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Jim's split with reality; ME MYSELF AND IRENE (15).

JIM CARREY was unrecognisable in his last big screen appearance as Dr Seuss's cartoon character The Grinch.

But in Me, Myself & Irene, old rubber face is back - and he's doing what he does best.

Carrey is Rhode Island State trooper Charlie Baileygates - a man with a split personality which gives the actor the chance to display the kind of madcap antics and impeccable timing that have made him such a success.

Charlie is sweet-natured, but a little spineless. And whenever the stress of his job gets too much to bear, that's when rogue cop Hank appears.

He is completely different to Charlie - violent, aggressive and more than a little forgetful when it comes to taking his medication.

Each of the personalities try to dominate the other and matters are made worse by the fact that both are competing for the love of Irene Waters (Renee Zellweger), who is on the run from the police.

But if she thinks she has problems, Charlie's worries are worse.

His wife has run off with a dwarf and he's been left to look after three wisecracking kids.

Carrey plays the trans- formation from good Charlie to bad Hank terrifically.

And, as you would expect from the directors the Farrelly brothers, who produced Dumb And Dumber and There's Something About Mary, there are plenty of sick jokes.

Although there are some strong supporting roles, this is really Carrey's film - and the rest of the cast know it. The best they can do is just sit back and let him do his stuff.

RATING 6
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 2, 2001
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