Fun with Dick and Jane

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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So-so comedy; not likely to interest kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Wronged by the corrupt system, the couple gets even, never rejecting the consumerist ethos that gets them in trouble in the first place.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the smart jokes and sly political commentary, Dick and Jane are still stealing from (mainly) innocent people-- and stealing is wrong.

Violence

Dick and Jane rob convenience stores and banks with toy guns; he's beaten, arrested, and dumped over the Mexican border by the INS.

Sex

Jokes about prostitution, a married couple "makes a date" for sex; a woman refers to her breasts as "pooties" excited by a robbery, they have sex in their car (scene is brief and jokey).

Language

Mild language ("screwed," "piss," s-word, one mispronunciation that sounds like the s-word, one f-word).

Consumerism

References to Starbucks, cars (BMWs, Mercedes), Sony Vaio, Camel cigarettes, Fanta, Bounty paper towels.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunkenness, references to cigarettes and marijuana (as a cash crop, and a single joint on screen).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy includes some cursing and broad physical, occasionally violent comedy. Characters drink and act drunkenly; they make jokes about sex (with two scenes leaning toward activity, one in a married couple's bed and one in the car). Characters steal, lie, blackmail, and cheat to get money.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bystevejaxharri April 9, 2008

Sooooo Funny

This mOvie was the Funniest thing I have seen this year. I love it when you go to the movies and the whole theater is laughing. Infact I just bought it today.... Continue reading
Adult Written byMovieTimeToday January 24, 2015

Good movie

It's a good movie for kids 12 and up. Their is one scene in the beginning which is sexually inappropriate, which should have been included in the review fo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Awsome movie

I recommend it for anyone 9 and up
Teen, 16 years old Written by03Sheldonerdmov... November 18, 2019

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

HILARIOUS!!!! MUST SEE!!!!!!!

What's the story?

In FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, Dick (Jim Carrey) is a wealthy executive working for Globodyne Corporation under his CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) and CFO Frank Bascom (Richard Jenkins). But Dick goofs up and causes the company to go belly up. At home, Dick learns that his wife Jane (Téa Leoni) has just quit her job as a travel agent, which is a major problem given their high lifestyle. While McCallister has flown the coop with $400 million, everyone else affiliated with the company is broke, depressed, and/or suicidal, including Frank, whom Dick discovers at a bar, drinking himself into oblivion. After a series of failed attempts to work, desperate, Dick and Jane turn to literal thievery, only a short step from the mendacious strategies embodied by McCallister. They rob convenience stores, sushi stores, jewelry stores, wearing costumes, and they hook up with Frank, who conjures a plan for revenge.

Is it any good?

Fun with Dick and Jane makes a basic point, summed up Dick's assessment of their situation: "We followed the rules, and we got screwed. We were good people, and we got screwed." As a result, they are rendered primal, desperate to "protect our land." Such reductiveness alludes to the primary school book recalled by the film's title. But that's about it. For a comedy with so much politico-cultural baggage on its mind (and it's not above using Enron as a final punch line), Dick and Jane remains curiously inert.

Dick's something of a one-dimensional joke, powered by Carrey's elasticky face and gyrational limbs. While he doesn't exactly pass as a "hardened criminal," despite his protestations to that effect, he's determined to make his point. Just so, the movie is at once clunky, witty, and earnest, as this pod combination constitutes a kind of comedic assertiveness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the day laborers joke: while it may be funny to see Dick mistaken for "Mexican," how does this situation speak to real concerns for poor immigrants?

  • Do Dick and Jane learn any moral lessons from their ordeal?

Movie details

  • In theaters: December 21, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: April 11, 2006
  • Cast: Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni
  • Director: Dean Parisot
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: brief language, some sexual humor and occasional humorous drug references.
  • Last updated: May 04, 2020

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