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Fun With Dick & Jane (1976)

When aerospace executive Dick Harper (George Segal) loses his job as part of a company-wide downsizing, he and his stay-at-home wife (Jane Fonda) have to resort to desperate criminal measures in order to maintain their luxurious lifestyle, becoming an upscale Bonnie and Clyde.

It’s funny at first, but being out of work isn’t much of a laugh really and the Harpers are rotten people who feel entitled to a luxurious standard of living. The gags eventually become hard to sustain despite director Ted Kotcheff’s pleasant handling of the situation.

The 2005 remake with Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni took a more slapstick approach to the couple’s unhappy situation.

The humour inherent in the title is lost on British audiences (it’s the name of a basic primary school book in the States).

Dick Harper
George Segal
Jane Harper
Jane Fonda
Charlie Blanchard
Ed McMahon
Dr Will
Dick Gautier
Raoul Esteban
Hank Garcia
Jane’s father
John Dehner
Jane’s mother
Mary Jackson
Mr Weeks
Walter Brooke
Billy Harper
Sean Frye
Blanchard’s secretary
Maxine Stuart

Ted Kotcheff