After his tepid 2007 thriller The Number 23, Carrey tries getting back in his groove as a lonely loan officer who attends a motivational seminar and then says yes to every opportunity that comes his way, from skeet shooting to buying a Persian wife online. ''His performance,'' says Reed (The Break-Up), ''reminds me of something between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Liar Liar, where it's comedic but it's also very grounded.'' During production, Carrey himself wasn't always so grounded: He performed his own bungee jump off a bridge though Warner Bros. insisted the stunt occur on the final day of shooting. ''That struck us as really morbid,'' laughs Reed. "You can't trade the look on Jim's face. His [terrified expression] is very, very real.''
OUR TWO CENTS Carrey hasn't cracked us up since Bruce Almighty, but given his potential to be funny + a singing Deschanel + The Break-Up's scene-stealer John Michael Higgins + Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby, we'd love to say oui! 12/19
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