Me, Myself & Irene
What parents need to know
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?
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?