Directed By: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Written By: The Farrelly Brothers and Mike Cerrone
There is often a fine line between funny and stupid. Nobody out there knows how to teeter on that line better than the Farrelly Brothers. They have been making us laugh, and blush, for twenty years now and this film is exactly what I expect from them. A stupid scenario formatted to be really funny. Occasionally I find their movies to be too stupid but there are some exceptional ones. This one is incredibly funny but does tend to get too stupid here and there. However, the laughs this movie offers will challenge those you got out of any film. A funny movie made by funny people with their favorite funny man.
I remember the days when Jim Carrey was just full-on bursting with comedy. In the mid to late nineties the man was so relentlessly funny and everything he touched turned to gold. That all changed somewhere along the way and looking back over his career it seems to have ended after this film. I am and always will be a big fan of Jim Carrey but he has been missing something for quite a while now. I don’t know what that is but I will always hold out hope to see the Carrey of old come back. His talent is undeniable but something has certainly changed about him. He is currently wrapping up the sequel to one of his greatest, his first collaboration with the Farrelly brothers in fact. Dumb and Dumber To will be hitting theaters sometime in the near future and I have high hopes for it. Those guys were hilarious the first time around and I look forward to seeing what they are able to do now. At the same time I have concerns about the state of Carrey’s career when he is going back to Lloyd Christmas while nothing else seems to be working. Jim Carrey if you are out there I am hoping you hit a home run with your next film and I believe in you man, never give up.
While I will never accept it until it is undeniable, this is currently the last really funny movie made by Carrey. He has made a couple of comedies that weren’t bad since but nothing as nonstop funny and over the top. With that being the case, Carrey really went all out in this one. The two personalities of Charlie and Hank gave Carrey a duality to capture two different kinds of comedy. I love when he turns into Hank and tries to pull off a super cool persona. One of my favorite parts of the film is when he slides off the hood of the car in one motion while smoking a cigarette, hilarious. I also love so much about his character as Charlie too. His half-assed explanation about his children being that “his great grandmother was half Italian” is simply priceless. I remember when this movie came out Jim Carrey was seen as such a crazy guy that with each new film there was a prevalent thought along the lines of “what will he do this time?” In this movie he admitted that his antics were too much for even him at one point. The specific scene that made him blush was the one in which he drinks milk from the mother’s breast. He should have blushed too; he was really going to town on that thing. All for the greater good though, you gotta love a comedian that will literally do anything to make us laugh.
Since seeing Chicago and Cold Mountain I have considered Renee Zellweger one of the most impressive actresses of the decade but this film never seemed right for her. This part, the hot girl in trouble messed up with the wrong people, in a film like this. It’s just beneath her as an actress. Granted this was before the two movies I mentioned but it still doesn’t seem like a good career decision. Why did she play a part like this? She isn’t bad in the film I just think she could have done better in 2000. I am a huge fan of Richard Jenkins and always enjoy a chance to see him in any movie. I don’t think this film really showcases what he has to offer as a comedian and actor but he’s here. Chris Cooper is great in the bad guy role. He has a real sinister look to him and a tone in his voice that brooks no argument. Cooper is never cast as a guy that gets picked on, for good reason. Any time I have ever seen him I feel like he is always a character that conveys some power or a sense of danger. The rest of the cast only makes the film funnier. There are plenty of people I haven’t even mentioned that are worth noting. Tony Cox is always great and brings some great laughs to this movie. Anthony Anderson is awesome whether he is being funny or stone cold gangster “Antwon Mitchell” style. He’s like a chubbier Michael Strahan; you can’t help but like the guy because he makes everything he is in better.
This movie is what it is, but when what it is makes us laugh it’s easy to be forgiving as a critical viewer. This movie occasionally is a bit too much but it is funny enough to make you forget about anything that was simply stupid in the effort to be funny. It is a relentless movie that will have your side hurting after all the laughter it provokes. I sincerely hope that in a few months Jim Carrey will give his greatest comedic performance in his next collaboration with the Farrellys but until then I will always be happy to have this one. It’s going on 15 years since this came out but this movie is just as funny now as it was then. Having said all that I wouldn’t recommend a movie this vulgar to my mom, but to anybody else I’d point them toward it and tell them to get ready to laugh. A very funny movie that is worth your time to see.
I love this movie. I never get tired of watching it. I know that a lot of people hate on this one. Actually they hate on Jim Carrey in general, but I don’t care. I love that guy. I love him when he is serious, I love him when he is funny, I just think he is one hell of a person. Also, on a side note, when he dated Jenny McCarthy, he got along famously with her Autistic son, she referred to him as an autism whisperer. THAT makes me love him EVEN more. Back to the matter at hand though, this movie shows what it can be like when a person just finally gets pushed too far. I think we can all (to some degree) relate to that feeling.
The only reason this is a great poster is because of Jim Carrey. He carries it completely and you totally get a sense of what the movie is about. He looks seriously goofy and nice on the left side and the right side he looks utterly like pure evil. The tagline is great too. “From Gentle To Mental.” The thing I really hate about this poster is the typography. And that’s a big one for me. I like that they used different weights for the words, but the outline and overlapping and drop shadow are killing me. Really? Other than that, this poster is really successful. I always know what movie it is immediately, and that’s simply because of the main focus. Jim Carrey. (I love him.)
NEXT MOVIE: Minority Report (2002)