Me, Myself & Irene

 
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The Farrellys strike again; avoid this awful film.
  • Review Date: June 24, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Black people, dwarfs, an albino, and a nursing mother are all vehicles for crass jokes. Countless offensive gags and jokes.

Positive role models

Alter egos struggle between the "good" guy and the "bad" guy, but the bad one is much funnier.

Violence

A lot of comic punching and shooting. Hank insults and terrorizes people, causes bodily harm, and destroys property. Charlie repeatedly shoots a cow that appears near dead. Irene's ex-boyfriend shoots Charlie's thumb off.

Sex

Graphic discussions about sex, with much waving around of a sex toy. A few nude rears (one with a chicken sticking out of it) and a mostly nude breast.

Language

Near-constant spewings of extreme, gratuitous profanity, much of it sex-related.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some alcohol consumption.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that black people, dwarfs, an albino, and a nursing mother are all vehicles for crass jokes in Me, Myself, and Irene. There are many mature themes: infidelity, divorce, police corruption, murder, and a serious bipolar disorder. There are near-constant spewings of extreme, gratuitous profanity, much of it sex-related. Even a skip-roping little girl screams "f--k off." Just about every character in every scene behaves questionably. There are graphic discussions about sex, with much waving around of a sex toy. A few nude rears (one with a chicken sticking out of it) and a mostly nude breast. A lot of punching and shooting. Hank insults and terrorizes people, causes bodily harm, and destroys property. Charlie repeatedly shoots a cow that appears near dead. Irene's ex-boyfriend shoots Charlie's thumb.

What's the story?

After years of internalizing his frustrations, state trooper Charlie (Jim Carrey) has developed an alter ego: Hank, a police officer who is abusive and violent, and Charlie struggles to keep Hank under control. Assigned to escort Irene (Renee Zellweger) to New York for questioning, Charlie and Hank compete over her -- for very different reasons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Purveyors of crass gags and toilet humor have no trouble attracting moviegoers, especially when Jim Carrey's delivering the laughs. But co-directors and writers Bobby and Peter Farrelly suggest with their follow-up to the successful There's Something About Mary that they may well have hit a brick wall. Mary offered likable oddball characters and even a bit of dramatic tension amidst its outrageous laughs. In comparison, ME, MYSELF & IRENE resembles an Airplane-like parody of a Farrelly brothers movie. Rather than veer from their established romantic comedy formula, they've recycled elements of their own earlier movies -- most notably Dumb and Dumber, which also starred Carrey -- and turn the vulgarity and the political incorrectness up to damaging proportions. Carrey gives the elastic performance one expects from him, but seeing him hold a little girl's head underwater and squat, pants down, on a neighbor's lawn, elicits far more groans than laughs.

The production looks like it was made several years ago, then improperly stored until a willing distributor could be found. Amidst the washed-out cinematography, the bodily waste humor, and the free-flowing obscenity, Renée Zellweger -- who ably starred alongside Meryl Streep and William Hurt in One True Thing -- is sadly out of place. A 17-year-old Steve Martin fan who saw similarities in this movie to The Jerk and All of Me found it unnecessarily crude and mean-spirited, but got her money's worth of laughs out of it. See at your own risk.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this movie and the whole gross-out genre. Do you think these extremely flawed characters are funny?

  • Were there parts of the film you found more offensive than funny? Would you seek out other movies like this or stick to lighter comedy fare?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 23, 2000
DVD release date:June 4, 2002
Cast:Anthony Anderson, Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger
Director:Bobby Farrelly
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, crude humor, strong language and some violence

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Teen, 16 years old Written bykojitheman November 11, 2011
 

funny

Great funny movie. My rating: Pevasive sexual content,some comic violence, and pervasive language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byHAMMER777777777 April 12, 2015
 

Great

It was great! U people need to Lighten up! I would let my kids Watch it! Its Funny! Then again, I would let my kids Drink Too! Its Fun!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byeojecros June 9, 2012
 

Crap at it's Height !

Terrible movie. If you think drinking from a nursing mother's breast is funny, you are sick.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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