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Fun With Dick and Jane review



Dick and Jane are a successful "yuppie" couple at the turn of the twenty-first century. They have a big new home, expensive cars, and even a mexican nanny to take care of their young boy. Life is good for Dick and Jane.

And there you have a receipe for disaster.

See Dick (Jim Carrey) get a big promotion at work. See Jane (Tea Leoni) quit the job she hates. See it all far apart when the stock of the "media consolidation" company Dick works for drops like a stone when it is revealed that CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) is selling stock as if they were going out of style. The company, unfortunately for Dick and the other employees, goes in the tank. What could make things worse? The pensions that Dick and friends intended to rely upon to substain them until they could get back on their feet are gone, too!

Much of the fun in Fun With Dick and Jane involves are two heroes trying to get back on their feet, and the deperate measures they take. They try legitiment means like getting a job at a Wal-Mart-like store as a greeter (Is it just me, or has Wat-Mart taken the place of McDonalds as the business of choice to lampoon cheap labor?), being a test subject for a new make-up, or getting a job as a migrant worker. None of these turn out to be the right choice. An attempt at robbing a black-light store, a Starbucks, and a chinese restaurant a just some of the lengths they go to. Dick and Jane eventually learn that Jack is responsible for the employees lossing their pensions, so they vow to teach him a lesson is fiscal responsibility.

I have to say that my favorite part is when Dick, at his wits-end, vows to turns things around for his family and runs out into the night to reclaim his reposessed front lawn by any means necessary. When he shows the results to Jane in the morning, she is touched by the clumps of grass scattered about their vacant-lot-like front yard. To Jane it isn't the results, but the thought that counts.

If you haven't seen Fun With Dick and Jane in theaters yet, you could probably wait until it comes out on DVD. It isn't a great film, but it is a fun piece of fluff that I would rank better than Carrey's Bruce Almighty and somewhere around a Liar, Liar kind of movie. Enjoyable, but not really all that great, I give Fun With Dick and Jane a C+.
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