Jim Carrey delivers an outrageous performance in this "fall-down, flat-out, irresistibly deranged movie" (Rolling Stone). Rhode Island state trooper Charlie Baileygates (Jim Carrey) proves that nice guys finish first afte... more »r marrying the prettiest gal in town. But when she leaves him for another man, Charlie develops a split personality and his outrageous opposite, Hank, is born! Hank's got a filthy mouth, drinks like a fish and loves dirty, dirty sex. When Charlie falls crazy in love with beautiful but wanted Irene, he must battle Hank for her affection while on the run from both the cops and the criminals.« less
Raunchy slapstick adventure from the Farrelly Brothers stars Jim Carrey (in what may be his most manic performance to date) in a dual role as mild mannered "Charlie," a repressed Rhode Island state trooper, and his split-personality alter ego "Hank," a crazed maniac. When Charlie is assigned to escort a lovely witness (Renee Zellweger) back to New York State, both he and Hank battle for her affections on an increasingly twisted road trip that eventually includes mobsters, crooked cops, and a very hard to kill cow. A total hoot.
Carrey Scores Big Laughs
Reviewer | 08/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What happens to a guy who lives with repressed frustration for years? And what happens when he's taken all he can, and he just can't take any more? Well, the Farrelly Brothers, that zany duo who brought us "Dumb and Dumber," and "There's Something About Mary," have the answer: Something snaps! And this time around they have Jim Carrey on hand to illustrate their premise in "Me, Myself & Irene," a movie that is by turns outrageous, gross, stupefying, visually eclectic, unpredictable, and most importantly, hilarious. Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers are a match made in cinematic comedic heaven; and their previous outing together (Dumb and Dumber) was merely a warm up for this one. Here, Carrey is Charlie, an eighteen year veteran of the Rhode Island Highway Patrol. Finally, when his psychological needs reach the boiling point, the dam bursts, and out steps "Hank," the answer to his years of suppressed anger and avoiding confrontation, and it all gives Jim Carrey a chance to really break loose. And does he ever. In what amounts to a dual role, Carrey here proves that he is nothing less than a master of physical transformation; his initial change into Hank is awesome to behold, and as the story progresses he slips effortlessly between one character and the other, and his final confrontation (with himself) is a riot. And he does it by dexterously taking it to the edge without going completely over the top into the ridiculous. Renee Zellweger (Irene) gives a notable performance here, as well; initially somewhat nondescript, she warms up as things move along, and ultimately her Irene emerges as a rather endearing character. It's a tough part, given the fact that she is competing, somewhat, in what is predominately a showpiece for Carrey, but she is just winsome enough to keep herself in the running throughout. The supporting cast includes Robert Forster (the Lieutenant, Captain, Colonel), Michael Bowman (Whitey) and Chris Cooper (Joe). As with all of their movies, this offering from Peter and Bobby Farrelly is not going to be for everyone; it is politically incorrect and anything but subtle from beginning to end, and some of the jokes are down right crass, crude and barbaric. But if you're familiar with the Farrelly's previous work, you'll know what to expect; if not, just steel yourself and get ready for a wild ride. It is funny, at times hysterical, and it's one of Carrey's best performances, one in which he aptly demonstrates just how versatile he really is. There are some over-the-top, gross-out sight gags, definitely not for the squeamish, and some of the language is off-color. No matter what your personal sensitivity level is, there is a good chance you will find something here offensive, but you're going to laugh at "Me, Myself & Irene," even if it's in spite of yourself. At the very least, you're going to find out what all the fuss is over Jim Carrey. One way or another, this is one movie you're not likely to forget, and the chances are pretty good that you're going to want to see it again."
Highly Entertaining, Highly Overlooked
Todd Gray | Holt, Michigan United States | 01/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Me, Myself, and Irene was the much anticipated follow up to There's Something About Mary. The problem was that when it hit the theaters, the hype had gone, and the movie did not do as well as anyone could have anticipated. The truth is that many moviegoers missed one of Jim Carrey's funniest performances.Carrey plays the mild mannered Rhode Island Trooper who has a split personality. He is now Hank, and Charlie. He then has to escort a prisoner back to New York so she can pay off a parking ticket. Renee Zellweger does a decent job as the prisoner, but the real laughs come from the over the top performance from Carrey. There are many gags in this film that push what should be done to people, but you are still laughing despite of all that you see. This film was sadly overlooked in its theatrical run due to other summer films such as Scary Movie, and the horrible Nutty Proffesor II. This film is much better than both of those, and deserves a second look on video and DVD."
