Remakes are always a gamble, so it's a pleasant surprise that Fun with Dick and Jane pays off with unexpected dividends. It's as entertaining as the 1977 original starring George Segal and Jane Fonda, and the teaming of Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni makes this a safe bet for comedy fans, in spite of a slapstick screenplay that fails to achieve its fullest potential. Rather than attempt a darkly comedic send-up of the Enron scandal that left thousands of stockholders in financial ruin, director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) opts for a lighter, more accessible (read: commercial) satire of corporate greed and cynicism, beginning in the year 2000 when Dick (Carrey) gets a plum promotion as a mega-corporate communications director just as his boss (Alec Baldwin) is preparing to bail out before stock prices plummet. Dick's wife Jane (Leoni) has quit her job as a travel agent, so the corporate bombshell leaves them penniless and desperate, resorting to petty thievery and, eventually, plotting high-stakes revenge against the greedy executives who ruined their lives. As a send-up of financial distress in a ravaged post-Enron economy, Fun with Dick and Jane delivers laughs with just enough pointed humor to give it a strong satirical edge, and Carrey's reliable brand of zaniness is controlled enough to balance nicely with Leoni's more subtle (and woefully underrated) skills as a screen comedienne. And while the "special thanks" end-credits hint at the sharper, more biting satire this might have been, there's enough fun with Dick and Jane to make this recycled comedy worth a look. --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Andrew Fleming
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
He was tricky. They were better.
The unmaking of the president

[A current affairs program opens the movie]

In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon was forced to resign in shame following the 'Watergate' Scandal. One of the great mysteries of this event was the identity of 'Deep Throat', the person who broke the story to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Well tonight, we're going to find out. Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, good evening.

Bob Woodward:
Good evening.

Carl Bernstein:
Good evening.

Let's get straight to it - who is... 'Deep Throat'?

Bob Woodward:
Well, first of all, we're not telling you. And second of all, I thought I was going to be the only guest on tonight's show?

Carl Bernstein:
[Bitchy] Well I guess you're not, Bob.

You know, you guys are getting pretty old now...

Carl Bernstein:
Well, what do you mean by that?!

Well, I was just wondering if you were ever going to reveal who Deep Throat is ever, before you die.

Bob Woodward:
Well, a lot bigger names than you have asked us that, so I don't think we're going to reveal it here.

Carl Bernstein:
No, not on a little show like this.

[Exasperated] You know what I think? I mean, I'm just gonna come right out and say it. I don't think there ever was any such person as 'Deep Throat'. I think y'all just made it up.

Carl Bernstein:
Yes there was! Deep Throat was -

Bob Woodward:
Don't say it!! He's trying to trick us!

[Bernstein covers his mouth and moans]

Carl Bernstein:
[Putting a hand on Woodward's shoulder] I'm sorry...

Bob Woodward:
[Slapping the hand away] Don't ever touch me.

Carl Bernstein:
Bob, I said I'm sorry!

[They begin to have a childish physical fight]

Bob Woodward:
Don't... will you... you smell like cabbage!

[They fall over the table; the clip cuts out and the movie opens]

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