Jim Carrey is a man of many talents. He’s known for his expressive face, exuberant personality and physical humor, but he’s also given strong dramatic performances in critically-acclaimed movies like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This weekend, however, Mr. Carrey returns to his comedy roots with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. In it, he plays Steve Gray, a street magician with an outrageous and dangerous act. It’s been a while since we last saw Carrey in a more mature comedy, so because of that, we decided to put together a list of his 10 best movies.
10. Bruce Almighty
In Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey runs the world, and he does so delivering big laughs. He plays a guy who gets to be God after he curses the almighty for making his life miserable. This is strictly a vehicle for Carrey to be his crazy self. Those who don’t appreciate Carrey’s slapstick talents, probably didn’t/won’t go for this high-concept movie. But his true fans know that Bruce Almighty is definitely among his best.
9. The Cable Guy
The Cable Guy is Carrey’s other movie about TV addiction. In it he plays a lonely and perturbed cable guy raised on TV who’s just looking for a new friend. Though this comedy depicts Carrey in a darker, more demented sense, his funniness still shines through. This is an underrated comedy, so if you didn’t dig it the first time, try to give it another shot.
8. A Series Of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events is Carrey’s attempt at a Harry Potter-like movie. The dark comedy adventure film focuses on three orphans who go live with their wicked cousin, Count Olaf, played by Carrey. He gets to have fun, pretending to be several characters, each with different accents and bizarre personalities. It’s a shame that this children’s novel adaptation didn’t get the franchise treatment. (It deserved it!) It would’ve been a nice to see more of Carrey as the selfish and ridiculous Count Olaf.
7. Man On The Moon
Man on the Moon is Carrey’s devout homage to the late comedian-actor Andy Kaufman. He gives an impressive, dead-on impersonation of Kaufman, which is a testament to Carrey’s own brilliance. Though the film bombed at the box office, Carrey received his second Golden Globe award.
6. The Mask
There are so many great things about The Mask. To any kid who saw it in 1994, it was one of the funniest and coolest things ever; from the CGI to the vibrant colors and real eye-poppers. It was all super fun! Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a bank clerk who is transformed into a wild superhero when he puts on a mysterious green mask. This film was another great vehicle for Carrey’s shtick. And it makes one miss the days when comic book movies didn’t take themselves so seriously.
5. Liar Liar
In Liar, Liar, Mr. Carrey plays lawyer named Fletcher Reede who can’t stop lying. But when his son’s birthday wish is for him to tell the whole truth and nothing but, he is unable to say tell anymore lies. Carrey is irresistibly funny; he works his butt off to keep the laughs going. Thankfully, the hard work paid off. Liar, Liar made a bunch of money, and he was nominated for another Globe.
4. Dumb And Dumber
Without Carrey and Jeff Daniels, Dumb And Dumber would be an abominable comedy. It’s gross and extremely stupid, but its charming leads make it endearing and hilarious. Carrey and Daniels play a pair of brainless losers who are on a pilgrimage to return a suitcase full of money to its righteous owner. This comedy isn’t for everyone (maybe only the young at heart), but it’s worth noting that Carrey gives another original performance.
3. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has been hailed as one of the best films of the 2000s. Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman reunited for this imaginative love story. In it, a couple undergoes a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour. Carrey was cast as the introverted Joel, and Kate Winslet played the vibrant Clementine. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the kind of movie that you think about long after you’ve left the theater. Mr. Carrey is out of his comfort zone here. He gives a somber performance, yet still manages to be totally captivating.
2. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was made on a budget of $11 million, but it made more than $100 million at the box office. It developed a cult following, and shot Carrey to fame. In it, he plays a goofy animal detective, who goes on the hunt for a missing dolphin (who happens to be the mascot of a football team). This film provided Carrey the perfect platform for his highly energetic comedy style. He’s at his best here. Though Carrey has given us other memorable characters, Ventura will always be his finest.
1. The Truman Show
We live in a reality TV-obsessed world. If you want to watch people bake cakes, there’s a show for that. Wanna see failed celebrities talk about their personal problems? There’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Whatever you’re into, there’s probably a show for it. The Truman Show depicted a reality TV-show fixated society; Carrey plays an insurance salesman who discovers that his entire life is being broadcasted on the tube . The themes tackled in The Truman Show hold up to today’s television-consumed nation. This is a funny, intelligent and well-crafted gem that gives us a lot to think about.
What’s your favorite Jim Carrey movie?