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Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Released: 2/5/2008
All Ratings out of
Review by Mike Long, Posted on 2/10/2008
Consistency is something which is hard to come by in life, but it's especially hard to find in entertainment. Performers who can deliver on every outing are few and far between. And we become more critical when someone has had success in the past. In 1998, Bobby and Peter Farrelly struck gold with There's Something About Mary. By 2000, Jim Carrey had seen his share of ups and downs. Liar, Liar was a box-office success, The Truman Show had been a critical success, but Man on the Moon failed to find an audience. So, when The Farrellys and Carrey teamed up for Me, Myself & Irene, audiences weren't sure what to expect.
Me, Myself & Irene tells the story of Charlie Baileygates (Jim Carrey), a member of the Rhode Island State Police. As the story opens, Charlie is in love with Layla (Traylor Howard) and they marry. But, Layla has an affair and leaves Charlie with three young boys (all of whom aren't Caucasian like Charlie...). Charlie, ever the good guy, takes this in stride and goes on with life. As the years go by, Charlie does his best to raise the boys (all of whom are foul-mouthed geniuses) and working. During this time, everyone in town learns thart Charlie is a push-over and they take advantage of him. One day, Charlie simply states and seeks retaliation. Psychological testing shows that Charlie has a split personality (which is erroneously called schizophrenia), and that his alter-ego, named Hank, lives out all of Charlie's suppressed rage. Concerned about his performance, Charlie's superiors give him an easy assignment: transporting a woman named Irene (Rene Zellweger) back to New York, where she's facing charges. When Rene arrives at their destination, she learns that she's actually been summoned there by the EPA, as they need her to testify against her former employer. That employer attempts to kill Irene, so she seeks help from Charlie. Charlie is more than happy to help Irene, as he's attracted to her, but neither of them expected Hank to offer his assistance as well.
Considering the success that they had in Dumb & Dumber, filmgoers were interested to see what The Farrelly's and Jim Carrey could do with Me, Myself & Irene. And while the movie was a box-office success, many were disappointed by it. (It has a 45% on rottentomatoes.com.) When compared to the other films by The Farrellys, one can begin to see why. The Farrelly's are at their strongest when they take a semi-normal situation and characters and then throw in some quirks. (Such as in There's Something About Mary orThe Heartbreak Kid.) With Me, Myself & Irene, they've taken an abnormal character (Charlie with his split-personality) and placed him into an unusual adventure. Because of this, it's hard for the viewer to connect with the film. This is further confounded by the fact that both Charlie and Hank are difficult to like -- Charlie because he's too nice and Hank because he's too mean. There are also some issues with the script. The film runs nearly 2 hours, but the second half of the film consists of one chase scene after another...amounting to little.
But, the fact that Me, Myself & Irene isn't as good as the other efforts by either The Farrellys or Jim Carrey, doesn't mean that it should be written off completely. Carrey doesn't give his greatest performance here (if anything, he's too controlled), but his comedic abilities certainly bring a great deal to the movie. Few actors could shift from Charlie to Hank as he does, and his penchant for doing anything for laughs saves several scenes in the movie.
As for The Farellys, the movie may get away from them in the end, but there are moments where they do what they do best. Comedy is all about the element of surprise, and few filmmakers can shock an audience like The Farrellys. There aren't any moments here that compare to There's Something About Mary, but the scene where Charlie snaps, the scene with the cow and the scene where Charlie goes to the bathroom all contain very surprising moments -- the kind where the viewer laughs in spite of themselves. These are the kind of scenes which make a Farrelly Brother's movie worth watching.
Again, it seemed like the perfect formula: The Farrelly Brothers working with Jim Carrey in a film where Carrey played a person with a mental illness. However, the movie was too heavy on story and too short on jokes. While it's not a classic, Me, Myself & Irene does contain some funny moments and must be viewed by fans of either Carrey or The Farrellys.
Me, Myself & Irene makes two halves a whole on Blu-ray Disc courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The film has been letterboxed at 1.85:1 and the disc contains a MPEG-2 1080p HD transfer which runs at an average of 33 Mbps. The image looks good, but not great when compared to either Blu-rays. The image is sharp and clear, but there is a very fine sheen of grain visible. Also, I noted some defects from the source material -- some white spots and at one point, a "cigarette burn" (Did they use a theatrical print for this transfer?) The colors look good and the image is never overly dark or bright. But, there is some blurring of the image here, and there isn't a great deal of depth or detail. When compared to DVD, the image is somewhat sharper, but not by a great deal. The Blu-ray carries a DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio track which runs at 48 kHz and 1.5 Mbps. The track provide clear dialogue and sound effects. There are some nice stereo effects here, and the front channels bring forth a notable amount of detail. The action scenes provide some surround and subwoofer effects, most notably the scene involving the helicopter.
The Me, Myself & Irene Blu-ray Disc contains a few extras. We start with an AUDIO COMMENTARY from Peter and Bobby Farrelly. This will interesting anyone who wanted to have each and every one of the Farrelly's friends who appear in the film pointed out to them. Otherwise, we only get scant information about the making of the movie. They comment on locations, but rarely go into great detail about the actors or the story. The disc contains 10 DELETED SCENES which run about 17 minutes and can be viewed with optional commentary from The Farrellys. With these scenes, the material included in the finished film is in black & white, while the deleted material is in color, so we know where it would have gone in the movie. There are some good gags here. The extras are rounded out by two THEATRICAL TRAILERS for the movie. These extras are fine, but the Me, Myself & Irene DVD contained some making-of featurettes and a music video from Foo Fighters which aren't found here.
Review Copyright 2008 by Mike Long