A FUNNY AND FILTHY FARCE...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 01/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of the Farrelly brothers other movies, "King Pin", "There's Something About Mary", and "Dumb and Dumber", then you will really enjoy this movie. The Farrelly brothers and Jim Carrey are a match made in heaven. Their style suits Carrey's, as the movie is full of the physical comedy and sight gags which are Carrey's forte.This is a pretty funny, though somewhat sophomoric, movie. It is also pretty filthy, at times, and definitely not for the movie goer of delicate sensibilities. There is something to offend just about everyone, so be prepared. The basic premise of the movie is simple. A Rhode Island state trooper, Charley Baileygates, played by Jim Carrey, marries the prettiest and smartest girl in town. After she gives birth to triplets for whom Charley could not possibly be the father, for reasons obvious to the viewer, she later leaves him for another man, her soul mate and likely father of the triplets. She leaves Charley with the triplets, whom he raises as his own. The cuckolded Charley goes on to become the town joke and a seriously repressed man.Eighteen years later, he snaps and begins to express his anger through an alternate personality and quintessential bad boy who calls himself Hank. Hank has attitude and plenty of it, and he lets everyone know that he is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore. Charley's superiors send him to be evaluated, and he is given medication to control his psychiatric disorder. Enter Irene, played by Rener Zellweger. Charley is asked to escort her to upstate New York where she is ostensibly wanted on a hit and run. Unbeknownst to either of them, she is being hunted down by dirty cops who are looking to silence her, as it is believed that she may have information that could take down her crooked ex boyfriend who is being investigated by the EPA.During their trip, Hank, Charley, and Irene have a host of advantures, which are often hilarious, as Charley and Hank battle over who will become the dominant personality. The low key Zellweger is a good foil for the rubber faced Carrey's physical comedy. As Charley and Irene are pursued by the dirty cops, the now grown triplets, funny and profane, also add another element, as they go to their father's rescue.The DVD has something for everyone, as it has a plethora of bonus features. It is a DVD that all Carrey fans should have in their collection."
5 star funny movie, 1 star treatment on the Blu-ray release
terpfan1980 | Somewhere near Washington DC, United States | 02/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What the heck is going on with the studios that pull out favorites from their libraries and then proceed to put less content on the Blu-ray discs than they did for the DVD releases of the same films? Seriously, if you are going to put out a library title, make darned sure that you offer up a reason to actually spend the money to upgrade and move to Blu instead of just keeping the DVD release and living with it.
I love this movie. It is wicked, deranged, twisted, warped, and all of the other similar words you could pull from a Roget's thesaurus that mean the same basic thing. It is also insanely funny. Jim Carrey plays Charlie Baileygates, a member of the finest police force known to man. A man who is just too darned nice, and who has let the world treat him as a doormat for far too long. Eventually all of the abuse that Charlie has taken overwhelms him and an split personality arises within Charlie that releases 'Hank' upon the world. Hank is Charlie's mean and wicked alter ego, and thanks to an on screen battle between the two personalities and appearances by Hank at the absolute worst time for Charlie we get to see a riotously funny movie.
Renée Zellweger also stars and adds to the fun in this movie as an individual that Charlie must safely transport on a road trip. While transporting her, Charlie and Hank fight the internal struggle within Charlie to bring his personalities together so he doesn't wind up causing himself or others harm, as well as perhaps losing his dream job working as a Rhode Island state trooper.
The DVD version of the movie is a classic for me. It offers several nice extras, some of which were inexplicably left out of this Blu-ray release. I really wish the studio hadn't gone that route as I'd love to recommend this title for purchase, but rewarding such tactics just seems completely wrong to me. The bare minimum would be to keep everything that was on the DVD, and really customers should expect to get *more* for their money when being asked to 'double dip' on buying these library titles. Getting less is not to be rewarded, so I'd have to say rent this title or get the much less expensive DVD release instead of the Blu-ray here. While the picture quality is better on the Blu-ray, it's not enough of a bump to really make paying for this disc worth it. At least not for me. :-("
nodice | Manchester, Ga United States | 04/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"3.5 stars. This was a stronger movie than I expected. The first hour, I literally had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard. The cow scene, to me, was just priceless. But honestly, I didn't quite understand what Irene was supposed to know and how it involved the characters chasing them and frankly I don't care. This is by no means Carrey's best work, since he was obviously trying to channel Dirty Harry for his Hank character, but he successfully gets me to care about Charlie. His three 'sons' in my opinion were waaay over the top and could have been toned down quite a bit. Zwellger obviously did this film because she was dating Carrey at the time. The results was that she came across more as a prop than a real character and that's remarkable for someone with her talent. The Farrelly brothers' oddball comedy is a hit in most areas which makes it easy to recommend this comedy if you're truely in a goofy mood."