Directed by Dean Parisot, starring Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Richard Burgi and Gloria Garayua.
Laced with political jibes and satirical comments on the American Dream, remake 'Fun With Dick and Jane' feels stretched in trying to make the most of its often flimsy script.
Dick (Carrey) is at the top of his game professionally, having just been promoted to the rank of vice-president by his lazy boss, socialite Jack McAllister (Baldwin). His wife Jane (Leoni) is running herself ragged in a job she hates and their toddler son is now fluent in Spanish, such is the amount of time he spends with their Mexican nanny Blanca (Garayua). So when Dick suggests that Jane quit her job it seems like a good plan in theory. In a perfect world, maybe.
When Dick's company crashes, plunging the stock market into crisis, things take a turn for the worst. But when neither Dick nor Jane can find work elsewhere, it starts to become glaringly obvious that desperate measures are called for, especially when every item of furniture has already been sold from their lavish home and their swimming pool repossessed.
What's next? Only a life of crime. Well, crime-caper more like, as the pair attempt a series of half-hearted heists in order to retrieve some kind of financial stability and more importantly, self-worth. So by night they come up with elaborate disguises (some of which will offer a few laughs) and by day they try to convince the neighbours that they are still worthy to inhabit their street. But when an opportunity for payback arrives, they're not about to let it pass them by, as they decide to pull one last stunt on Dick's former boss, who left them high and dry.
The gags come thick and fast in 'Fun With Dick and Jane', which is successfully updated with some witty Enron and George W Bush spoofs, but there's nothing side-splitting about the humour. Carrey plays the goofy, over-the-top, wannabe breadwinner to his fullest, but we've seen him do very similar characters once too often (and usually in better films). Leoni too captures the worn-out yet highly-strung wife well, for what it's worth. Together the pair look comfortable but the comedy is all too obvious.
A satire that never really fulfils its potential, 'Fun With Dick and Jane' pokes fun without challenging too much. 'Fun with Dick and Jane'?... Not really. Maybe 'The Odd Tame Chuckle with Dick and Jane'!