An Unofficial List of Jim Carrey's Funniest Films
Most people will agree that Jim Carrey is downright hilarious. His willingness to do anything for a laugh – from wrapping his face in scotch tape to lighting farts on fire – is uncanny and generally amazing. Since his meager start on In Living Color in the early 90s to his more recent (and sometimes serious) roles like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, he works hard to deliver consistent, top-notch films, year after year. Here is a completely subjective list of his top five funniest movies ever:
Carrey plays a stressed out working man who loses his job and turns to crime after applying to several lower-paying jobs in an attempt keep his house and put food on the table. Along with his wife, he becomes a skilled burglar and thief by night. Predictably, everything begins to fall apart and hilariousness ensues. Meanwhile, his son is being raised by their housekeeper and develops fluency in Spanish!
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
This classic American comedy may be the movie that really launched Jim Carrey into stardom. He plays Ace Ventura, a private detective who specializes in cases that involve animals. He is unorthodox and often made fun of by “real” law enforcement officers, but he is actually quite skilled in his craft and is hired when Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins’ mascot, goes missing. There is a twist at the end that you won’t want to miss!
The Cable Guy
Directed by Ben Stiller, this was a dark comedy featuring several big name actors before they were stars (such as Jack Black and Owen Wilson). Jim Carrey plays the character Ernie “Chip” Douglas, a crazy cable TV technician who develops an obsession with one of his customers (played by Matthew Broderick. Their relationship turns dark very quickly, and Chip ends up taking a woman hostage with a staple gun on a giant satellite dish. This is one of Carrey’s earlier films and also one of his best.
Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in this 1997 comedy about a workaholic who often neglects his son and fabricates lies after breaking promises to him and his mother. When his son’s birthday wish comes true, Carrey’s character is not allowed to tell a lie for one whole day. He soon discovers what is going on but is unable to change the fact that he must tell the truth. The funniest scene is when he beats himself up in a courthouse bathroom during an important case.
This is by far the funniest movie that Jim Carrey has been in. In fact, it is widely regarded as one of the funniest movies of all time. Carrey plays a loser limousine driver who falls in love with a married woman while driving her to the airport. When she leaves her luggage in the airport, he recruits his best friend to travel across the country and deliver the luggage to his lost love. Little does he know that her husband is being held captive, and the luggage contains his ransom. What follows is a long sequence of laugh-out-loud, slapstick, wacky scenes that will have you gasping for breath. This is truly one for your DVD collection.