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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

aka Fun with Dick and Jane

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Details: 90 mins · English, Spanish · PG-13 (USA)

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Unfortunately I was disappointed by this one as well. It seemed like there was no plot at all and that the entire movie was just a build-up to the last five minutes. I've liked most of Jim Carrey's later movies, and this one is still a step up from Dumb&Dumber etc, but not up to the standards set by him in Bruce Almighty and Truman Show.

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Cast:

Small Dick Harper
Small Jane Harper
Small Jack McCallister
Small Frank Bascombe
Small Veronica Cleeman
Small Garth
Small Joe Cleeman
Small Oz Peterson
No_movie_poster Billy Harper
Small Blanca
Small Dick's Secretary
Small Jack's Receptionist
Small Jack's Assistant
Small Angry Caller (voice)
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Crew:

No_movie_poster Dean Parisot Director
Small Judd Apatow Screenplay
No_movie_poster Nicholas Stoller Screenplay
Small Brian Grazer Production
Small Jim Carrey Production
No_movie_poster David Giler Writer
No_movie_poster Jerry Belson Writer
No_movie_poster Mordecai Richler Writer
No_movie_poster Nicholas Stoller Other
No_movie_poster Nicholas Stoller Story Contributor
Small Judd Apatow Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Don Zimmerman Editing

Plot:

In January 2000, Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) has been promoted to VP of Communication for his company, Globodyne. Soon after, he is asked to appear on the show Money Life, where host Sam Samuels and then independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader dub him and all the company's employees as "perverters of the American dream" and claim that Globodyne helps the super rich get even wealthier. As they speak, the company's stock goes into a free-fall and is soon worthless, along with all the employees' pensions, which are in Globodyne's stock. Dick arrives home to find his excited wife Jane (Téa Leoni), who informs him that she took his advice and quit her job in order to spend more time with their son Billy. Dick has to break the news over dinner, instantly alarming Jane. Dick tries to think positively, and tries for a few months to get a Vice Presidency at other corporations. After getting no job anywhere, Jane reveals that they'll end up declaring bankruptcy in the next couple of months due to their assets being made up entirely of now-worthless Globodyne stock.

After coming to terms with the prospect of being poor, Dick and Jane both apply for low-paying jobs. After being fired from all local businesses, and finding out that they have 24 hours before being evicted from their home, they both decide to turn to crime. Dick borrows Billy's squirt gun and decides to rob a local convenience store, but loses his nerve and merely gets away with a slushy. After several failed attempts, they finally rob a head shop. Realizing that they get a thrill out of stealing, they begin going on nightly robbing sprees. They climb their way up the crime ladder, becoming more professional with each passing night, and eventually steal enough money to redeem the loans on their house and car, both of which were on the verge of repossession. Dick and Jane's last "job" is to rob a local bank by going undercover as corporate security personnel. All goes as planned, until another couple who used to work for Globodyne, Oz (Carlos Jacott) and Debbie Peterson (Stephanie Weir) make an amateurish attempt to rob the bank at gunpoint. The Petersons are arrested almost as soon as they appear, while Dick and Jane escape, unharmed, though without any money.

Sobered by the Petersons' fate, and after learning of the arrests of other former Globodyne employees who turned to crime to make ends meet, the Harpers decide to give up their life of crime, but Dick panics when he sees on the news that he's about to be indicted for his unwitting role in Globodyne's demise. While drowning his sorrows at the local bar, Dick encounters a drunk Frank Bascombe (Richard Jenkins), the former CFO of Globodyne, who reveals that the company's crooked CEO, Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) siphoned off all of Globodyne's assets, then dumped the entire stock, thus ruining the company while getting away scot-free with a $400 million fortune. Bascombe, who is going to jail for his role in the collapse, got a $10 million bribe from McCallister to keep his mouth shut.

After learning about McCallister's scheme, Dick and Jane decide to get revenge, with Frank's help. He tells them that McCallister plans to transfer his $400 million in bearer bonds to an offshore account in the Caymans. All Dick and Jane have to do is intercept the transfer from inside the bank and substitute a fake, transferring the funds to another account.

The plan falls apart, and Dick, in anger, confronts McCallister and demands that he sign a blank check. Knowing that Dick's threats are empty, McCallister mockingly cuts him a check for $100 and leaves the bank. But Dick reveals to Jane that he planned the whole thing: now that he has McCallister's signature, Jane (an art major in college) can forge it.

The next day, as McCallister leaves his mansion, he is mobbed by reporters and former Globodyne employees, all praising him for his generosity. Dick appears and hands him a prepared statement. Reading it on live television, McCallister is shocked to announce that "he" transferred $400 million to a trust fund to support Globodyne's defunct pension plan, in gratitude to all his former employees. As Dick and Jane lead the cheers from the crowd, there is nothing McCallister can say without revealing his own fraud. A news report later shows Dick and Jane delivering pension fund checks to former Globodyne employees (including the now-imprisoned Oz and Debbie), while reporting that McCallister's net worth has been reduced to just over $2,000.

A year later, in late 2001, the family drives a rusty old Volkswagen into the sunset. While Billy is teaching his parents Spanish words, a Bentley drives up to them. In the car is Dick's friend Garth (John Michael Higgins), who tells Dick he's got a great new job at a company called Enron.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2006-04-11