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Film: Me, Myself & Irene

Me, Myself, and Irene is a 2000 film starring Jim Carrey as Rhode Island state trooper Charlie Baileygates. Shortly after he marries his sweetheart Layla, she cheats on him with a limo driver. After giving birth to the limo driver's sons, Layla divorces Charlie, who is left to raise the boys alone.

Traumatized by Layla's betrayal, Charlie spends the next few years avoiding confrontation and allowing others to take advantage of him. Everyone in town, apart from his foul-mouthed genius sons, treats him with contempt.

Charlie's repressed anger develops into a rude and violent Split Personality named Hank. Complications arise when Charlie is tasked with escorting a woman named Irene P. Waters to Massena, New York, and Hank is both help and hindrance as Charlie and Irene try to stay alive.


Tropes included:

  • Art Major Physics: There is no way a helicopter that size could lift off carrying 3 very large men. In fact, it didn't. They used creative camera angles to make it appear that the chopper was airborne.
    • This was largely Played for Laughs, though, since the image of three men of their size squeezing together in a tiny helicopter is akin to watching them squeeze into a VW Beetle.
  • Ass Shove: The police officer who gets a chicken shoved up his. Lesson there? Don't insult Charlie in front of his boys.
  • Asshole Victim: The little girl whom Hank nearly drowns is quite an example.
  • Berserk Button: You will understand Charlie's plight in the first 10 minutes of the film. The button gets mashed. HARD.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The basis of Charlie's role in the movie.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: At the end of the movie Charlie's sons thank the viewer for "watching the motherfucking movie".
  • Brick Joke: The cow Charlie and Irene find on the street is apparently still alive days after the incident.
  • Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Charlie, after the whole town learned of his wife's affair.
  • California Doubling: Averted: The movie actually was shot in Rhode Island and Vermont. The directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, are from Rhode Island.
  • Chocolate Babies: Charlie's "sons". They still love their father however.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Pretty much every time Charlie's sons open their mouths.
  • Cowboy Cop: Hank, right down to the Clint Eastwood impersonation.
  • Cuckold: Jim Carrey's character is an Extreme Doormat that the opening makes explicitly clear has a wife having sex with and bearing children from a black man. He raises their children himself and she eventually leaves him for her lover, but this has a somewhat positive note in that the boys (obviously black), all grow up to unconditionally love him, and consider him their real father.
  • Dirty Cop: Subverted with Hank because he had a Freudian Excuse. Agents Gehrke and Boshane, however, are true to the trope.
  • Doting Parent: Charlie is this to his sons, although he is clearly not their biological father. He's such a pushover that the boys don't exactly grow up into upstanding citizens, but they adore him to death and go to great lengths to help him.
  • Evil Albino: Invoked by Whitey when he claims to have murdered his entire family, but subverted when he reveals that he made up the murder story because he was afraid of Charlie's split personality. His family just moved to Phoenix.
  • Evil Hand: near the end of the film.
  • Extreme Doormat: Charlie really is a bit too tolerant.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Charlie and Hank's fights.
  • Finger In A Barrel: Subverted. Charlie attempts to talk down the villain, putting his thumb over his gun. The villain just shoots off his thumb.
  • Fin Gore: Charlie's thumb is shot off at point-blank range. What makes it double as Fridge Horror is the fact that when taking someone's pulse, the thumb is not used because the human thumb has a pulse rate. When Charlie's thumb is blown off, it's possible it went straight to his heart and he may have felt mortal pain without actually dying!
  • Gollum Made Me Do It
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Charlie is a good cop while Hank is a bad cop.
  • Groin Attack: Irene against Hank on the train.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Charlie and Hank
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Charlie's three sons. In spite of being foul-mouthed delinquents, they are academic savants who are also among the few adolescent males in any medium to consistently say "I love you Dad." And they even help him propose to Irene, too. "Will you marry me, bitch?!".
    • Hank: he makes a speech about this with Irene. Also when he apologizes with Whitey for having him insulted.
  • Juxtaposed Halves Shot: the posters/covers have Jim Carrey's face split in half, showing his character's "nice guy" and "asshole" personalities. The "Me" and "Myself" in the title refer to the dissociative identity disorder that Charlie Baileygates experiences.
  • Multi-Character Title
  • Overly-Long Gag: Killing that cow sure took a while.
    • And it still didn't die.
  • Parking Payback: When Charlie sees a young football player drive a convertible up and park in the handicapped space (flaunting his unhandicapped status by leaping out over the door) it triggers Charlies rage-fueled alter-ego Hank, who goes to town on the car with a trash bin. The football player then emerges from the store, helping the owner of the car who is a man in a neck brace. The owner is none to happy to see what Hank did to his car.
  • Raging Stiffie: Of the "morning wood" variety after Charlie and Irene have sex though it was actually Hank, so Charlie has no recollection of it.
    Charlie: (After urinating towards the upper-right corner of the bathroom wall) Irene! Why am I pissing like I had sex all night?
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Rule of Funny: Sucking breast milk isn't supposed to give you a milk mustache.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: All three of Charlie's sons fit this trope to a T.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Charlie's "sons", who drop F-bombs even when discussing physics theories or reading instructions on how to pilot a helicopter (in German no less).
  • Split Personality: Charlie is nice, quiet, and polite; Hank is angry, loud, and rude.
    • Split Personality Merge: In the end, Charlie learns that he's stronger than Hank when Hank backs down from confronting the villain while Charlie doesn't, and this merges them back together.
    • Split Personality Takeover: Played with. At one point the two try to get rid of the other, but only though physical violence, which of course does nothing but make them both look like idiots.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Charlie putting up with this for years is part of what makes Hank manifest.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: A section of Hardknox's 'Fire Like This' plays whenever Hank takes over.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Will you marry me, bitch?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It never revealed what became of the guy who laughed at Charlie by the soda vending machine. All that is shown is that Hank apparently ripped the vending machine open with a fire axe.
    • The DVD has a deleted scene revealing that Charlie did exactly what what he told Irene he did; he told the guy that his comment wasn't helping and the guy apologized. Hank presumably went to find an axe after the guy drove off.
      • Then Hank was still pissed at the vending machine for not taking his money.
  • What The Hell Towns People: Pretty much the entire city (except for his sons) treats Charlie like dirt. A little girl even tells Charlie that her mother told her that he was a joke and she did not have to listen to him. You can't help but cheer when he finally snaps and slams the guys car through the barber shop and still gives him a ticket or drowns that smart mouth little girl.

M*A*S*HCreator/ 20 th Century FoxMiracle on 34th Street
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alternative title(s): Me Myself And Irene
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