Me, Myself and Irene
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Starring: Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Jerod Mixon, Jerry Mongo Brownlee, Michael Bowman, Chris Cooper


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As most people are, I'm tempted to denounce Jim Carrey as overexposed and hardly worth his enormous paydays. Anyone that gets this much press tends to bother me. It's the reason nobody likes Hootie & The Blowfish anymore, either - the radio just beat the living shit out of them, and now it makes people sick to their stomachs. Jim Carrey is the same way - and I'm personally pretty happy with his Oscar 'snubs.' "The Truman Show" wasn't all that great, and "Man On The Moon" was a pretty good performance on his part, but a lot of that was just mimicking stuff we'd already seen done before. He did well, but the films just weren't that spiffy.

However, as much as I sometimes want to chuck him off a mountain, I must always remember the first time I saw "Ace Ventura" in the theater. When he started talking to Officer Tone Loc with his ass, I hit the floor almost immediately - the floor of a MOVIE THEATER. It takes something really fuckin' funny to make a guy fall on that sticky, gooey mess. I missed every bit of dialog in that scene because I was laughing so goddam hard. I never expected to see a guy pretending to talk with his ass on the big screen. So I always try to keep that in mind and give Jimmy C the benefit of the doubt. So I saw this flick.

Charlie is a good Rhode Island cop, but also a huge pushover. His new wife leaves him for a midget, and he represses all his bad feelings until they manifest in a new personality named Hank, a total jerk that takes no crap and gives all sorts of it. He winds up escorting the troubled Irene (Renee Zellweger) to New York and gets chased by crooked cops and other assorted criminals, and both personalities fall in love with Irene. Woo-hoo.

The best part of this film are Charlie's three sons - obviously fathered by the black MENSA midget that his wife ran off with, since they are three enormous black men. The constant combination of intelligent, scientific and mathematic theories with loud, obnoxious street slang profanity doesn't stop being funny. The rest of the film isn't bad. Lots of gross-out stuff, some amusing mugging, some decent revenge and comeuppance delivered by Hank, and some should-be-impossible physical comedy from ol' Jimmy C.

Nothing all that remarkable about it, though. Nothing really hit me as hard as ass-talking to Tone Loc, but there are some laughs to be had. Glad I paid a matinee price to see it.

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