'Fun With Dick and Jane'
(Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2006 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: 'Fun With Dick And Jane' provides comic relief alongside a relevant look at today’s corporate scandals. In the film, Dick Harpers’ (Carrey) years of hard work finally pay off when he is promoted to vice president of Globodyne, a worldwide business leader. After exactly one day at his new job, Globodyne is destroyed, leaving him and his loving wife, Jane (Leoni) without financial security. This sudden reversal of fortune has left them both unprepared to give up their comfortable lifestyle and Dick comes up with the brilliant idea of turning to robbery to pay the bills. Utilizing newfound skills, Dick and Jane exact hilarious revenge while teaching big business a lesson.
DVD Verdict: In all truth, 'Fun With Dick and Jane' does not end up being as much fun as we'd like it to be. That said, it has got its funny moments! The movie revolves around the title characters and their fun filled life. They both have high paying jobs, when the amazing happens: Dick gets promoted as the new VP Chairman of a big business. Because of the new promotion, Jane quits her job, Dick orders some new things for the house, and life is just perfect. Unfortunately, it turns out Dick was promoted to be a scapegoat for the corporation, and Dick is thrown on TV to explain to the world why the CEO (played by Alac Baldwin) has just cashed in on all the stock he owned, and why the company has gone bankrupt. Dick has no answers, and suffers all this humiliation just to wind up without a job. A few months later, both Dick and Jane can't find work, and they are reduced to crime to make themselves money so they can live. Strangely enough, this is where the movie takes a dive. Instead of being like Robin Hood and taking from the rich and greedy, they steel from the poor and good people who work hard to make an honest buck. Kind of hard to root for the main characters when they are robbing an old-timer who runs a gift shop store. Again, I won't deny that 'Fun With Dick and Jane' isn't funny! This movie does contain some laughs, and there are even a couple scenes that are gut-splitting funny. However these moments aren't frequent enough, and most of the laughs are mere chuckles then genuine laughs. This also isn't Jim Carrey's best work to date either. Considering he made this movie after making the very intriguing (and strange) "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," this movie seems like going back to the basics for him. Tea Leoni is also annoying, playing the same hyperactive mom she's played in the last five or seven films she's made. Dick and Jane eventually do make an effort to get even with the evil CEO who put them (and other families) in misery, but by then it feels like too little too late. By now we've gotten the message that corporations are evil, and we don't like Dick and Jane very much at this point. This movie tries to make a point that people with money are evil and selfish people, but then the movie contradicts itself by saying the same thing about poor people who live an honest life. Oh, and according to the banners in this movie, Gore won the election. Ho, ho! Fans of the film will be happy to know that Sony didn't skimp on special features, giving you all the extras you could ask for. Start with a commentary featuring director Dean Parisot and writers Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller. Mind you, you should be warned that the first 15 minutes of the Commentary Track are nothing to do with the movie but the Enron scandal! The gag reel is OK, so too the collection of delted scenes, but the real gems are the publicity outtakes of Carrey and Leoni hamming it up during interviews! Some of those clips are actually funnier than scripted moments in the film itself! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Filmmakers Audio Commentary with Director Dean Parisot and Screenwriters Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller
Publicity Junket Comedy Outtakes – a hilarious outtake reel of Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni taken during interviews from the theatrical publicity campaign
Subtitles: English, French
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)