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Directed by The Farrelly Brothers
Running Time: 1:55
Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, strong language and some violence.

Well I must say that with the combination of Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers, I was expecting a little more out of Me, Myself & Irene. It certainly has a lot of nasty gross out humor, and some trademark Jim Carrey moments, but it wasn't a funny movie. It was a movie with funny moments.

Jim Carrey plays Charlie Baileygates, a Rhode Island cop of 18 years. 18 years ago he got married to a beautiful woman (Traylor Howard) who on their wedding day starts an affair with a black, midget limo driver. She has triplets who are obviously the limo driver's kids, and when she runs off with him, Charlie is left alone to raise the kids. Fast forward 18 years later. The kids are huge and smart, and Charlie has been going along getting stepped on at every point by just about everyone else in his life. The one day in a grocery store, he snaps. And out comes Hank. Charlie is diagnosed with Split Personality Disorder and when things start to go bad in Charlie's life, Hank comes out and takes over. So while Charlie is a sweet, easy going guy, Hank is a bad ass, or at least thinks he is. Along the way Charlie meets the lovely Irene (Renee Zellweger). She is on the run from an ex-boyfriend who is being targeted by the EPA among other groups. Charlie is supposed to take her back to upstate New York but things go wrong and the two of them end up on the run. Or should I say the three of them, as Charlie and Hank battle it out for control of the body.

The plot of the movie isn't all that important. The main focus of this film is Jim Carrey playing two different personalities while in the same body. The plot of the movie is just there to keep things moving, and allow Charlie/Hank to fight amongst themselves. It makes for some amusing moments, but the moments are few and far between for the first 90 minutes. With about 25 minutes left, things start to pick up and it rocks and rolls to the end. But the first 90 minutes seem to plod on by. There are some funny scenes, most of them extremely nasty to look at, and generally include asses, and things that tend to come out of an ass. However, there are a lot of filler scenes that tend to bog down the movie. It's only towards the end where the movie goes where I think it should have gone all along. Movies like this don't really need a sappy underlying story. It just needs a laugh a minute story that uses the amazing talents Jim Carrey has. He never really lets loose until the end. Renee Zellweger, who in my opinion has an amazing belly and arguably the best face in Hollywood (well, along with Kelly Preston), does get to play a little more than just the usual woman in distress role, which makes her character that much more than just a pretty face. And I thought the funniest people in the movie were definitely the Baileygates kids, Jamaal (Anthony Anderson), Lee Harvey (Mongo Brownlee) and Shonte Jr. (Jerod Mixon).

If you're looking for gross out humor, the Farrellys certainly give you what you want. If you thought There's Something About Mary was over the top, there are some things in this movie that may make you actually want to leave the theater. I on the other hand still have the mentality of a teenager, so I live for nasty humor. There were also little things that I found really funny, including the cameo by tennis superstar Anna Kournikova. As much as I enjoy crude humor, I also look for just generally funny things, and this movie didn't deliver them as much as I hoped. I think the Farrelly brothers were looking to push the envelope even further with their brand of rude laughs, and forgot to make an overall funny film. Jim Carrey has the ability to make people laugh just with facial expressions, but he was locked down into the Farrelly type humor which hurt his performance. However, as I said before, the last 25 minutes of the movie was worth the price of admission. And make sure to stay all the way through the end credits, because there is a little more afterwards. Oh yes, I'm not going to touch on any controversy about making fun of people with this disease. I personally feel that people these days are too PC and if we did everything all those people wanted, there wouldn't be any humor left in the world, because there is always going to be someone who takes offense at something someone says. I say leave your PC views in the car and just enjoy what's on screen and realize that it's not real life.

So overall, I thought Me, Myself & Irene had funny moments, even laugh out loud moments, but it wasn't consistent. The humor was mostly gross out laughs, and not a lot of the Jim Carrey laughs we've come to know and love. It was good, and I love Rene Zellweger enough to see anything she's in, but it wasn't what I expected from Carrey and the Farrelly brothers.

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reviewed 06/24/00

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