Fun with Dick and Jane (2005 film)
|Fun with Dick and Jane|
|Directed by||Dean Parisot|
|Produced by||Jim Carrey
|Screenplay by||Judd Apatow
|Story by||Judd Apatow
Fun with Dick and Jane (novel)
by David Giler
|Music by||Theodore Shapiro|
|Edited by||Don Zimmerman|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|December 21, 2005|
|Box office||$202 million|
Fun with Dick and Jane is a 2005 American comedy film—a remake of the 1977 comedy film of the same name—that was directed by Dean Parisot, and written by Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller. It stars Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni as Dick and Jane Harper, an upper-middle-class couple who resort to robbery after the company for which Dick works goes bankrupt. Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon, John Michael Higgins, Richard Burgi, Carlos Jacott, Gloria Garayua, and Stephnie Weir also star. James Whitmore appears in an uncredited cameo; his final film appearance.
It was released by Columbia Pictures on December 21, 2005. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film grossed over US$202 million at the global box office.
In January 2000, Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for the large media corporation Globodyne. The next day, he is asked on a television program in which host Sam Samuels and presidential candidate Ralph Nader call Dick and the company's employees "perverters of the American dream" and claim it helps the super-rich get even wealthier. As they speak, Globodyne's stock value falls rapidly; it and its employees' pensions, which are in Globodyne's stock, are soon worthless. Dick arrives home, where his wife Jane (Téa Leoni) tells him that she has quit her job as a travel agent after his promotion to spend more time with their son Billy. Dick breaks the news of the company's failure over the family's dinner, instantly alarming Jane. Despite his attempts, Dick is unable to get another VP job; Jane tells him the couple face bankruptcy because their assets are composed entirely of now-worthless Globodyne stock.
After accepting the prospect of being poor, Dick and Jane apply for low-paying jobs. After being fired from all local businesses, having their utilities cut off, selling off their possessions, and receiving 24 hours notice of eviction from their home, they decide to turn to crime. Dick decides to rob a local convenience store but loses his nerve. After several failed attempts, they rob a head shop. They begin nightly robbing sprees and become more professional; they have soon stolen enough money to retire the mortgages on their house and car, both of which were about to be repossessed. For their final crime, Dick and Jane rob a local bank; all goes as planned until another couple who used to work for Globodyne, Oz (Carlos Jacott) and Debbie Peterson (Stephnie Weir), make an amateurish attempt to rob the bank. The Petersons are quickly arrested; Dick and Jane take advantage of the hysteria to evade the police, but fail to steal any money.
The Harpers decide to give up crime, but Dick finds he is to be indicted for his role in Globodyne's demise. At the local bar, Dick encounters Frank Bascombe (Richard Jenkins), the former CFO of Globodyne, who is drunk and guilt-ridden. Frank tells Dick the company's crooked CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) diverted all of Globodyne's assets and dumped the entire stock, thus ruining the company and its employees while escaping with a $400-million fortune. Frank, who is about to go to prison after a failed attempt to expose McCallister's crimes, has received a $10 million bribe from McCallister in exchange for his silence.
After learning about McCallister's scheme, Dick, Jane and Frank decide to take revenge. Frank tells them McCallister plans to transfer his $400 million in bearer bonds to an offshore account. Dick and Jane must intercept the transfer from inside the bank and substitute a fake form, transferring the funds to an account Frank has established. McCallister checks the account number on his transfer and demands it is redone. Dick confronts McCallister and demands that he signs a blank check. Knowing Dick's threats are empty, McCallister writes him a check for $100 and leaves the bank. Dick tells Jane that was his contingency plan; Jane can now forge McCallister's signature.
