Top 365 Films – #289 – Me, Myself And Irene (2000)

Top 365 Films - Me Myself and IreneDIRECTED BY: The Farrelly Brothers

STARRING: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee, Jerod Mixon, Chris Cooper, Michael Bowman, Robert Forster and Daniel Greene

BUDGET: $51m

EARNED (Worldwide): $149.2m

AWARDS: None

 

SYNOPSIS

A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates.

 

Patrol officer Charlie Baileygates carries with him some emotional baggage. His wife has left him for another man, thus leaving him to take care of three children that aren’t his. He’s mild-mannered and non confrontational, which makes him a pushover amongst members of the community and even his next door neighbour. Even through all of this, Charlie still bottles up his anger…which leads to it finally coming out in a form of another personality known as Hank Evans, the polar opposite of Charlie, being outrageous and confrontational. Prescribed with medication, Charlie is assigned to escort a woman named Irene Waters to New York, which unfortunately for them leads them through a series of unfortunate events as they both go on the run from corrupts cops and Irene’s ex-boyfriend.

 

Quite possibly the last Farrelly Brothers film I really enjoyed, Me, Myself & Irene was a nice change of pace for Jim Carrey after The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, getting to play two different characters and go for any range he saw fit. While the premise is straight forward and hysterical, it does lead to some crude humour (it’s the Farrelly Brothers after all, expect nothing less), so I guess the film will depend on what your viewing of comedy is. Me, I couldn’t stop laughing at this film, from the somewhat endless scene of Charlie trying to put a cow out of its misery, to the arguments that take place between Charlie’s three ‘sons’, who end up being geniuses.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Charlie vs Hank fight. Jim Carrey’s performance throughout this scene is ridiculous, even on multiple viewings.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Wrong answer! And the name’s Hank, fuckface.’ – Hank Evans

DID YOU KNOW?: The scene where Renée Zellweger kicks Jim Carrey over the railing and down the hill was done by Jim Carrey himself (instead of a stunt double) after many pleadings. He did a few takes but they used the first one. A mattress was used for him to pop back into frame.