Yes, I am one of the few people who didn't think "There's Something About Mary" was all that funny. Not that I don't like crude humor - not at all. I actually loved the two previous efforts from directors the Farrelly Brothers, "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber". A re-teaming with "Dumb" star Jim Carrey sounded very promising, but the results aren't completely as good as they could be.
Carrey plays Rhode Island state trouper Charlie, a mild-mannered Rhode Island state trooper who consistently gets walked over and taken advantage of. Not to mention, his wife has just left him for an African-American midget. He's left with 3 kids who are not his, but he cares for them anyway. They grow up, and turn out to be geniuses who just happen to use several four-letter words in-between studying science and other subjects to get into schools like Harvard.
Charlie has been accepting all of the things that have happened to him, but at one point early on, he cracks. All that built-up anger comes out in the form of a different personality, named Hank. Sort of like an evil version of Carrey's Ace Ventura character, he gets in the way and his choice of words often gets Charlie beaten up. Charlie gets medicine to control the problem, but, of course, the medicine gets left in a hotel room when he finds himself protecting Irene.
Irene(Renee Zellweger) is in trouble with the law, due to the fact that she's involved with some sort of plot having to do with a country club and environmental problems. It doesn't really make much sense, nor is it really that interesting. The movie spends too much time focusing on the plot, and it sometimes drags down the pace and the tone of the movie. I'm sure there could have been a simpler way to have Irene join Charlie/Hank for a road trip. And at 116 minutes, "Irene" does start to go a little too long for a comedy.
So, the movie goes on with the two on the run and we're asked to believe that the two begin to fall in love with one another. Although Carrey and Zellweger did fall for one another in real life, it doesn't work quite as well as it could in the movie, mainly because Irene isn't that much of a character to begin with. That, and Carrey steals every set he's in. With the Hank and Charlie characters, the actor is given a chance to do what he does so well - namely, physical comedy. There's quite a few funny facial expressions, and the brand of comedy that only Carrey can only really pull off completely.
As for the Farrelly brand of humor, it actually only works half the time. Some jokes go on a little too long, other gags are moved away from too quickly and some just outright fall flat. Some are too gross for their own good. But, still, for every joke that flops there's still quite a few that, although not always laugh-out-loud funny, were pretty amusing.
VIDEO: "Me, Myself and Irene" is presented by 20th Century Fox in 1.85:1 (MPEG-2/1080P) Although the words "visual style" and "Farrelly" don't exactly go well together, cinematographer Mark Irwin's work does capture the Rhode Island/Vermont scenery fairly well. What the Blu-Ray upgrade gets you is a moderately sharper picture, but not a great deal more than that. Sharpness and detail aren't outstanding - or entirely consistent, for that matter - but the picture does appear crisper and more well-defined than the DVD, with somewhat improved fine detail.
The picture does show some minor noise at times, as well as some light edge enhancement in some scenes. The elements look to be in fine shape, with only a few slight specks and marks on the print used. Colors looked quite natural and bright, with nice saturation and no smearing or other faults. Colors had a bit more perk to them on the Blu-Ray edition than the standard DVD release. Flesh tones also looked perfect. Overall, the Blu-Ray edition isn't going to stand as demo material, but it provides a mild upgrade over the DVD edition.
SOUND: Uh, "Farrelly" and "sound" aren't exactly familiar with one another, either. "Me, Myself and Irene" sports a DTS-HD 5.1 presentation on Blu-Ray, but the film's sound mix is pretty uninspired.
Surrounds are really hardly used throughout the movie, and the majority of the audio is firmly rooted in the front. There are quite a few fun songs added throughout the movie, but they really don't get that much presence; they sound fine, but not remarkable. Dialogue, which is certainly the focus in any comedy like this one, is easily heard - but sounds rather unnatural at times.
EXTRAS: The Blu-Ray edition drops the featurettes, music video and TV spots of the DVD edition, as well as the ability to add deleted footage back into the movie via seamless branching.
Commentary: Yes folks, it's time for another edition of "Meet The Farrelly Friends". If you are familar with the commentary tracks from directors the Farrelly Brothers on films like "There's Something About Mary" and "Kingpin", you'll know that they seem to always spend the majority of the time pointing out friends and folks they've met along the way that they've stuck into the movie. The track for "Irene" does have some of that, but thankfully not nearly as much as their two previous commentaries. Actually, this track is pretty good - the Brothers talk a great deal about crafting some of the humor of the movie as well as working with the various actors who are not previous friends or family members. It's their best commentary by far, and definitely worth a listen.
We also get a set of deleted scenes with optional commentary, as well as a pair of trailers for the film.
Final Thoughts: "Irene" is a moderately funny movie and for those who don't mind very raunchy humor, the movie's worth a look. The Blu-Ray edition provides slight upgrades in terms of video and audio quality, but drops a few of the more minor extras. Rent it.
The Film B-