Me, Myself & Irene
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A Rhode Island State trooper (Jim Carrey) finds out one day that his perfect marriage to his perfect wife was nothing more than a big sham. When his better half leaves him for a midget limousine driver (bear with me here), he’s left to take care of his 3 illegitimate black children. After years and years of abuse from friends and neighbors, he finally snaps and develops an "angry" alter ego. With his 2 personalities duking it out, he finds himself falling in love with a woman (Renee Zellweger) who’s try to dodge an ex-boyfriend who wants her dead.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
While the Farrelly brothers are notoriously famous for their own style of gross out toilet humor, the formula is starting to get repetitive and sadly, unfunny. Many of the scenes from this movie which were designed to provoke laughs failed miserably, mostly missing their marks. One scene in particular, in which Carrey proceeds to "gnaw" on a woman’s breast was actually pretty nasty and completely unfunny. Believe me, I’m a very hard person to offend but even I have to draw the line somewhere. Carrey was solid in his role but eventually started to get on my nerves with his alternate personality, who coincidentally sounded a lot like Dirty Harry. His contorted facial expressions and wild physical comedy is much like the movie’s genre, a tired formula which doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. We’ve seen it before and don’t need to see rehashed routines and skits.
The storyline itself got bogged down by the Zellweger murder subplot which brought too much drama and action to a film which was supposed to be funny, not sporadically serious. The one redeeming element of this flick was the presence of Carrey’s 3 sons who with their barrage of cussing and swearing (using every possible variation of the f-word), had me cracking up during their all too brief screen times. Their wild antics and interactions with their father was probably the one shining point of the movie. To put it bluntly, this is a mediocre effort from everyone involved and will most certainly disappoint most comedy seekers.
The best bonus feature on this disc is the presence of no less than 10 deleted scenes, all of which include brief commentary tracks from the Farrellys themselves. We learn that one in particular was cut because of its resemblance to the infamous kitchen scene in AMERICAN PIE. Picture Jim Carrey having his "way" with a watermelon, well, you get the idea. They’ve included an option on the disc which allows you to watch the movie with the removed scenes spliced into the whole flick. It’s a cool extra but you have to wait as the player searches for the new scenes, so in all fairness, is not exactly worthwhile. Six short "Making Of" featurettes (running a few minutes each) are also included, and are basically raw behind the scenes footage. We get to see Carrey direct traffic in full trooper regalia as he waits for his next scene. Also included is a 6-minute promotional extra which is basically a really brief behind the scenes look at the making of the movie with interviews with cast and crew. Don’t waste your time watching this one, it’s really rather uninformative. Finishing up the bonuses are 2 trailers, 3 TV spots, a photo gallery and a music video for the Foo Fighters’ "Breakout". The main menus on the disc are animated and feature dialogue clips from some of the funnier scenes.
This DVD release can basically be summed up in one word, mediocre. From the movie to the added features, nothing really stuck me as being noteworthy or particularly exciting. I honestly doubt that comedy lovers will really like this movie, and some might actually be turned off by certain "racier" scenes. If you’re a diehard Jim Carrey fan, this one is probably for you but for everyone else, this is a borderline rental at best.