Me, Myself and Irene unites the comic duo of Jim Carrey and the Farrelly brothers in a funny but not quite as funny as earlier feats There's Something about Mary and Dumb and Dumber.
The truth is that Me, Myself and Irene has about as many gross-out scenes as There's Something About Mary Has, but it also has about ten times as many slow scenes. There is actually an attempted plot in this movie, which actually seems to drag it down a little bit. Jim Carrey and the beautiful (more so than in other movies) Renee Zellweger are on the run through most of the movie from some corrupt cops. Unfortunately, this means some cheesy action scenes and some warm exchanges between the two stars. The movie actually drowns in them.
Luckily, Me, Myself and Irene also has some extremely funny scenes, although they are spread out a lot more sporadically than in Mary. Whether it is just Carrey's nose whistling or him peeing on the wall, the movie will make you squirm only the way the Farrelly brothers can. Just like the zipper scene in Mary, Me, Myself, and Irene has some shockers, though I won't mention them directly in this review.
It is good to see Jim Carrey back in what he was made to do. He has done a great job in such dramatic comedies as The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, but thankfully he hasn't completely forgotten what made him so popular. Carrey is a comic genius, both physically and verbally. His dry mouth skit is fabulous, and he has equally impressive sound effects.
As for Zellweger, she seems about as fluid with Carrey as she is in real life. She is also more attractive than in films such as Jerry Maguire, which is a good thing since most Farrelly brother movies are aimed at the guys (however, about half of the audience were women and they were cracking up just as much). She works well as a more serious adversary to Carrey's craziness, which is good for the story.
The Farrelly brothers also have themselves a piece of art. While in most of their movies their directing talent lies in the amount of things they show to make people laugh, their camera work and use of sound is more apparent in Me, Myself, and Irene. When Charlie changes to his alter ego, Hank, there's some pretty good camera work and use of music to make a relatively unfunny event seem hilarious.
Me, Myself, and Irene needs a little more comedy in the small scenes but has more than enough shocker scenes to satisfy. It is neither Jim Carrey's nor the Farrelly brothers' best work, but still is a decent comedy.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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