Dave's Rating:


… flailing, spaz-attack …

Who's in It: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin

The Basics: An upscale couple screwed out of their comfy lifestyle by Enron-esque corporate bad guys goes on a crime spree so they can keep their hot tub and housekeeper. Look, they deserve life's little necessities.

What's the Deal? You know what nobody needs? A movie created by and starring a lot of rich Hollywood people who have forgotten what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck. Not only is this thing limp and unfunny, it wants to have its liberal politics on its sleeve while simultaneously supporting the ideas of endless consumption and the primacy of "proper" social status. Everyone involved in this comedy crime should be sentenced to community service building houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Hey, Jim Carrey, You're Better in Dramas Now: This is the kind of flailing, spaz-attack performance he made his name with, filling all the empty spaces — and there are a lot of them — with manic face-pulling and rubbery gestures. It's like he's mad he didn't get more attention for the very cool Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and just went for the big paycheck this time around.

Spot the Fahrenheit 9/11 Reference: It belongs to crooked CEO Alec Baldwin. It's funny enough as a throwaway moment, but it just reminds you that it could just as easily be a middling SNL sketch.

Appropriate Tone at Least: This is based on a 1977 film of the same name that starred George Segal and Jane Fonda. In that one, it was the post-Watergate 1970s and one of the big gags was that in a time of free-floating values, Dick and Jane could justifiably get sexually turned on by their own brazen criminal behavior. This one trades that suburban anarchy for suburban striving, so it's as perfectly in sync with 2000-era values as that one was with its own decade.


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