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Me, Myself and Irene

MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for sexual content, crude humor, strong language and some violence.

Reviewed by: Ray Carroll

Moral Rating: Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Comedy
Length: 1 hr. 56 min.
Year of Release: 2000
USA Release:
Poster—My, Myself and Irene.
Featuring Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger (Renee Zellweger), Tony Cox, Jerod Mixon, Jerry Mongo Brownlee
Director Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Producer Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bradley Thomas
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
20th Century Studios
, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company

With the Farrelly brothers at the helm of a new film, you undoubtedly are going to be prepared for some humor at its crudest. And “Me, Myself and Irene” is no exception.

Jim Carrey stars as Charlie Baileygates, a 17-year-old veteran of the Rhode Island police force. Charlie has had a rough life, many upsetting things happen in Charlie’s life and he finds himself in the midst of everyone’s laughter. Even children won’t respect him. One day, Charlie is pushed over the edge and develops a split personality disorder. The other side of Charlie (Hank, sort of a Clint Eastwood meets Richard Pryor) is the total opposite of his true self: non-confrontational, non-judging and polite. Once Hank shows up on the scene, Charlie’s life seems ruined forever. On top of all that’s going on Charlie must escort a young lady, Irene (Renée Zellweger) to upstate New York to settle some police matters.

Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger (Irene) in “My, Myself and Irene”.

This movie makes “There’s Something About Mary” look like an after-school special. Almost every other word is explicit. There is partial nudity (in a very graphic setting), several adult sexual situations, graphic violence, and a ton of sexual props that are better left untouched.

“My, Myself and Irene” cannot be recommended to Christians or non-Christians. Of the audience in which I was a part, many who were initially amused found the continued off-color jokes over-the-edge. Funny man Jim Carrey is a leader in the business, and this film may follow the success of “There’s Something About Mary” and be a big hit. But don’t be swayed by others. Me, myself and I wish we had never seen this one.

