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Fun with Dick and Jane

Fun with Dick and Jane
Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon and Alex Baldwin

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Tony  
Release date: December 21, 2005 Released by: Columbia TriStar

For fans of Jim Carrey this is just another half hearted effort. That of course assumes Carrey gives half an effort in Fun with Dick and Jane. We would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of people who will care about this farce of a remake, much less remember it in six months.

Based on the 1977 George Segal and Jane Fonda film about a yuppie couple who turn to crime after their suburban dream turns into a nightmare. Best known in its time for the satirical title taken from reader primers of past generations. In the current version, the story is freshened up with Dick Harper (Carrey) working at a firm looted by an evil self centered CEO (Alec Baldwin).

Dick gets his big promotion only to learn that he will be left holding the preverbal bag on national TV the very next day as the company's losses are revealed and the stock value goes south.

With their holdings tied up in company stock (can you say Enron?) Dick and wife Jane (Tea Leoni) go from shopping for a hot tub to working at a minimum value job, being paid for medical testing.

The story goes down hill from there, the expected eviction notices, being deported, lack luster robberies and the feel good ending all fall in line. All crap manufactured to fill screen time because neither performer can fill the shoes of the original cast of Fonda and Segal.

There are a couple of cute references and an adorable child but that will not "Carrey" a film. There is no soul and no feeling for the times. Had this been based in the same time period as the original or even during the bust after 9/11 there could have been a flavor the audience could taste and savor. Instead all we are left with is the taste of bitterness and an empty stomach, void of any fulfilling entertainment.

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