“Fun with Dick and Jane” (2005)
Starring: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, and Alec Baldwin
In need of some light hearted entertainment and a good laugh, I chose the movie “Fun with Dick and Jane” for this assignment. “Fun with Dick and Jane” asks the common question, “What is the difference between a corporate crook and a bank robber?” The movie opens with Dick leaving his home in the picture perfect neighborhood in the year 2000. Dick is married to Jane and they have a son who is more or less being raised by the housekeeper, Blanca. The family is living in a culture of high powered, high paying jobs, high tech appliances and high stress living. Dick and Jane have it all and they can’t get enough of it. The first ethical issue that is identified in the movie is Globodyne’s fraudulent and dishonest financial dealings. One day, Dick is called up to the prominent 51st floor of Globodyne where he gets the promotion he has been dreaming of; he is now the Vice President of Communications. At this point in the movie Dick is made the face of Globodyne. Almost immediately Jack and Frank, the CEO and CFO, tell Dick he will be speaking on a television show called “Money Life with Sam Samuels” to discuss the company. They tell him he will just be discussing the quarterly projections and ask him to “put a positive spin” on the company. Dick is ambushed by the host, Sam, who informs him that the CEO of Globodyne has recently unloaded a considerable share of his own company stocks. Dick’s responses or lack thereof, made it obvious that he was not aware of anything going on in the company. He is also confronted by a presidential hopeful on the television show who says that companies like Globodyne “pervert the American dream." When he arrives back at the office everything is in utter chaos. All the employees, including the CFO Frank Bascombe, are running around the office shredding and burning documents trying to cover up the apparent corporate scandal that Dick...
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Fun With Dick and Jane. Dir. Dean Parisot. Columbia Pictures, 2005. DVD.
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