Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1994. New Line Cinema, Dark Horse Entertainment. Story by Michael Fallon, Mark Verheiden, Screenplay by Mike Werb. Cinematography by John R. Leonetti. Produced by Robert Engelman. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Craig Stearns. Costume Design by Ha Nguyen. Film Editing by Arthur Coburn. Academy Awards 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994.
Another case of ‘concept’ comedy that will only appeal to the least demanding viewers. Upon its initial release, this special-effects laden piece of fluff cemented Jim Carrey‘s power as the brand new box office titan. He plays a shy, undemanding banker who allows everyone to walk all over him without the slightest bit of complaint. When he accidentally comes into possession of an ancient tribal mask with magical powers, he is transformed into a wild and crazy skirtchaser with an endless resource of Looney Tunes-inspired gags available at his very fingertips. Cameron Diaz makes a promising film debut as the gorgeous gal who catches his eye and provides the key for a mob mystery that she helps unravel. The visual effects are impressive, but the story is a flat retread of The Nutty Professor without the inspired characters or witty jokes. Carrey goes crass too often in an attempt to lure in the younger set, and the film’s obsession with its own stylistics overpower any kind of lighthearted fun that could have been had from it.