He works for the behemoth Globodyne, a worldwide leader in the consolidation of media properties, run by the legendary mogul Jack McCallister Alec Baldwin. When McCallister summons Dick to the executive suite, the latter knows his long-time ambition of becoming a vice president is about to be realized. With his promotion secured, Dick tells Jane to quit her job in order to spend more time with their son who is closer to the Hispanic housekeeper than he is to his parents they speak to him in English, he responds in Spanish. Six hours into his new position, Dick as VP of communications appears on a CNN-like financial news program only to be confronted by his host as well as consumer advocate Ralph Nader playing himself about executive malfeasance in the collapse of Globodyne. At this point, televised graphics show the company stock entering free-fall even as a stuttering, sweating Dick continues to deliver his embarrassing pro-company spiel.
Even before the opening credit sequence, the zaniness of the presumptuously entitled Fun With Dick And Jane has become truly wearisome. Like wow! Oh my sides. Inept capering aside, this remake of the comedy is probably as fascinating as a two-and-a-half laugh movie can be. Fancying itself as a post-Enron corporate satire, Fun… is set against the recent Depression era that was the year Incapable of holding down a McJob like the rest of us, affluent suburbanites Jim Carrey and Tea Leone turn to a life of crime.
Forgotbusters re-examines movies that were among the top 25 grossing films the year of their release, but have receded culturally, in order to explore what originally attracted audiences to them, and why they failed to endure. My wife and I are expecting our first child in November, and one question looms above all others as we prepare for the blessed event: How are we going to pay for all of this? I make a solid living and have not been sued by a major credit-card company in over a year. The original film follows an upper-middle-class couple played by George Segal and Jane Fonda, who resort to armed robbery after losing their cushy jobs. So when the film was remade in , I was more than cautiously optimistic.
The documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" wrested only tragedy from the corporate scandal of its title, but it probably should come as no great surprise that now Hollywood is looking to mine big laughs from the same. Based on the Me Generation laugh-in of the same title with Jane Fonda and George Segal, this comic redo doesn't so much update the plight of its fast-sinking upwardly mobile couple as dust off the story's central conceit: namely, the flip side of the American dream is a nightmare but, you know, also kind of funny. Jane works for a travel agency, though Dick brings home the big bucks from a company called Globodyne, which has something to do with consolidation and media properties but is really just an enormous Enron-like shell game.