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'Fun With Dick and Jane' DVD Review *** 081005
The Work = ***
This version stars George Segal and Jane Fonda as Dick and Jane. They are a slice of white upper middle class Americana. They have a son, live in a neighborhood that would be a yuppies dream and are good spenders. They have a picturebook living.
Then something happens… Dick looses his job. The couple have been good spenders and as such have nothing to fall back on. Jane has not been working and the couple both start to look for work and try to save their home. The movie takes a little while to get going.
To be honest, it took me awhile to get into 'Fun With Dick and Jane'. It is strange because the movie slowly grew on me. Segal and Fonda work surprisingly well and their arguments are quite entertaining. I found Dick’s comments about Jane’s career possibilities especially funny.
Now, if you know nothing about the plot and don’t want to know what Dick and Jane end up doing to make some cash than you might as well stop reading now and check out the movie. For what it is worth I knew going into the film and I didn’t feel it affected my enjoyment of 'Fun With Dick and Jane'. After some failed employment attempts Dick and Jane resort to armed robbery. The film kicks into gear once Dick and Jane start trying to find work and continues through their comical crime spree.
The whole film is pretty tongue and cheek and makes for light entertainment. I mentioned Segal and Fonda work well together and they really carry this movie. They have a certain charm that helps to make their rather one note characters interesting. Segal boosts the humor and Fonda is sexy in her sometimes comical outfits.In a way, it is surprising the two didn’t try teaming up more often.
DVD = ***
All Together = ***
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