Directed by Ted Kotcheffthe film is caustically critical of the "anarchy" of the American way of life. The character names come from the Dick and Jane series of children's educational books, and the title is taken from the title of one of the books in the series. Dick Harper is a successful aerospace engineer in Los Angeleswhere he and wife Jane have a lovely house, with a swimming pool and new lawn under way.
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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to remake it. The movie stars Jim Carrey as Dick, an executive of a megacorp so much like Enron as makes no difference, who is promoted to vice president in charge of communications just in time to be its spokesman on live cable news as the corporation's stock melts down to pennies a share. Tea Leoni plays his wife, Jane, who is a travel agent but has quit her job that very morning because of Dick's big promotion.
The story focuses on a married, middle-class couple who resort to robbery when the husband's employer goes bankrupt. In the yearDick Harper Jim Carreyan executive for a major media corporation called Globodyne, gets promoted to Vice President of Communications. On his first day on the job, however, while doing an interview on television, he learns that his CEO sold a majority of share of his stocks through shell companies, and Globodyne is accused of "perverting the American dream" by presidential candidate Ralph Nader. All of the company's stocks drop to zero, and everyone, including Dick, loses their jobs.