The Farrelly Brothers Collection (There's Something About Mary / Shallow Hal / Me, Myself & Irene)
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Contains: *Me Myself and Irene *Shallow Hal *There's Something About Mary (Single Disc)
There's Something About Mary is one of the funniest movies in years, recalling the days of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker movies with (often tasteless) gags piled on at a fierce rate. The difference is that cowriters and codirectors Bobby and Peter Farrelly have also crafted a credible story line and even tossed in some genuine emotional content, made all the funnier by the fact that you know that they know that some of their gags go way over the line. Cameron Diaz stars as Mary, every guy's ideal. Ben Stiller plays a high-school suitor still hung up on Mary years later. The obstacles standing between him and Mary include a number of psychotic suitors, a miserable little pooch, and, oh yeah, a murder charge.
In a minor miracle, the clever romantic fantasy Shallow Hal offers unexpected substance with the same comedic effrontery that made the Farrellys famous. Their antihero is Hal (Jack Black), whose fixation on beautiful women is reversed so he can see only the inner beauty of "undesirables"--like his new girlfriend Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), gorgeous in Hal's eyes despite being grossly obese. The movie's handling of this conundrum is sweetly sincere, poking fun at social prejudices while validating those (overweight, homely, disabled) who are often heartbroken by Hal's brand of shallowness. The concept won't hold up to scrutiny, but Shallow Hal works as an often hilarious reminder that physical beauty is only skin deep.
In Me, Myself & Irene, Jim Carrey plays cop Charlie Baileygates, a nice guy who goes around trying to do the right thing but gets taken advantage of every step of the way. His psyche can only take so much, and soon his alter-ego Hank pops out to do every libidinous thing Charlie would never do. It's a great premise for a Jim Carrey film. Unfortunately, it's not a great Jim Carrey film. Here the Farrelly brothers get lost in a series of lazy gags and an even lazier plot about some evil golf development and the woman, Irene (Renée Zellweger), who needs to be protected because she knows something about it. Some of the jokes hit but many more miss, and some great concepts don't go anywhere. It's like the movie itself has a split personality--funny ideas trapped in a less- than-funny film.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.75 inches; 12.8 Ounces
- Director : Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 5 hours and 48 minutes
- Release date : November 19, 2002
- Actors : Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Jack Black
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00006G8J0
- Writers : Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Mike Cerrone
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY: This movie has so many sex related jokes, it's worse than High School. I think they tell 5 different names for "cleaning the pipes". or Mary using "baby batter" for Hair Gel. Then there is all the little things.
ME, MYSELF, AND IRENE: I mean no disrespect AT ALL toward those with schizophrenia, but this movie has Jim Carrey as one funny schizo. The funniest characters would have to be Carrey's sons. Their speech makes sailors look like nuns. then all the problems that happen to the duo are hilarious.
SHALLOW HAL: THis movie is funny. It may make fun of the obese, but it is still funny. But the real story is Hal gains the ability to see the inner beauty of a woman. Jason Alexander is a "dog" of a character in this movie (you will get the joke when you see it.) This is good, but could have been better.
OVERALL: The Farrelly Bros. are comic masterminds. I would buy this set if i didn't already have "Mary". Hope someone listens. Peace out All!