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Fun with Dick and Jane

The Jerry Lewis chromosome is running amok again inside Jim Carrey, and in this remake of the 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda farce, he revels in his usual quota of rubber-faced, talking-in-tongues set pieces. Otherwise, this sometimes pointed, sometimes pointless comedy is pure post-Enron — the tale of a prosperous suburban couple (Carrey and Téa Leoni) driven to a crime spree by sudden poverty and lingering revenge against a giant malfeasant corporation (Alec Baldwin plays the Ken Lay stand-in) that has left its employees in the lurch. Carrey's hilarious job search — stuffy bank, big-box discount store, Mexican day-labor crew — is the funniest part of the film. In the last half-hour, it runs out of gas — oddly enough, just as Dick and Jane Harper begin to get better at sticking up department stores and robbing banks. Directed, without much skill, by Dean Parisot, late of the Monk TV series, this flick is for Carrey fans.

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