Fun With Dick and Jane

Just so you know (You’ll figure it out pretty quickly anyways), I’m talking about the 2006 remake, not the original.

Plot: 5/5
When Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) is terminated as Globodyne Corporation’s VP of Communications, he assures his wife, Jane (Tea 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 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.

The best movies all have perfectly accurate plot descriptions. I have nothing to add to this, it’s all pretty much as you see it.

Acting: 5/5
This is semi-typical Leoni and Carrey acting. They have moments where they are a serious couple (Carrey is always brilliant when he is serious) and moments where they are over the top and wild. It’s pretty continuous and standard acting from the two, and it is consistently a good performance. It isn’t anything to rave over, but they do a good job in fitting to the characters.

Directing: 4/5
There are some sudden shot changes and areas where you are quite aware of directorial decisions, but for the post part it is pretty unnoticed. I like it when stories flow naturally. This one has some rough points, but for the most part it isn’t horrible.

Other Things
I really don’t have anything to say about this. The story isn’t necessarily easy and it doesn’t flow well at points, but it is one of the best from Leoni and Carrey. It is more American humor than Canadian or British, but I guess you could think of it as an Upper-Michigan kind of humor- an American-Canadian hybrid. It isn’t always slapstick, and it isn’t always dialogue driven… Maybe more of a lower-Michigan type of humor.

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