I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)


A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he’ll stop at nothing to be with. (IMDb)
Pops of crass sexual humour and childish gay stereotyping throughout mar what is otherwise a heartfelt romance set within a compelling biographical framework. Carrey shines as the complex Steven: On one hand, a passionate lover, protector, and provider for his timid Philip (McGregor is excellent); on the other, a con-man with slippery skills (the cons are fun and feature a great recurring instrumental) that consistently disrupt his relationship but always manage to get it back together.
7/10 (Good)

The Truman Show (1998)


An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show. (IMDb)
A compelling intro here (with the beginning of a great score) sets up a fascinating premise and an instantly endearing lead: A man born into a TV show, unknowingly living a fabricated life. His journey of self-discovery is as tragic as it is thrilling, as his whole world turns against him in his attempts to escape, and while the plot is not without its holes (like a lack of moral questioning), it has more than enough affecting moments (“The last thing I would ever do…”) to make up for them.
8/10 (Great)

Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)


When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet. (IMDb)
The story is quite unrealistic, but considering its themes (the suburban and corporate aspects of the American Dream), its extreme highs and lows make it feel more like an appreciably goofy satire than a desperate low-grade comedy. With a good amount of rambunctious plot-based humour (see Dick’s illegal immigration and lawn stealing) and a fun go-for-broke premise, this is a decent film, even though it lacks any real character development or narrative depth.
6.5/10 (Alright)

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)


Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption. (IMDb)
The writing here couldn’t be more contrived; cringe-worthy joke set-ups (rarely laugh-inducing) dominate the film’s comedy landscape that’s filled out by obviously desperate attempts at recreating the original’s outrageous visual/situational humour, while the plot’s movements are painfully stiff. There are good moments (the final twists are great) and the then/now slideshow in the end credits is remarkably redeeming, but up until then the film mostly fails to hit its mark.
5.5/10 (Poor)

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates. (IMDb)
The film starts off shaky; pointless narration overlays contrived risque humour that’s more discomforting than funny and you’re left waiting for the story to begin. Eventually it finds its groove as a decent road trip/crime comedy, with Carrey’s excellent turn as the two-person Charlie (one scene in which his two personalities are fighting is particularly brilliant), whose gangsta genius sons also provide lots of laughs. It’s the unique characters that spice up a mediocre plot in this film.
6.5/10 (Alright)

Dumb and Dumber (1994)

The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. (IMDb)
Carrey’s now-famous facial elastics and exaggerated actions are only one of many sources of laughs here: Daniels is no slouch, pulling off slapstick and one-liners with ease; the dumbness of the two is revealed in contrived but always hilarious scenes (“the town is THAT way!”), and the “bumbling idiots obliviously outwit the bad guys” situational humour is predictable but ever-funny. The plot didn’t take much thinking but it ends on a fittingly humble note. A classic road trip comedy.
7/10 (Good)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)


A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team. (IMDb)
The titular character is undoubtedly the highlight here; outrageous facial expressions and bodily movements combine with huge hair, Hawaiian shirts, a quick wit, and savvy sleuthing skills to make one of Carrey’s most entertaining personas. The hilarious Ventura and his animal friends join some cocky cops, a ravishing reporter, and quarterback Dan Marino in this wacky but surprisingly well-crafted sports-tinged mystery that’s a lot of fun to watch.
7/10 (Good)