Conjoined twins. Loveable losers. Borderline mentally handicapped people. Schizophrenics. Nothing is off limits to the Farrelly Brothers, and the latter was the subject of their first entry of the new millennium, Me, Myself & Irene. Not only is a spectacular way to start, it might be their best work behind There’s Something About Mary.
Jim Carrey couldn’t have been cast better, playing a Rhode Island police officer with a split personality, caught up in a crime ring only the Farrelly Brothers could come up with. It’s not unlike their previous pairing, Dumb and Dumber. At times, it does feel familiar, with bumbling villains, goofball characters, and countless instances of sheer stupidity.
Unlike Dumber, Irene makes the most of its R-rating. Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee, and Jerod Mixon are simply priceless as the gifted, foul-mouthed kids of Carrey’s previous marriage. It’s almost a shame they’re not given more screen time.
The insane plot involves a budding romance, environmental crime, racially charged midgets, German instruction manuals, and indestructible cows. Somehow, all of it comes together as Carrey takes co-star Renee Zellweger away from her previous boyfriend who is after who for witnessing his crimes. Laughs never stop, and the movie never drags. Numerous laugh out gags are included, some visual, some dialogue. Irene never feels repetitive or reaching, despite digging at the bottom of the maturity barrel for many of its gags.
Despite pulling in $90 million at the box office, Irene never seems to grab the attention of the mainstream like the Brother’s previous works. It’s not Dumb and Dumber or Mary, but that doesn’t change the fact that this wild ride offers just as many laughs per minute as its predecessors. This is comedy that should not be ignored.
Sadly, Fox doesn’t seem to have much enthusiasm for the film if this Blu-ray is any indication. This is an overly soft transfer, lacking any significant detail. Faces appear off-color and pasty, almost assuredly due to some DNR. Slight edge enhancement is visible, especially during the opening fight with Tony Cox. Colors are inconsistent, but always seem faded and flat. Black levels never look deep enough. It all looks like an upconverted DVD with a better compression codec.
Likewise, the DTS-HD Master track doesn’t offer much either. Dialogue is somewhat muted, lacking a crispness one should expect from a modern film. Music kicks in the subwoofer on a few occasions with satisfying (albeit short-lived) bass. The surrounds are used sparingly, mostly for minor ambience. Some minor stereo channel use is evident as well, though it’s nothing to be excited about.
Extras are paltry, with a funny commentary from Farrelly Brothers leading the way. They continue talking about 10 deleted/extended scenes that run for 17 minutes, all in abysmally low quality that makes them hard to even see at times. A short selection of trailers are all that’s left.