Me, Myself & Irene

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Me, Myself & Irene
Me, Myself and Irene Posters.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Produced by Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Charles B. Wessler
Bradley Thomas
Written by Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Mike Cerrone
Starring Jim Carrey
Renée Zellweger
Chris Cooper
Robert Forster
Richard Jenkins
Narrated by Rex Allen, Jr.
Music by Pete Yorn
Lee Scott
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Christopher Greenbury
Production
company
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 23, 2000 (2000-06-23)
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
German
Budget $51 million
Box office $149,270,999

Me, Myself & Irene is a 2000 American comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers, and starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger. Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins, Daniel Greene, Anthony Anderson, Jerod Mixon, and Mongo Brownlee co-star. The film is about a Rhode Island state trooper named Charlie who, after years of continuously suppressing his rage and feelings, suffers a psychotic breakdown which results in a second personality, Hank. This was also Carrey's first role in a 20th Century Fox film.

Plot[edit]

A narrator (Rex Allen, Jr.) introduces Charlie Baileygates (Jim Carrey), an 18-year veteran Rhode Island State Police trooper who has been taken advantage of by people throughout most of his life.

Immediately after marriage, his wife, Layla (Traylor Howard), cheats on him with a dwarf African-American limousine driver named Shonté (Tony Cox), who, like Layla, is a member of the high-IQ group Mensa. Charlie's friends try informing him of his wife's infidelity, but he denies the possibility. One year later, Layla runs off with Shonté, leaving Charlie to raise three biracial sons who are the products of Layla's adulterous affair with the limo driver (and one of whom is actually named Shonté, Jr.).

Charlie never sees his wife again. He raises his illegitimate triplets (Anthony Anderson, Jerod Mixon, Mongo Brownlee) allowing them to watch Richard Pryor stand-up and feast on sweets. Two of the three become obese, and all are foul-mouthed young adults, but they are also highly intelligent (like their biological parents) and they treat Charlie with much more kindness and respect than anyone else does.

His wife's affair and abandonment leaves Charlie so emotionally damaged that he lets himself be abused and taken advantage of by others. Despite his friendliness and his being a police officer, the townspeople reject Charlie's authority with open scorn.

After years of continuous abuse, Charlie develops a rude and violent split personality named Hank, caused by "advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage". As Hank, he goes around retaliating against anyone who has accosted him — and even harms those who really haven't. A psychiatrist prescribes a medicine to keep Hank suppressed.

Believing that Charlie needs a vacation, his commanding officer (Robert Forster) orders him to escort a woman named Irene Waters (Renée Zellweger) from Rhode Island to Massena, New York, because she reportedly committed a hit-and-run. Irene insists the hit-and-run accusation was created by Dickie, her mob-connected ex-boyfriend, and by corrupt police officers in his employ to no avail.

On the road to Massena, Charlie and Irene make a stop at a motel when hitmen arrive with a contract on Irene's life. Charlie agrees to help her escape after saving her from the men. A United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agent is killed by the hitmen. Charlie accidentally leaves his medicine behind, allowing his alter ego, Hank, to resurface when the medicine wears off. The FBI suspects that Charlie is responsible for the murder of the EPA agent. FBI agents begin pursuing him and Irene, as does a crooked law enforcement lieutenant (Chris Cooper).

Along the way, Irene and Charlie develop a bond. However, Hank's random appearances both disgust and frighten Irene. Hank's aggression and resourcefulness aid in their survival, but Irene finds herself attracted to Charlie. After breaking down at a restaurant out of guilt when he realizes his actions hurt others Hank tells her about Charlie's life, and how years of humiliation have destroyed Charlie's confidence.

Hank has plastic surgery performed on Charlie's face some time along the way back, which shocks Charlie when he comes to. Casper also going by Whitey (Michael Bowman), the mysterious young albino waiter from the restaurant who Hank insulted earlier has tagged along on their journey. Later that night, Charlie attempts conversation with Whitey until he calmly recounts the story of how he brutally murdered his entire family with a hammer. Charlie, unsettled by Whitey's story goes over to Irene's motel room where they have an intimate conversation.

