Memoirs and Misinformation: A Novel
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If it weren’t for Carrey’s brilliant humor, and Vachon’s taut, lyrical prose, I might not have been able to take this grim version of Hollywood culture. Jim Carrey, Drama King, is an apocalyptic persona within an apocalypse. He exposes the underbelly of acting, agents, celebrity, and privilege, while yearning for friendship, romance, and meaning.
I know it's become a popular trope to claim that comedians are often the darkest people, but I have little sympathy/empathy for a guy waddling in his own self pity from a cozy 10 million dollar Malibu Beach house.
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Carrey was only 23 (and he looks it) when he made this cheesy ’80s comedy about a high school kid (Carrey) who is bitten by an older woman vampire ( Lauren Hutton, who at least seems to be enjoying herself) and trying to lose his virginity to avoid turning into a vampire. (As one does.) Carrey is manic and bug-eyed but not particularly interesting in his starring film debut, and other than tiny roles in films too small to even make this list, it would be a decade until he had another major role. He eventually figured it out. How the Grinch Stole Christmas(2000)
The concluding chapters depicting Carrey’s version of the diabolical end of the world is dragged out and a lull, at best. “Memoirs and Misinformation” becomes another novel entirely and weakens as a whole. The finality is equally poor being abrupt and dissatisfying; leaving unanswered trains of thought. It was the year 1994. The economy was thriving, the Twin Towers still dominated the New York City skyline, ‘Influencers’ weren’t even sperm yet and I was watching, “The Mask” starring Jim Carrey with my neighbor-friend, Amanda. Carrey was in the height of his fame and I was in love – telling Amanda that one day I will date Jim Carrey. Lofty aspirations for a 10-year old. He puts the phone down. The house is quiet, and neither of us wants to break the spell. “There’s freedom in creating, man,” Carrey finally says. “I swear to God, I couldn’t live without it. I’m drawing my father, and there’s joy because I’m remembering my dad, how hurt he was in life, but still what a beautiful gentleman and joyful soul. Creating these things makes me happy.”
If you think of Carrey’s career like Adam Sandler’s — and we’re not saying you should — you can make an argument that during his Biggest Movie Star in the World period, he had his Jim Carrey Comedy Superstar movies (the Farrelly brothers and Shadyac) and then his Working With Serious Directors to Make Art movies (two of which we’ll be getting to next). The one film that comes closest to merging those two is Liar Liar, a high-concept comedy about a slimy lawyer (Carrey) who, because of a birthday wish from his son, cannot tell a single lie. This turns out to be an extremely fruitful idea for a comedy, as the lawyer keeps running into situations in which his particular affliction is incredibly inconvenient. But he also gets a redemption arc that, particularly at this point in Carrey’s career, is surprisingly moving; Carrey has that normal-guy mode he can shift into that really works when he gets it right. Plus: We’ve been using “the Claw” on little kids for 23 years because of this movie. They love it. The Truman Show (1998) Three woman who join together to rent a large space along the beach in Los Angeles for their stores—a gift shop, a bakery, and a bookstore—become fast friends as they each experience the highs, and lows, of love.Just because it's Jim Carey doesn't mean we should 5/5 star anything he writes. Yes he's one of my favorite actors of all time and I find him absolutely hilarious. BUT is he a writer? no... You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and after you walk through those doors...you'll only really ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love. And don't ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”