On the Big Board
||Not remotely fun. Embarrassing for everyone involved.
||Enron joke in the closing credits is the funniest part of the film. That's not good.
Bonnie and Clyde they ain’t.
This was the tagline for the 1977 comedy classic, Fun With Dick and Jane. The movie starred Jane Fonda and George Segal along with a rarely employed thespian named Ed McMahon in a co-starring role. The premise was simple. A moderately wealthy, successful couple has just finished redecorating their dream home with the finishing touch, a lavish swimming pool. To their shock, Dick finds himself unexpectedly terminated at work, leaving the couple some $70,000 in debt with no source of income other than an unemployment check. In order to pay their expenses, the unlikely duo embarks on a life of crime with hilarious results.
Now, over a quarter of a century later, Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni are poised to re-make the classic film. The general premise is still the same. A couple find themselves poor and desperate after the husband’s job is lost. It seems that as a spokesperson for a huge corporation, Carrey’s character inadvertently participated in some behavior which is frowned upon to say the least. Out of work and facing a mounting pile of bills, the duo decide to embark upon a criminal lifestyle to pay them.
Noted television director Dean Parisot (The Tick, The Job, ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Monk) offered a hilarious take on science fiction nerds and self-important, over-the-hill actors in Galaxy Quest. He is now set to create an equally funny unlikely-criminals movie using a script from BOP fave Judd “J’accuse!” Apatow, the creator of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. Any film starring Jim Carrey naturally presents itself is a potential blockbuster but considering the talent behind the scenes, this looks to be a standout even by Carrey’s lofty standards. (David Mumpower/BOP)