Jim Carrey celebrates his 52nd birthday today. But if his films were gifts, what would your reaction be? Neil Renton offers his verdict…
‘Wow! You shouldn’t have!’
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Carrey dazzles and Kate Winslet shines as a couple who have their memories erased so they can forget each other. But the real star of the show is director Michel Gondry, who someone pulls off the spectacle with very little CGI. A romantic tale for people with a brain as well as a heart.
The Truman Show (1998)
Back in the Nineties, before reality shows ruled the airwaves, the thought that we could be filmed 24 hours a day for the purpose of entertainment was a far fetched notion. As was the fact that Jim Carrey could act. Both of those fantasies came true in this film.
‘What a surprise!’
The Cable Guy (1996)
This arrived with Carrey the world’s biggest movie star with the largest pay cheque but Ben Stiller’s directorial effort bombed badly at the box office. People wanted a slapstick laugh fest, but what they got was a dark comedy with Matthew Broderick wanting free cable and Carrey wanting a friend. As a result they unfortunately stayed away in their droves.
I Love You Philip Morris (2009)
Carrey was said to have earned $20 million for The Cable Guy, which is the same amount as ‘I Love You Philip Morris’ made on its worldwide release, although you can tell why it was a hard sell, especially in America. It’s based on the true story of a conman who tries to escape from prison to meet up with a man (Ewan McGregor) who he’s fallen in love with. Carrey shows he can do sincere.
‘You shouldn’t have. No, really, you shouldn’t have’
Kick Ass 2 (2013)
You know a film is in trouble when one of the stars denounces it before its release and that’s what happened with this sequel. Carrey felt that the violence was a bit too much after the Sandy Hook massacre, but maybe he knew it wasn’t as good as it was expected to be.
Fun With Dick And Jane (2005)
Like The Cable Guy, this was a little ahead of its time. The premise – a happily married couple turn to crime when they have no jobs – could have worked so well after the credit crunch. But you get the feeling that no matter the release date, this flat comedy would have sunk.