Jim Carrey, a man, who just prior to the success of Dumb and Dumber was at just about the lowest of lows, deeply set in depression; yet who has continued to brighten people’s lives across the world with his brilliant physical and vocal comedy. Here’s a list of his best of the best so far.
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000
The only movie Carrey has done, to date, in a full-body costume, this was also the first depiction of “the grinch” in live action form. The spin off of the old 1957 book by Dr. Seuess, and a remake of the old cartoon classic most anyone over the age of 15 grew up watching as a kid, Carrey plays the fabled Grinch to a tee. The story follows the story of Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), who, upon finding out the grinch’s true story, becomes touched, and attempts to restore the grinch’s standing as well as his self confidence.
6. The Mask, 1994
The Mask follows the unfortunate life of Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey). A clerk at a local bank, Ipkiss is one of those guys you expect to trip while walking down the stairs, fall on his face, and break everything he has on him. After it seems as if his luck has run completely dry, he stumbles upon “the mask”. After putting it on as a joke, the mask consumes his head and transforms Ipkiss into a thrill-seeking, uninhibited, fun machine. “The Mask” takes Ipkiss on a whirlwind of adventures that don’t apply to the rules the rest of have to adhere by, like, say, reality.
5. Man on the Moon, 1999
Andy Kaufman (Carrey) is a comedian who appears to have nothing going for him. The first act we see him do makes it appear as if he has no real talent and only one act that seems to be going for him, which he constantly reuses. Just before being booed off the stage, however, he pulls out a rhinestone jacket and does a spot on Elvis impression. Catching the audience completely off-guard, they immediately burst into applause, realizing that this is his comedic venue: pranking the audience. His unique style attracts the attention of a talent scout, George Shapiro (Danny DeVito). After being cast in a few roles that are uninteresting to Kaufman, he decides to nix the acting until being introduced to the Saturday Night Live scene. This still isn’t enough for him, however, and Kaufman appears to need a different kind of attention each time he turns around. A truly remarkably riveting true story.
4. Dumb and Dumber, 2004
Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) and best friend Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are not the sharpest tools in the shed. After both lose their jobs in one day, the two decide to head to Aspen, Colorado to find a woman who Lloyd believes he has fallen in love with to return to her her lost briefcase. Once they leave, however, they realize that, not only does the briefcase hold a ton of money, but they are being followed by a group of thugs.
3. The Truman Show, 1998
One of the few serious roles Carrey has ever played, The Truman Show follows the life of Truman Burbank, or rather, the story of the life of Truman Burbank. The Truman Show is a new tv series in the movie, in which only Truman (Carrey) doesn’t know of its existence. While all of the other people appear, from Truman’s eyes, to be going about their day to day lives, he is the only one who truly is.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
Thought by many to be one of the most thought provoking films of the decade, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Most of the story takes place in the mind of Joel Barrish (Carrey). After realizing that his ex-lover has erased everything about him from her memory, he decides to do the same. The main plotline involves following Joel’s memories in reverse order. As this happens, Joel begins to wish he could hang on to just a few of the memories he realizes he is erasing, yet she slowly begins to disappear. A heart-wrenching and truly unique story, this movie may leave you thinking about your life in an entirely new perspective.
1. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, 1995
A sequel to the original Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, many believe that, unlike most sequential films, When Nature Calls not only equals, but far overcomes its predecessor, perhaps tenfold. Newly reinstated pet detective, Ventura (Carrey), is back on the case searching for the Shikaka, a sacred bat of the Wachootoo and Wachati tribes. With perhaps the most unthinkable methods, Ventura attempts to solve the case. But rest assured, he is good at what he does.
Ace Ventura:Pet Detective
Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events
Carrey has been a comedy icon for ages. Will he be able to keep doing comedy as his age begins to catch up with him, or will he begin to dive deeper into the more serious role as he did in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and now, again, more recently in I Love You Phillip Morris,. Regardless, here’s a tip of the hat and a raise of the glass to Jim Carrey!