Critically panned, but awfully entertaining, “FUN WITH DICK AND JANE” may have been given a new lease on life via the dvd audience with its recent release. Canadian director Ted Kotcheff, responsible for the under-praised “NORTH DALLAS 40”, does a fine job here, creating a ‘70s urban comedy that’s witty, endearing and holds up well on repeated viewings. Fonda plays the homemaker/wife to George Segal, an aerospace executive, whom is summarily fired by his boss, Ed McMahon early on in the film. Struggling to deal with unemployment, the family tries cost-cutting, but it’s not enough. Jane’s attempts to find work as a model, fail miserably too. When the two succumb to having to take a big bank loan to make ends meet, their bank is robbed, and Jane hides away some fallen cash. It’s the first step made into what’s about to become a new career for the two, taking money from banks.
The film is made with a breezy, enjoyable atmosphere making it impossible not to root for the duo, even when doing wrong. They also convey a rare chemistry, nearly impossible to find in modern Hollywood’s star pairings. From the immediately captivating opening title sequence, all the way to its end, “FUN WITH DICK AND JANE” is a thoroughly entertaining comedy and will feel like a new found gem worthy of every dvd collection.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. While there’s some excessive grain intermittently throughout the film. Colors are solid, and contrast is decent, offering generally impressive detail in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a monaural mix. Being a dialogue-driven comedy, separation isn’t crucial, and the fidelity is perfectly fine. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
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