniest thing about their criminal antics isn't their misguide machinations, but the midget-sized hatch-back of a car that they careen around in frantically during their jobs. Shun "Fun with Dick and Jane" unless you're really and truly desperate for a chuckle or two.
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3/10
Dull
grantss11 June 2020
Dull. Plot feels massively contrived and unrealistic, and, yes, it is meant to be a comedy, not a drama, but it's not that funny either.

Good talent - Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin - wasted.
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6/10
There are better ones out there
TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews11 September 2009
I haven't watched the original, though I can imagine it being superior to this. Dean Parisot, however, I know to be talented... the man directed Galaxy Quest! ...and Home Fries... I guess he gets it right every so often. Jim probably had a lot of "goofing" pent up, that he needed to get out, after a couple of serious films. And Téa is a good, fitting choice to team him up with. They have some great moments, playing off each other. It's too bad that there's so much of this that just... misses the mark. Part of it is that they're both portraying normal people, and, well, it's mainly him... I'm sorry, your average Joe doesn't behave like that. While there are bits of the wackiness(that we're used to from him) that get laughs, and deservedly so, it still doesn't quite "work", because you can't see yourself doing what they do. He's not playing a weirdo, and he's not affected by some form of supernatural intervention, so... I don't know. The plot is fine, and there are unexpected developments. Humor varies, and at least one running gag has them going to the well too many times. The acting is mixed, though there are shining spots here and there(the kid's utterly atrocious, even compared to other child performers). This does hold funny instances, and there are a few memorable sequences. For being about an actual and important problem, this is perhaps overly light. There is a little strong language, sexual jokes and drug references. The DVD comes with an entertaining and informative audio commentary track, deleted scenes, trailers and interviews with the two leads. I recommend this to big fans of Carrey. 6/10
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6/10
Toothless satire remake of a largely forgotten comedy.
george.schmidt27 December 2005
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FUN WITH DICK AND JANE (2005) ** Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins.

Toothless satire remake of a largely forgotten comedy.

Why does Hollywood continue to remake films that are in no way clamoring to be remade? In the latest 're-imagining' of a 'comedy' from the '70s that never registered to begin with the original FUN WITH DICK AND JANE with George Segal and Jane Fonda, I must admit do not remember at all. I was maybe ten when if first came out and when it premiered on cable most of it was over my head for a sophisticated farce about a middle-class couple facing life on another viewing when the corporate ladder hubby has been scaling shakes him free from his ascent to financial security.

In the toothless 21st century attempt to shock the system, Dick Harper (sadly underused Carrey) is a VP wannabe of an Enron-like conglomerate that is on the verge of financial ruin and federal indictments aplenty when its CEO Jack McCallister (a slimily bearded Baldwin) absconds with its pension plans for his own personal gains while alighting on the company helicopter as Dick has been publicly humiliated as the investors' patsy.

Dick's downward spiral continues as his wife Jane (Leoni, ditto) attempts to maneuver their lateral positions for the best even if it means paying their housekeeper in appliances when the money run out.

What could have been a clever skewering of the '00s blight of corporate thievery and deceit comes across as a slap-happy sitcom sized rejoinder to the rat race with the indisposed couple resorting to stick-up jobs at the local mini- mart and eventually all paths leading back to the man responsible for their plight.

Carrey and Leoni make the most of their slight screenplay (by Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller and Peter Tolan) and the ham-fisted direction by Dean Parisot but ultimately the story is rather beleaguered and the send-off ending feels tacked on.

Too bad the comedy that could've been - sticking it to THE MAN - never comes to fruition.
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7/10
I Had Fun
view_and_review16 March 2021
Dick and Jane (Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni) were the very couple most people think about when they think "American." They were white, working, married with one kid, a dog, a BMW, and a house in the suburbs. Even their names were all-American. All they were missing was a picket fence. Their cookie cutter world came crashing down around them when Jane quit her job and Dick's company, Globodyne, went belly up. They were reduced to selling all of their worldly possessions, they even had to pay their child's nanny in small appliances.