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
“Perverted and Disgusting!”… This was the worst, most offensive movie I have ever seen! It was vulgar, there was nothing in it or about it that was funny! I should have left during the first 20 minutes when Jim Carey was taking a dump on his neighbors lawn or when he was urinating on the front seat of a handicapped persons car. I won’t even go into the discussion about the sex object that we had to look at through a good part of the movie! I only went to this movie because my 14 year old son wanted to see this movie so I went to view it first due to the rating. Of course he will not see this movie nor do I think anyone else should. It is sad to see how far down we have gone as a society. I am ashamed that I spent money for something like this! My Ratings: [1/1]
Dawn, age 43
I LOVE Jim Carrey, but what a dud this one is. Sure, he again has some hilarious moments, but they are NOT WORTH the battering your ears and conscience will take if you do not use foul language. Understand, I was a Paratrooper Sergeant so I’ve heard it all, but I had to walk out because of the constant swearing. It OVERPOWERED the plot and characters. My Ratings: [1/2]
Steve Loewen, age 40
walked out… I heard more language in the first 20 minutes than I have ever heard in any other movie I have ever seen. Don’t waste your time or money. After hearing the F-word for about the one-hundreth time, I walked out of the movie. It still had another good hour to go. I admit that I do sometimes enjoy movies that as a Christian I shouldn’t even see, but this one is beyond crude. My Ratings: [1/2]
Meg, age 19
stooping too low… I truly cannot believe Carrey would stoop this low for a laugh! He could have been a hero to all comic geniuses, but for this movie. If he never makes another dollar (fat chance) on a movie, he will have deserved it. Don’t take your kids, take your mother. Then, if she’s anything like mine, you’ll never see another Jim Carrey comedy (sic) for as long as you live. My Ratings: [1/2]
Steve, age 48
sexual content degrading… I walked out of the theater on this one! I’ve only walked out of a movie once before. The language is one of the worst I’ve ever seen and the sexual content is degrading to all, Women and men alike. If you are a Christian, I strongly recommend that you or your children do not see this. Age goes not matter. I was surprised at Jim Carrey for even agreeing to star in this movie. I know I think much less of him than I did before. What a bummer of a movie, and what a show of where our morals and values are headed in this country! God have mercy on our souls! My Ratings: [1/1]
…The most offensive movie I think I have ever seen. All of the other reviews had been so good—I had no idea. Will not attend another movie by these filmakers. The language was the most offensive… My Ratings: [1/1]
Karen, age 42
baby steps to hardcore porn… This movie is the next step in the degneration of Hollywood. This movie has scenes in it that are the baby steps to hardcore pornography for regular movies. This movie is Jim Carrey’s worst, even worse than “Dumb and Dumber” and more sexually offensive than all previous movies and comedy. I pray that Jim Carrey will use his unique funniness for more redemptive movies such as “Mask”, “Liar, Liar” and the more family friendly sort. My Ratings: [1/2]
Casey Reynolds, age 26
“stupid”… This movie is stupid. Don’t be fooled by “The Truman Show”. Jim Carrey is back to his crude self. I guess I should have known better than to go into an “R” rated comedy. I have seen hundreds of comedies, but I have yet to see an “R” rated one that I could justify seeing. This one definitely earns its rating, by means that are easy to figure out. The jokes are not even funny. I could write a better script than this. My Ratings: [1½/2½]
Mark Arndt, age 16
thoroughly offensive… As a Christian, and a movie fan, I was thoroughly offended by this film. I now realize that we may never again see Jim Carrey making high quality movies such as “The Cable Guy” and “Batman Forever.” Pandering to audiences with his gross sense of humor, Carrey’s movies should be shunned by Christians everywhere. I felt physically ill during this movie, watching in horror as a cow was shot repeatedly in the head, a chicken was put up a man’s bum, a rubber replica of a man’s privates figured into several scenes, and a negro midget mercilessly beat a man with a pair of nunchaku. If this is what passes for comedy these days, then the world is in serious trouble. My Ratings: [1/1]
Michael J. Hunt, age 20
“stay away!”… CHILDREN SHOULD GO NOWHERE NEAR THIS MOVIE! (or ANYONE for that matter) The commercial promotions are misleading. I thought it was a comedy more along the lines of “Liar, Liar.” Jim Carrey can be funny without all the vile, offensive humor he resorts to in this movie. I was totally shocked! (I am not easily offended) The cursing and swearing was without exaggeration NON-STOP (if 10 seconds of film time went without someone using some over the top profanity I would be amazed). The sexual humor was tasteless and offensive including slang terms for womens body parts, the constant display of a sexual device, the “jokes” are too numerous to count. STAY AWAY and save your money! The people I went with are not Christians and they found it offensive as well.My Ratings: [1/2]
Laura C., age 27
worse than vulgar… Horrifying. That is the word that comes to mind. I was asked to attend this movie with some friends before I knew anything about it. We don’t have TV, so I’d never seen previews, and I took their word for it when they said it “looked funny”. Right. I regret every minute of it, and even more so, the money I wasted supporting this terrible film. I frown on Jim Carrey for agreeing to film this, he is, and has been able to perform some great movies. But the ever-falling morals of our American society have gotten the better of many people. Please, coming from a movie-goer who is very sorry for making the wrong decision without looking into it further, I beg you not to see this movie. Vulgar does not even come close to describing the outcome. My Ratings: [1/1]
Ethan, age 18
“gross”… Half way through the movie our youth group walked out. It was very gross and nasty. We did not find it funny at all… My Ratings: [1/1½]
Misty, age 18
“appalling”… The obscenity and profanity in this movie are appalling. Jim Carrey is a brilliant actor. I am so sorry he agreed to such a terribly offensive script. What audience was he trying to reach? My Ratings: [1/2½]
“well written”… This film had me laughing from beginning to end. Jim Carrey is great in his portrayal of a psychologically unbalanced Rhode Island state trooper. This is by far Carrey’s best performance. Carrey’s alter ego reminded me of Tyler from “Fight Club.” Well written and it gave the moral message that sick people are worthy of compassion…
John Goodrich, age 34
Rude and offensive humor. Nothing in this movie is uplifting. I do not recommend this movie to anyone. My Ratings: [1/2]
Movie Critics
…Clearly, plot points and logic are pretty much irrelevant. This movie exists for its vulgar sight gags and other deeply offensive humor. …deeply disturbing…
Plugged In, Focus on the Family
…Profanity… extreme… at least 56 uses of the “f” word… implied sex and masturbation, the repeated sight of a large dildo…
…foul-mouthed… gross-out film…
Michael Elliott, Movie Parables