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The first is a pleasant enough comedy with several inspired moments. The second is a truly wicked social satire that keeps trying to sneak through. If they'd made the second movie, they might have had some kind of masterpiece on their hands.
After Dick Harper loses his job at Globodyne in an Enron-esque collapse, he and his wife, Jane, turn to crime in order to handle the massive debt they now face. Two intelligent people, Dick and Jane actually get pretty good at robbing people and even enjoy it -- but they have second thoughts when they're reminded that crime can hurt innocent people. When the couple hears that Globodyne boss Jack McCallister actually swindled the company, they plot revenge.
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Kudos where they're due: This comedy of downward mobility isn't afraid to name names by ending with a pointed list of thanks to corporate plunderers and their henchman, from Enron chairman Ken Lay to Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski. If only the movie itself were so sharply funny. The year isand corporate shill Dick Harper Jim Carrey is moving steadily up
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Directed by Ted Kotcheffthe film is caustically critical of the "anarchy" of the American way of life. The character names come from the Dick and Jane series of children's educational books, and the title is taken from the title of one of the books in the series. Dick Harper is a successful aerospace engineer in Los Angeleswhere he and wife Jane have a lovely house, with a swimming pool and new lawn under way.
Dick and Jane refers to the two main characters, "Dick" and "Jane", created by Zerna Sharp for a series of basal readers that William S. Gray wrote to teach children to read. The characters first appeared in the Elson-Gray Readers in and continued in a subsequent series of books through the final version that Scott Foresman published in
The story focuses on a married, middle-class couple who resort to robbery when the husband's employer goes bankrupt. In the yearDick Harper Jim Carreya executive for a major media corporation called Globodyne, gets promoted to Vice President of Communications. Finding increasingly difficult to apply to a comparable job as vice president, Dick accepts low paying work, but he and Jane are unable to keep their jobs, so they start to sell their utilities first.