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Fun with Dick and Jane Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

… flailing, spaz-attack … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There's really not much fun to be had with Dick and Jane - or anyone else in this anemic comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Wearing a brush cut that never fits the role, Carrey doesn't do a lot here besides flash those vampire-nerd teeth, and I grew weary of seeing them.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    While the 1977 Fun With Dick and Jane was a reasonably diverting sendup of conspicuous consumption with a subversive if not always razor-sharp comic edge, the new version... replaces smart performances with tired shtick.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Recycles the 1977 comedy right down to repeating the same mistakes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

So-so comedy; not likely to interest kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy includes some cursing and broad physical, occasionally violent comedy. Characters drink and act drunkenly; they make jokes about sex (with two scenes leaning toward activity, one in a married couple's bed and one in the car). Characters steal, lie, blackmail, and cheat to get money.

  • Families can talk about the day laborers joke: while it may be funny to see Dick mistaken for "Mexican," how does this situation speak to real concerns for poor immigrants?
  • Do Dick and Jane learn any moral lessons from their ordeal?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Wronged by the corrupt system, the couple gets even, never rejecting the consumerist ethos that gets them in trouble in the first place.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Despite the smart jokes and sly political commentary, Dick and Jane are still stealing from (mainly) innocent people-- and stealing is wrong.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Dick and Jane rob convenience stores and banks with toy guns; he's beaten, arrested, and dumped over the Mexican border by the INS.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Jokes about prostitution, a married couple "makes a date" for sex; a woman refers to her breasts as "pooties" excited by a robbery, they have sex in their car (scene is brief and jokey).

  • language false3

    Language: Mild language ("screwed," "piss," s-word, one mispronunciation that sounds like the s-word, one f-word).

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: References to Starbucks, cars (BMWs, Mercedes), Sony Vaio, Camel cigarettes, Fanta, Bounty paper towels.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and drunkenness, references to cigarettes and marijuana (as a cash crop, and a single joint on screen).

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