When the bank came after their house, they drew a line in the sand. They would liquidate no more. It was time to get criminal.

"Fun with Dick and Jane" was plenty funny. I never knew the word "indicted" could be so hilarious. I suppose that's what happens when a failing company slaps a VP label on a guy and puts him in front of a television audience to field questions about a bogus earnings report. Jim Carrey was gold and Tea Leoni held her own. It was definitely fun with Dick and Jane.
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5/10
Not As Fun as Expected.
anaconda-4065820 April 2016
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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005): Dir: Dean Parisot / Cast: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon: Routine remake about communication and marital union. When Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni lose their jobs and are threatened with bankruptcy they resort to crime in order to live. Setup works due to casual development of the plot that isn't rushed but the conclusion leaves questions as to whether a lesson is learned or is crime a payoff. Director Dean Parisot counters cheap sets in favor of developing the setup, which pays off further due to Carrey and Leoni's flawed methods of executing crime. They are an effective pairing coming from different cinematic backgrounds. They are at their best in crime scenes that backfire leaving them empty handed. Parisot previously made the mystifying comedy tragedy Home Fries as well as the science fiction comedy spoof misfire Galaxy Quest. Richard Jenkins carries a few laughs as an ex-co-worker but Alec Baldwin is a complete waste as the cheating boss in what amounts to being a rather standard role. Angie Harmon even got talked into this. It is hardly an impressive comedy in terms of its production values. Despite the fact that this is a remake the theme stresses the difficulty in living yet Dick and Jane's true fun is in their ability to work through these difficulties as a union. Score: 5 ½ / 10
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7/10
A disappointment, but an enjoyable one
zetes17 April 2006
The film aims at being a good satire. It is a remake of a 1977 film that I haven't seen, but this version is very rooted in modern events. It takes the Enron scandal as a starting point and depicts an upper middle class culture where many people are fighting it out for a few jobs. After attempting to work at a Wal-Mart clone and even as a day laborer, Jim Carrey gives up and decides the only way to get what he deserves is to steal it. He and his wife (Téa Leoni) go on a crime spree. The movie does have some anger behind the story, and it does have some satirical teeth. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite bite hard enough. A combination of mediocre direction and poor editing make a lot of the comedy sequences – many of which feel like, with a good rewrite, they would have been gut-busting – fall somewhat flat. I also imagine that the screenplay went through many hands, and the rewriting that it did get was more of a watering-down. There's also a weird thing that happens in the background. All over the place we see Gore/Liberman signs and bumper stickers, which works to set the film in 2000. For a long time, I was wondering why the filmmakers were blaming Bill Clinton, still for some reason every conservative's whipping boy, for all these corporate scandals when, more often than not, the CEOs and CFOs were die-hard, campaign-contributing Republicans (there isn't a single Bush/Cheney sign to be seen). I'm still not sure why all the Gore/Liberman signs, but the only reason the film is set in 2000, it turns out, is to set up a joke whose punchline only comes in the film's final moments – one character announces that he finally got a new job – at Enron. It's a joke that doesn't even make sense, and one that is certainly not funny, though it's meant to be. So, anyway, all that needs some more exploration. I imagine that the filmmakers had a good idea that never fully came to fruition. Anyway, the film is something of a failure, but I laughed, and I did enjoy it. I also thought it was very historically interesting.
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7/10
Fun it was.
deloudelouvain13 November 2019
Fun With Dick And Jane, a crime comedy for people who like Jim Carrey. Not every comedian gets away with silly faces and mimics but Jim Carrey is one of them. He has that funny expressive face that will make me laugh all the time. This movie is a bit more dramatic than what we are used to with him, but still it has some good hilarious moments. Téa Leoni is the perfect match for Jim Carrey in this comedy. Basically if you're a Jim Carrey fan you will like this movie as well. I am so I had a great entertaining evening. One of the better ones with Jim Carrey.
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5/10
A Nutshell Review: Fun with Dick and Jane
DICK STEEL30 January 2006
This is a remake of a 1977 comedy of the same name, an update of the same premise of your happily married couple who found themselves in debt and having to rob in order to pay the bills.

