Plunged into poverty by a vast corporate swindle, self-satisfied suburbanites Dick (Carrey) and Jane (Leoni) Harper turn to armed robbery to reverse their downward spiral.
DICK: “Oh come on, Jane, you never worked a day in your life. You can’t type and you can’t take shorthand.”
JANE: “I’m a college graduate, reasonably intelligent, not altogether unattractive.”
DICK: “Yes, but will you be happy being a hooker?”
JANE: “Interesting that the only two jobs you consider me qualified for are secretary and hooker.”
DICK: “You’re not qualified to be a secretary…”
Not the sort of banter you’d expect to hear in a bright ’n’ breezy Hollywood rom-com. That’s because you don’t. Not in this one, at least; that exchange comes from the original 1977 Dick And Jane, a razor-sharp satire on class struggle and the evaporating America dream, which adroitly masquerades as a screwball star turn. It’s a scene referenced in Dean Parisot’s retread. When corporate malfeasance sends affluent suburbanites Dick and Jane Harper (Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni) to the poor house, Dick suggests prostitution as a possible remedy. “No, honey, I mean me!” he says, registering his wife’s horror. Ha ha. So, another fine example of ’70s subversion emerges lemony-fresh from the remake laundry, all unseemly traces of satire washed away.
Well, not quite. The modern Dick and Jane are certainly cuter than the George Segal-Jane Fonda version and the original’s rancorous battle-of-the-sexes bickering is sadly absent. But the liberating kick they get from a riotous spree of armed robberies, their anarchic revenge on the society that screwed them, is a pertinent comment on the malaise of the modern American middle classes. Okay, so the principal targets (Enron-style corporate greed and the fuck-you hubris of the super-rich) are softer, but they’re fired on with merry precision. Dick & Jane has all the trappings of slick Hollywood product, glossy and refined to within an inch of its life, but it also has at least the semblance of a moral conscience.
And anyone who expects more from a Jim Carrey vehicle than sideswipes at plundering plutocrats, rest assured that it is also rather funny. He’s back on top slapstick form and brews up great chemistry with Leoni. In its best moments — like the scene where the giggly couple, high on crime, hold up a scumbag executive, their voices insanely disguised by vococers — Dick & Jane proves as much fun as watching a crooked fat cat get his comeuppance.
This softer remake of the barbed 1977 original keeps the laughs coming while taking timely potshots at the greed of modern corporate culture.
Reviewed by Simon Braund
I cant believe how many "reviewers" below said it wasnt funny....this is laugh out loud funny. One of Carrey's best, and Alec Baldwin in a role made for him. SO SO GOOD. ... More
Posted by Samurai7 at 15:10, 07 July 2011 | Report This Post
|Bores with Dick and Jane|
I couldn't even watch it to the end. What happened again? ... More
Posted by t_bell at 18:42, 14 April 2008 | Report This Post
| RE: Fun With Dick and Jane|
A monumentally stupid movie.
I prefer my comedies to have some heart along with the gags and yet here we are supposed to sympthise with a couple who keep a nanny/housekeeper on despite both being unemployed? ... More
Posted by JagLover at 12:55, 11 December 2007 | Report This Post
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Quite enjoyed this. It was a bit of good fun and pretty amusing.
