Jobs Crunch Comes To The Big Screen
December 22, 2005, 08:22 PM
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The realities of the Jobs Crunch have become too large for Hollywood to ignore. The latest protrayal of this topic comes from Jim Carrey's "Fun with Dick and Jane"

"The film is an attack on American business culture. A roll-up credit at the end thanks a list of people who brought us the movie; all of them executives at Enron and WorldCom and other companies whose scandals have rocked the financial world."[Sydney Morning Herald review, December 22, 2005]

This is really nothing particularly new-Hollywood has always had lots of portrayals of business scandals.

What is different is the setting-and what it means to hit rock bottom:

"What follows is a kind of modern Depression comedy—a bit like Sullivan's Travels, set in Silicon Valley.

Dick eventually sinks to day labour with Mexican illegals. Jane becomes a guinea pig for dangerous pharmaceutical testing."

Traditionally, Silicon Valley managed to maintain a fairly "clean" and positive media image. I lived in Silicon Valley from 1984-1996. I dare say there is lots more grist for Hollywood's mill that remains ready for exploitation.