Starring Jim Carrey (who produced this movie) and Tea Leoni, they're Dick and Jane Harper, who are living the American dream, with nice house, nice car, nice kid, nice housekeeper, and nice family dog too. A promotion to Vice President of Communications in a conglomerate makes Dick Harper arrive. But only for a day as his first task is to make the televised announcement of his company's finances, and found out that the company is in dire straits.

So begins the barrage of comedic situations where Dick and Jane struggle to sustain their livelihood with the minimal amount of resources, with situations even as absurd as getting deported. The jokes are not laugh-a-minute, and at times seemed too contrived, even for a Jim Carrey movie. We know what he's capable of, but in this movie, he's somewhat restrained in his delivery, perhaps having to share screen time with a partner in Leoni made him cut down the antics? But the movie's obvious jab is on the recent spate of corporate scandals, and in that it does quite well, working them into the movie with no holds barred. It even had the cheek to give special thanks in its credits to the executives at Enron, WorldCom, and had a direct reference to the shredding episode of now-defunct auditing firm Arthur Andersen.

Alec Baldwin certainly had a field day as the villain of the movie, the CEO of the conglomerate Globodyne who siphoned off every penny from the company before it collapse. Is he going on the decline, having to play supporting roles, and the "bad guy" as well, the latest in recent memory being another CEO in Elizabethtown? Hmm.

Is this comedy memorable? Sadly no. It's OK for the occasional laughs, but absolutely nothing to make you laugh in tears. Fans of Jim Carrey, you'll lament the good old days. Bring them back!
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7/10
Jim Carrey Steals The Show!
namashi_124 April 2014
A remake of the 1977 American comedy film of the same name, 'Fun with Dick and Jane' is indeed some good fun! And Jim Carrey, Steals The Show with a towering act!

'Fun with Dick and Jane' Synopsis: The day before Globodyne's stock tanks, a la Enron, and its pension fund evaporates, the corporation's CEO and CFO set up middle manager Dick Harper to be the public face of the disaster. Jobless, and with no savings, pension, or home equity, Dick and his wife Jane sink slowly into poverty. He looks for work (as do all former Globodyne executives); he even tries day labor with the relatives of their Mexican nanny. A foreclosure notice sends Dick and Jane over the edge into a life of blue-collar crime. Then, as things finally look up, the report of an looming indictment pushes Dick and Jane toward a denouement with the real criminals, the white-collar guys.

'Fun with Dick and Jane' is throughly entertaining & engrossing. At 90-minutes, this 2005 Box-Office Hit, succeeds by arresting its viewer's attention. Its got humor as well as emotional moments, to lead the narrative. Judd Apatow & Nicholas Stoller's Screenplay deserves brownie points. Dean Parisot's Direction is note-worthy. Cinematography is first-class. Editing is just right.

Performance-Wise: Its Jim Carrey all the way. He triumphs with a towering act! He's the soul of the film. Téa Leoni supports Carrey, wonderfully. Alec Baldwin is nicely menacing, while Richard Jenkins is perfect, as always.

On the whole, Go Have 'Fun with Dick and Jane'!
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7/10
I had fun with Dick and Jane
Smells_Like_Cheese30 January 2006
Well, was this the best Jim Carrey comedy? Not really, but it is one of his better late one's. I think because I have had the week from heck, I just needed a good laugh, thanks to Jim. :) Anywho, Dick and Jane are two average Americans who follow by the rules and manage a reasonable budget. When the company that Dick owns goes broke, he is fired, he and Jane are now in trouble when Dick cannot find a job fast enough. Piece by piece they are loosing or having to sell their stuff, when Dick receives an eviction notice, he and Jane have had it and will no longer play by the rules to live their lives once again. With a cast who seemed to enjoy making the film, I think this was over all a funny movie to watch and would recommend it.

7/10
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