Worth a watch for a brainless comedy. ... More
Posted by shool at 10:19, 11 December 2007 | Report This Post
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as a carrey fan, im quite disappointed wit dis film. carrey and leoni are great actors but there could have been a lot more effort put into the script even just for pure comedy value. i know its a film but not realistic in the slightest. boring enough to put me to sleep though!!! ... More
Posted by clairefoetus at 16:29, 06 November 2007 | Report This Post
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As a Carrey fan you will find things to like about Fun With Dick And Jane, I myself believe the Canadian comic is among cinemas greatest funnymen and thus for me the film felt like an entertaining enough way to pass 90 minutes. Still when compared to work like Liar Liar and the first Ace Ventura movie, not to mention more serious hits like The Truman Show Fun With Dick And Jane comes of rather weak. The main problem is the script, something which bar the odd physical gag by Carrey feels weak an... More
Posted by Daniel Kelly at 10:44, 29 September 2007 | Report This Post
|fun and funny|
funny flim with amazing plot and some herouis moments ... More
Posted by ryanand conor at 15:46, 17 July 2007 | Report This Post
|Fun With Dick And Jane|
As a Jim Carrey fan, I look forwards to his films with the usually reliable knowledge that I can expect to be entertained, I love his more serious work, which he's underrated for. But this was just not funny, its not down to the Carrey or Leoni, the script is just dire. It seemed to go on forever, it was like watching paint drying before my eyes. It woulda perhaps been interesting to see if it were any better had Cameron Diaz not pulled out. Unlikely though. Carreys worst film. ... More
Posted by zombiewarehouse at 15:44, 14 March 2007 | Report This Post
|not so much fun|
Rarely, though, has a title been as misleading as Fun With Dick And Jane. There's Dick. And there's Jane. But the 'Fun' part got lost somewhere along this ill-fortuned remake's tortuous trek to the multiplex.
It aims to update the original's satire of cutthroat capitalism. Which sounds promising, in principle. In practice, though, it gets snared in the same compromise as the George Segal-starring 1977 version.
Posted by moviemaniac2 at 13:34, 05 January 2007 | Report This Post
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Awful. Just godawful. Came out on DVD this week and I don't suggest anyone buy it. However, it was the inspiration for one of my more entertaining reviews...
http://gorillarodeo.com/funwithdickandjane.html ... More
Posted by gorilla rodeo at 18:37, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post
L: David Somerset
An unfunny script, a stupid story, an unfunny leading lady? No problem, pop Jim in there and people will go see. If Mr C had been absent this would never have even been made.
going to have to agree with David here. I really disliked this film, Carrey and Baldwin were the only reason I didn't walk out. Tea Leoni should never be allowed to do a comedy again, she was appalling, and the script was not funny in the slighest, I laughed about flaming once, not one I shal... More
Posted by Bruce Wayne at 22:33, 02 April 2006 | Report This Post
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I found this a bit disappointing. It has its moments, mostly in the middle of the film where Carrey and Leoni cut loose and engage in several funny robberies, but it takes nearly 40 mins to get going and the set-up is more depressing than amusing. The Baldwin-led ending is also predictable and flat, which is a shame.
I love Carrey but he phoned this in and bizarrely I found Leoni much funnier. The script needed serious tightening IMO and there are only a few good jo... More
Posted by Caster at 20:00, 02 April 2006 | Report This Post
|No fun with Dick and Jane|
The most disappointing let down of the year. For what could have been a great movie, we get a crap movie with unfunny moments and over the top performances. After wanting to see this for months and knowing it was a huge hit in America, I was eager to see this. How it got two weeks at number 1 on the UK box office I don't know. The movie does not at all live up toits title name. ... More
Posted by premierbaron at 21:34, 18 March 2006 | Report This Post
Pointless crap, with a few laughs ... More
Posted by Naweed_1 at 12:35, 12 March 2006 | Report This Post
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I really enjoyed this, although me & my mate were the only people laughing at it!
