Fun with Dick and Jane
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Two additional scenes were added to the broadcast television premiere on ABC. One that stands out is a scene with Jane (Fonda) getting a job behind a cosmetics counter and having to confront a very difficult obese older female customer. This was a very funny scene that seems to now be lost and Is NOT going to be included in the new DVD release.
I didn't have a VCR at the time to timecapsule this extended version, It never was again! I hoped that it would make it's way onto DVD.
Columbia why do this!!!!! that scene as I rembember it was one of the best scenes in the film and made it even more enjoying. Unhappy fan :(
Especially memorable are the fashion show, the celebratory dinner (with food stamp inspector), and the performance of Carmen. But good spots in this film are too frequent to cite!
The film is good humored, wry and witty, and altogether diverting!
George Segal plays Dick and Jane Fonda plays, well, Jane, in this 1977 comedy directed by Ted Kotcheff. Of course "Fun with Dick and Jane" is a less than subtle attack on the vulgarity of the American middle-class. The comedy comes from seeing the trouble Dick and Jane have in dealing with being poor; apparently it is easier to function with nothing if you never had anything in the first place. My favorite scenes are when Dick and Jane's unpaid for front lawn is repossessed by the local nursery and when the aspiring robbers are applauded by customers when they rob the phone company. Segal and Fonda are both fine in comic performances that play to their strong suits, and Ed McMahon takes an interesting "dramatic" as Dick's boss, who not only fires our hero but who also has been skimming money from the company. Maybe that is the source of all that Publishers Clearinghouse money. "Fun with Dick and Jane" is one of the better social comedies about the "Great Recession" of the late Seventies.
Though she earned most of her acclaim in dramatic roles, Fonda was always a fantastic comedy actress (her Corie Bratter in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK is still a delight to behold some 40-odd years later), and her work here is no exception. George Segal beautifully complements her and their onscreen rapport is phenomenal. This is a rare return to the classic Hollywood screwball comedy style; a sheer delight. With Ed McMahon, Dick Gautier, Anne Ramsey, Fred Willard and Allan Miller.
Dick and Jane had been living like there was no tomorrow in a high maintenance life style. When Dick is terminated, they have no resources. The local nursery reposseses their shrubbery and lawn. Their utilities are shut off. Jane finds she has no job skills, and Dick is trying to get by on unemployment. They don't give a thought, of course, to selling their house and cutting back. It's decision time. They decide to turn to crime.
The film has its funny moments, like when they are being pursued by the TV evangelist who wants his money back. They discover that some people don't seem to care if they rob big business, especially if the people are having trouble with the business. But, they discover that they really have no net gain as the money is just meeting their bills as they maintain a high life style (and how do they explain their employment to their social set).
They finally hit on the solution to their troubles. If you steal money that does not officially exist, who will people complain to, the police? Dick discovers he has some inside information, and Jane has a few skills that you would not expect a young woman to learn at a university. Universities don't teach urban survival skills.
The film shows that Jane Fonda could act if she was given a suitable role by a producer. After all, acting runs in her family.
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The movie was rather slow paced and uneventful. I didn't feel like there was a climax in the entire movie. I liked the Egyptian version of the movie much better.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this movie. We have looked at it many times. Might buy it.Published 5 months ago by Donald Burrell
Great Movie alot better than the remake with Jim Carey. Glad I have it to watch.Published 6 months ago by Russell Webb