Jim Carrey has appeared in dozens of movies over the years. And while movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Y dumb and dumb have endured, many of the actor’s films have been lost to time. As Carrey considers whether he should retire from acting, here are five oft-overlooked movies fans of his should rewatch.
‘Once Bitten’ (1985)
This sex comedy sees Carrey star as a teenager who becomes the primary target of an ancient vampire (Lauren Hutton). The film, which also co-stars Cleavon Little and Karen Kopins, was not only Carrey’s first on-screen kiss, but also her first leading role in a movie. Prior to once bittenCarrey was primarily known for Canadian television movies.
The movie didn’t set fire to the box office or anything. But it developed a reputation as a cult classic, especially after Carrey became an A-list movie star nearly a decade later. once bitten remains an amusing novelty in Carrey’s career. Fans interested in seeing it can now stream it on Hoopla, Tubi, and Pluto TV.
‘The Majestic’ (2001)
Sandwiched between his two biggest box office hits: How the Grinch stole Christmas Y bruce almighty – was this serious drama about a 1950s screenwriter (Carrey) who is taken in by a small-town community after having amnesia. At the time, this was the most direct dramatic work Carrey had ever done in a major studio film.
the majestic has a first-rate director in Frank Darabont (Life imprisonment) and a strong cast that includes Martin Landau, Hal Holbrooks and Laurie Holden. And he’s clearly going for a Frank Capra-esque tone. Audiences at the time didn’t know what to make of it, but today’s Carrey fans might be more forgiving.
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‘Fun with Dick and Jane’ (2005)
Once upon a time, Fun with Dick and Jane was supposed to star in Carrey and his The mask co-star Cameron Diaz. Although that didn’t happen, Carrey and Téa Leoni share great chemistry as a married couple who turn to a life of crime in this remake of the 1977 film. Fun with Dick and Jane it earned $205 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Throughout his career, Carrey frequently alternated between comedy and drama. Case in point, Fun with Dick and Jane it came just a year later Eternal sunshine of the memoryless mind. And while it’s perhaps among Carrey’s most neglected vehicles, the film still maintains a certain appeal, particularly with regards to Carrey’s antics.
‘I love you Philip Morris’ (2009)
This dark comedy made just $2 million in domestic theaters. And it’s a real shame, as it’s one of Carrey’s best performances. The actor plays con artist Steven Jay Russell, who falls in love with the titular Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) when the men are jailed. It is based on a true story and a book by Steve McVicker.
I love you Felipe Morris is also the directorial debut of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (crazy stupid love). It’s a project that Carrey was clearly passionate about. The actor took a huge pay cut and struggled through one of the most controversial sequences in the film. And it remains one of the most criminally underrated movies of his to date.
‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)
The Sonic the Hedgehog movies are often praised as wholesome family entertainment. And the same can be said for this film, loosely based on the 1938 children’s book. Carrey plays a businessman whose life falls apart when the titular birds arrive at his door. A box office success, the film earned $187 million worldwide.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins it might not break new ground for either the genre or Carrey’s career. But it’s a sweet family movie with a lot of heart, a strong message, and strong performances across the board. Families looking for something fun to watch together afterwards sonic the hedgehog 2 can transmit Mr. Popper’s Penguins now on Hulu.
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5 Jim Carrey Movies Fans Have All Forgotten