Charlie leaves the room momentarily to buy sodas, where a man jeers him when the vending machine fails to dispense his drinks after paying for them twice. Charlie returns to the room, confessing to Irene that he may have the ability to repress Hank. However, the next morning Charlie finds out that Hank, in the guise of the mild-mannered Charlie had sex with Irene. The corrupt officers Boshane (Richard Jenkins) and Gerke surround the motel outside but fail to apprehend them at the motel when Charlie's sons set up a ruse which diverts the officers attention and steal their escorting officers' helicopter.

Dickie is called in to settle the matter himself and boards the same train Charlie and Irene take back to Rhode Island. After a struggle on board the train, Dickie kidnaps Irene while Charlie battles himself as Hank for control before eventually calling a truce to save Irene. When Charlie arrives to a wooden bridge where Irene is, he attempts to talk down Dickie but has his thumb shot when trying to take his gun away. Charlie is aided by Whitey, who reappears to throw a lawn dart into Dickie's back, killing him.

Dickie and Irene fall in the water. Charlie attempts to save Irene, but struggles to stay afloat. Jamal, Lee Harvey, and Shonte Jr arrive to rescue them in the stolen helicopter. Charlie apologizes to Whitey for making him kill again, but Whitey explains that he made up the story about being a murderer in order to seem cool to Hank, and that his family now lives in Arizona. The Rhode Island State Police were made aware of the reason Irene was being hunted for and congratulate Charlie for bringing the corrupt Berke to justice. Whitey notices Charlie's bandages soaked and peeling, upon tearing it off, he notices his chin has been modified into a cleft chin that resembles an anus by Hank to the amusement of Charlie and his sons.

With Hank gone, and Dickie's crew dead or behind bars, Irene is finally free to return to her old life. She drives away, but the Rhode Island State Police pull her over. The arrest is a set-up, giving Charlie a chance to propose marriage. Irene accepts, much to the delight of Charlie's sons and Whitey, who watch from a plane carrying a banner with the proposal.

A post-credits scene shows Charlie, his sons, Lee Harvey, Shonte Jr., Irene, Jamal and Whitey looking for Charlie's thumb in the river; however, Whitey sees it get eaten by a largemouth bass underwater.

Cast[edit]

Music [edit]

The film's original score was written by Pete Yorn, while the movie's soundtrack contains several covers of Steely Dan songs performed by other bands. Examples are Smash Mouth's cover of "Do It Again", Ben Folds Five's cover of "Barrytown", and Marvelous 3's cover of "Reelin' in the Years". Other songs include "Breakout" by Foo Fighters, "Totalimmortal", originally by AFI but covered by The Offspring, "The World Ain't Slowin' Down" by Ellis Paul, and "Strange Condition" by Pete Yorn.

  1. "Breakout" – Foo Fighters
  2. "Do It Again"+ – Smash Mouth
  3. "Deep Inside of You" – Third Eye Blind
  4. "Totalimmortal" – AFI_ (band)
  5. "The World Ain't Slowin' Down" – Ellis Paul
  6. "Any Major Dude Will Tell You"+ – Wilco
  7. "Only A Fool Would Say That"+ – Ivy
  8. "Can't Find The Time To Tell You" – Hootie & The Blowfish
  9. "Bodhisattva"+ – Brian Setzer Orchestra
  10. "Bad Sneakers"+ – The Push Stars
  11. "Reelin' In The Years"+ – Marvelous 3
  12. "Strange Condition" – Pete Yorn
  13. "Barrytown"+ – Ben Folds Five
  14. "Razor Boy"+ – Billy Goodrum
  15. "Where He Can Hide" – Tom Wolfe

+Steely Dan cover

"Motherfucker" by The Dwarves, "Fire Like This" by Hardknox, "Don't Say You Don't Remember" by Beverly Bremers, "The Perpetrator" by Hipster Daddy-O and the Handgrenades, and "Hem of Your Garment" by Cake were included in the movie but not on the soundtrack. Pete Yorn's, Just Another can also be heard it the background, during the scene where they discuss Hank's Idea. Other songs, that appeared in the film are not included on the soundtrack album.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film had the biggest opening on the weekend of June 23, 2000 making US$24.2 million in its opening weekend. The film earned $90,570,999 in the United States, and a further $58,700,000 internationally for a worldwide total of $149,270,999.

Critical response [edit]

Review website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 48%, based on 97 reviews, and an average rating of 5.4/10, with the consensus that "While Jim Carrey's comedic skills earn some laughs, Me, Myself and Irene sports a tired, unsatisfying plot." [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Me, Myself & Irene". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 

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