When someone mentions the name Jim Carrey, a smile often comes to the face of those listening. Jim Carrey has created so many hilarious characters over the years both in film and on television. He brings such a compelling charisma to the big screen that you can’t help but be sucked into his characters and stories. This article will highlight the top five Jim Carrey movies.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Although Carrey made quite a name for himself on the television show In Living Color, the role of Ace Ventura really put him on the map. Ace was perfect for Carrey because the quirky character displayed hilarious physical comedy, which defined Carrey’s early success. Ace Ventura was a unique detective who focused on solving crimes involving pets. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac who also directed Bruce Almighty and other greats. With Tom at the helm and Carrey in his early prime this movie was a smash hit.
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
After completing Ace Ventura and The Mask in 1994, Carrey teamed up with Jeff Daniels for possibly the funniest comedy ever made. Jim Carrey played Lllyod Christmas a down on his luck limo driver who rescues a briefcase from the airport left by his passenger Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). Llyod and his best buddy Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) travel across the country to return the briefcase to its rightful owner. The journey that the two characters go on will keep you laughing and wanting more.
The Cable Guy (1996)
The Cable Guy was a brilliant work where Carrey played the funny and often creepy cable guy. When he hooks up one of his new customers Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) with free cable, he expects his friendship in return, which isn’t reciprocated. Some of the comedy is a bit dark but if you don’t take the movie too seriously it is quite funny. The talented and funny Ben Stiller directed this film.
The Truman Show (1998)
Carrey’s first real attempt into a dramatic role came in The Truman Show where he played Truman Burbank. Truman was the star of a sitcom all about his life where the actors were all in on the story but Truman was clueless. The storyline was very cleaver and Carrey really became Truman. This is a great movie to watch with the family.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
By far Carrey’s best dramatic performance came when he played Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey played opposite Kate Winslet (Clementine). The two fall in love but when their relationship falls apart they agree to have a procedure to have the other removed from their memory. When Joel realizes that he doesn’t want to lose the memory of Clementine he goes to great lengths to preserve his remaining memories of her. This is a great movie to share with that special romantic someone!
There are other great works by Jim Carrey but these five are definitely the best of his still developing career. If you get a chance check out there as well as some of his earlier works like Earth Girls Are Easy and Once Bitten.