Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni play Dick and Jane, two suburbanites who have it made with a nice home, car and jobs. However when Dick is made VP of Communications the company he works for tanks as a Enron-like scandal is revealed (the story takes place in 2000 so hint hint). So Dick is out of a job and the bills are paying off, not to mention months of finding no work. Meanwhile his ex-company’s CEO played by Alec Baldwin is living the highlife after having sold all his stock beforehand. And if stealing was good enough for him…
Dick and Jane resort to robbing everything from convenience stores to banks; amateurs at first they soon develop a taste for it.
The movie actually has a good story behind it, I mean it’s not one of those movies where you get lost. It is quite funny actually however it treads a difficult road where it’s sometimes witty and political and sometimes pure slapstick. This is why Carrey’s best comedic performances are Farlley Brother films like Dumb & Dumber and Me, Myself & Irene, where the movies are completely slapstick and Carrey looks free to just be himself. I guess the idea was to appeal to Carrey’s fan base and new viewers as well.
This is a funny movie but Carrey fans shouldn’t expect to be rolling in the aisles with laughter. I think the best word to describe it is: enjoyable, which by default makes it better than most and a good movie for this season (Brian Grazer really knows how to make the money work). It is pretty family friendly except with an instance or two of language ‘blunders’.
Bottom Line: 3/5