I thought it was really well-done: my personal favourite being the son who spoke English with a Mexican accent. p;
I kinda had the feeling halfway through that I shouldn't be finding it funny; robbing a person at an ATM? Hilarious! Fighting - literally - with hundreds of your former colleagues for the same job: hysterical! These are things that should ring warning bells in your head, should make y... More
Posted by JV at 20:59, 02 March 2006 | Report This Post
|Good Comeback carrey|
I THINK FUN WITH DICK AND JANE IZ A FUNNY YET SLICK FILM IT IZ A GOOD COMEBACK FOR JIM CARREY WHO HADNT BIN IN MANY FILMS FOR A WHILE!!! BT ANYWAYZ U WILL HAVE A LAUGH WEN U WATCH DIS FILM IT HAS A HILLARIOUS PLOTLINE ITS LIKE A SPOOF VERSION OF OCEANS ELEVEN A GREAT "MUST SEE COMEDY" ... More
Posted by haz_hamid at 18:32, 11 February 2006 | Report This Post
This film is fun. It doesn't try to be something it isn't and just goes for laughs and there are plenty of them. Carey and Leoni are likeable leads. Just go see and enjoy. ... More
Posted by avfc999 at 08:39, 09 February 2006 | Report This Post
|Don't Take it seriously|
silly but enjoyable ... More
Posted by omarx at 11:50, 08 February 2006 | Report This Post
|Fun with Dick and Jane|
Best comedy I have seen this year. Why are so many people giving it a mere two stars? It truly deserves my rating. ... More
Posted by Nathan_Allen at 20:50, 01 February 2006 | Report This Post
An unfunny script, a stupid story, an unfunny leading lady? No problem, pop Jim in there and people will go see. If Mr C had been absent this would never have even been made. ... More
Posted by David Somerset at 13:23, 31 January 2006 | Report This Post
| Carrey takes on Corporate America (3 stars NOT 1!)|
This film is by no means a classic or even a great Carrey comedy. What this film does do is take a brave a quite touching pop at the sometimes inhumane and cruel ways big corporations make their money and also at President Bush's warped view of a "prosperous America".
Carrey and Leoni are brilliant as the desperate couple, but Alec Baldwin's turn as the greedy CEO is brilliant. This cameo is highlighted by the hilarious scene which takes a swipe at President Bush's classic "watch this driv... More
Posted by stuartg at 14:01, 26 January 2006 | Report This Post
|fun with dick and jane|
If there is one thing Jim Carrey does well it's make people laugh. While we all know that he is capable of doing more serious roles most people all still love and miss the rubber faced comedian at work. In Fun with Dick and Jane Carrey shines and relishes this role as a dedicated corporate worker ready to make the next step on the ladder to success, however his world comes crashing down around him when the company he works for goes bust and the CEO played by Alec Baldwin runs off with all the mo... More
Posted by jtmedia at 11:03, 23 January 2006 | Report This Post
|Fun with Dick and Jane?|
This isn't a bad film, nor is it a particularly memorable one. It's an inoffensive blast through a lot of at first subtle Bush Administration mocking (then beat-round-the-head-with non-subtlety), and an alright disaster to triumph comedy.
Sure, it's hardly a materpiece but it certainly whips through it's shy of 2 hours running time; and the fact it's shot at 2.35:1 means any rom-com drearyness is stamped out by proper cinematic direction.
Worth going for fun with Dick and Jane? Yes, ... More
Posted by Keyser_So_So at 09:41, 22 January 2006 | Report This Post
Jim Carrey has prooved himself as an accomplished, versatile actor. In 'Eternal Sunshine...' he put in a simply magnificent peroformance, as in 'The Truman Show'. In his latest movie, he is pretty much reduced to slapstick gaggety - although I wouldn't say that this is a particularly slapstick movie. In fairness, there aren't that many funny moments in it, it's hardly laugh out loud, more chuckle-tastic, and the concept isn't executed to the full extent it could have been, (there could have been... More
Posted by Nandroid at 14:00, 21 January 2006 | Report This Post
| Fun With Dick and Jane|
Sometimes it seems as if there are two Jim Carreys currently making films in Hollywood. It's hard to reconcile the man who delivered such subtle, sensitive performances in man Shown on the Moon]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindthe gurning, gesticulating character whose slapstick antics made him a superstar in the 90's. But these are two sides of the same man and h Dick and Janeilm which sees 'Wacky Jim' back on the big screen once more.
The film is a remake of the 1977 caper which star... More
Posted by Philconcannon at 22:34, 14 January 2006 | Report This Post