The next day, McCallister is mobbed by reporters and former Globodyne employees, all praising him for his generosity. Dick appears, and as McCallister's vice president, hands him a prepared statement, which McCallister reads on live television. McCallister is shocked to announce that he has transferred $400 million to a trust fund to support Globodyne's defunct pension plan in gratitude to his former employees. Dick and Jane lead the cheers from the crowd, while McCallister faces them, unable to expose the two without revealing his own crimes. A news report later shows Dick and Jane delivering pension fund checks to former Globodyne employees, including the now-imprisoned Petersons, while reporting that McCallister's net worth has been reduced to around $2,000.
A year later, Dick's family drive a rusty old Volkswagen into the sunset. While Billy is teaching his parents Spanish words, a Bentley containing Dick's friend Garth (John Michael Higgins) approaches. Garth tells Dick he has a new job at a company called Enron.
- Jim Carrey as Richard "Dick" Harper
- Téa Leoni as Jane Harper
- Alec Baldwin as Jack McCallister
- Richard Jenkins as Frank Bascombe
- Angie Harmon as Veronica Cleeman
- John Michael Higgins as Garth
- Richard Burgi as Joe Cleeman
- Carlos Jacott as Oz Peterson
- Stephnie Weir as Deborah "Debbie" Peterson
- Aaron Michael Drozin as Billy Harper
- Gloria Garayua as Blanca
- Jason Marsden as Convenience Store Employee
- Clint Howard as INS Agent
- Pasha D. Lychnikoff as Andrei/Load Boxer (uncredited)
- Vincent Curatola as Dick's Neighbor (uncredited)
- Jeff Garlin (uncredited)
- Crystal the Monkey as test monkey
- Luis Saguar as Héctor
- James Whitmore as Toy Store Security Guard (uncredited)
- Ralph Nader as himself
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Gaiser which was previously filmed in 1977. Peter Tolan wrote the first draft of the screenplay. In June of 2003 it was announced that Jim Carrey would star in the film with Barry Sonnenfeld directing and Brian Grazer producing. On July 14th 2003 it was announced that Cameron Diaz would star opposite Carrey. The same day it was also reported that the Coen brothers would rewrite the script. On July 3rd it was announced that Sonnenfeld had left the film, six weeks before the start of production. Production was postponed until after Carrey had completed his next film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. On October it was announced that Dean Parisot would replace Sonnenfeld as director and that production would start in June 2004. Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller worked on the script with Parisot. Diaz then left the film. On 21 July 2004 it was announced that she would be replaced by Téa Leoni.
Fun With Dick and Jane received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 29%, based on 132 reviews, with the critical consensus reading, "This muddled comedy has a few laughs, but never sustains a consistent tone". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
After a disappointing opening weekend of $14,383,515, the film played in theaters throughout the holiday season, making nearly eight times its opening weekend gross. It eventually earned $110,332,737 at the domestic box office, and $91,693,375 in international receipts, for a total, worldwide revenue of $202,026,112.The film's budget was $100 million. It is one of twelve feature films to be released in over 3,000 theaters and improve on its box office performance in its second weekend, increasing 14.9% from $14,383,515 to $16,522,532.
|Fun with Dick and Jane [Soundtrack]|
|Soundtrack album by Theodore Shapiro|
|Released||January 24, 2006|
|9.||"Race For The Job"|
|13.||"Got The Yard Back"|
|14.||"The Insects Are All Around Us" (Performed by Money Mark)|
|15.||"Need A Good Wheelman"|
|16.||"Escape From The Headshop"|
|18.||"Grand Cayman Bank"|
|19.||"The Big Stall"|
|22.||"400 Million Dollars"|
The following songs are featured in the film, but are not included on the soundtrack:
- "I Believe I Can Fly" - R. Kelly
- "Smooth Operator" - Sade
- "Right Place Wrong Time" - Dr. John
- "What I Got" - Sublime
- "Sandstorm" - Darude
- "Why Me Lord" - Johnny Cash
- "Wedding" - Randy Newman
- "Time Bomb" - Rancid
- "Uncontrollable Urge" - Devo
- "Insane in the Brain" - Cypress Hill
- "Alive & Amplified" - The Mooney Suzuki
- "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - Sam Cooke
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