Top 5 Best Jim Carrey Performances

Here are Walter’s favorite Jim Carrey performances, did yours make the list?

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  1. I would agree with everything on this list, but not entirely in that order. My list would be as follows

    5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    4. Truman Show
    3. The Mask
    2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    1. Man in the Moon

  2. Saw this on the YouTube page earlier and I agree with most of it, but your #3 would be my #1, but your #1 choice is very good.

  3. The Truman Show is probably my favorite movie with Jim Carrey in it (though I have been meaning to watch Eternal Sunshine for quite some time, so that could change). For someone who was used to watching Jim Carrey act like a crazy person and jump all over the place like a chinchilla after 70 espresso shots, his performance as Truman Burbank was a pleasant surprise for me. I first saw the movie when I was in eighth grade in my GT Reading class. We had just finished reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver and since there was no movie adaptation (at the time), our teacher chose to show us The Truman Show instead because it had “similar themes”. As I mentioned before, I was actually shocked by how subtle and nuanced Carrey was in this film. Rather than finding myself annoyed, I found myself drawn to the character of Truman and desperately wanted him to achieve his dreams and escape the TV world. I even remember that I cried at the end of the movie (for reasons I won’t spoil, but for people who’ve seen the film, you’ll probably understand where I’m coming from). This film showed me that an actor does not have to be defined by their style, but rather by their characters. Comedians can be serious and dramatic, and dramatic actors can be funny. It all depends on who they are playing. Plus, this film holds up especially well in today’s reality show obsessed society as it brings up the questions of how just it is to film a person’s daily life, unknown or otherwise. Guess the only thing left to say is Good Morning! And if I don’t see you, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, and Good Night :).

  4. I do agree with you on the merits of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as a film…up until the third act. I used to absolutely love this film, but at this point, I can only recommend the 2nd one (CERTAINLY not the 3rd one…) because of well, a rather offensive turn it takes without even realizing it. If you don’t get it, do a little research, I can’t bear to spell it out it does me so much pain.

  5. Snorgatch Pandalume

    The Truman Show strikes me as a subversive reinterpretation of the Garden of Eden story. You have a perfect little world created and controlled by a magic man in the sky named Kristof (sounds like Christ), and Truman is Adam (True Man), a human being he literally owns–basically, a pet. Truman rebels, attempting to acquire forbidden Knowledge, and tries to escape from “paradise,” because only by leaving the world created for him can he truly become a man, instead of just a fish in a bowl.
    In the Truman Show, Adam doesn’t fall from grace–he rises from slavery.

  6. Huge fan., and you really got it right beautifully.,,.

  7. Maybe Mel Gibson next. That’d be interesting.

  8. I don’t think I’ve seen many Jim Carrey movies. I think I’ve only seen Batman Forever, the Lemony Snicket Unfortunate Events movie, The Incredible Bruce Wonderstone, and Fun with Dick and Jane. Not to mention I’ve only liked about two of those movies. I’m guessing one of these performances will be covered next week. LOL.

  9. You have picked a few of my favorite roles of his. Awesome!

  10. I would be interested to see a top/bottom 5 on Rick Moranis

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