Dick Harper (Jim Carrey) and his wife Jane (Tea Leoni) are living a seemingly perfect life in suburban American. Dick works at a company called Globodyne and has recently been given the chance to further his career. In his glory, he decides that Jane shouldn’t have to work anymore with his increased wage. Unfortunately for Dick, all good things come at a cost. His first duty is to talk on Money Life to release the corporations projected earnings. Dick is blindsided on the show and discovers that company owner Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) has sold nearly all his stocks. The company tanks and Dick discovers that the entire company was based upon an elaborate ruse. With Jane out of work and Dick’s company gone, the two have no income and must learn how to survive without jobs.
This film is based on the original 1977 film, same title, starring Jane Fonda and George Segal. With our current economy in the dumps I think this film hits very close to what a lot of families are dealing with today. Granted, most won’t turn to crime. The first segment of film shows Jim Carrey at his best while the middle shows a couple very moving scenes with the couple just trying to survive. Comedy is tastefully sprinkled throughout its entirety which removes any hint of drama making the film as light as it could be, under the circumstances. Tea Leoni did a surprisingly good job with this film. The last memorable role I saw her in was Deep Impact and she was less than spectacular. The movie is a crime comedy, which would make one think that it isn’t suitable for all ages, this is just not true. This is, for the most part, a good clean comedy that the whole family can easily enjoy. I will say that if you are looking for a film that will have you laughing through the whole thing, look elsewhere. It’s not only a light comedy, and I stress light, but also a cautionary tale. The few action sequences are very well done and the script is decent. I give this one a 7/10.