Me, Myself & Irene
Reviewed by Ned Daigle
Rating: 7.5 Beans
admit it, I'm a Jim Carrey fan. Although it is quite fashionable to despise him, I think he is a comic marvel and a truly talented actor. I also admit being a Farrelly Brothers fan, I absolutely love "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary". With that said I can, without bias, say "Me, Myself & Irene" is a complete and total waste of time, talent and energy.
So, what happened? It's very hard to say, it seems all of the necessary ingredients are there to make a tasty, tacky, but hilarious comedy, but somehow nothing mixes very well. The tone of the whole enterprise is off from minute one.
"Me, Myself & Irene" stars Jim Carrey as Charlie, a Rhode Island cop, who is a spineless wimp to boot. His wife leaves him for a black, limousine-driving, Mensa-member dwarf, and the local townsfolk walk all over him. Finally, he has had enough, he develops a second-personality named Hank who is a tough-talking, violent creep. To get Charlie/Hank out of his hair, the sheriff decides to have him escort pretty, young Irene, played by Renee Zellwegger, to another state where she is wanted by police for questioning.
The film seems like it might become some sort of demented road-movie, but there is a weirdly intrusive and unnecessary plot involving the EPA and payoffs to the FBI that Irene is a witness to. So every once in awhile an extraneous character pops up to kidnap/kill Irene and Charlie must "turn into" Hank to rescue her.
So, that's basically the story. The characters are even less appealing. Zellwegger plays Renee as either conveniently perplexed or whiny, Carrey as Charlie is dispicably spineless, and Carrey as Hank is cruel and sadistic. I hated everybody. The reason "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary" worked is because the characters were likable and you actually cared about their fates. You WANTED Woody Harrelson to win the bowling tournament and you WANTED Ben Stiller to end up with Cameron Diaz. In this movie, you couldn't care less if Zellwegger is offed by the baddies or if she and Carrey fall for each other.
The Farrelly Brothers' screenplay is a mish-mash of plot and juvenile attempts at comedy that are either mean-spirited or just plain dumb. The attempt by Carrey to put a dying cow out of its misery is ill-timed and predictable, the jokes involving a dildo have no zing, the string of insults hurled at an albino waiter at a cafe are just cruel, and the live chicken shoved up the rectum of another character elicited the film's only laugh, only because by that late in the movie I was desperate to laugh at anything.
I almost forgot to mention the obnoxious narration over the movie that makes everything sound like an extra long "Dukes of Hazzard" episode:
"Well Hank finally got the girl and defeated Boss Hog...er...I mean the EPA!"
Just kidding, but you know what I mean.
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