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The Number 23

A movie starring Jim Carrey

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The Number 23 - 2007

  • Mar 13, 2009
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Pros: none for me

Cons: I like numbers but not these

The Bottom Line:
“I can’t walk
Cannot run
I can’t seem to hide
The place I’m looking for
Lye’s behind the door
In room twenty three”
~Neue Regel

Five minutes into the movie The Number 23 and I’m ready to insert sharp objects under my fingernails. I’ll admit I don’t like Jim Carrey but I thought this might be a break from his slapstick comedy schleep. I’ll give it that, it was certainly a break away.

In the movie Carrey, playing the part of Walter Sparrow, is a dog catcher. Not a very good or diligent one I might add since he seems to spend most of his time languishing in his truck, waiting for the 5 o’clock bell to ring. On his birthday he is scheduled to meet his wife, a baker by trade, then attend a birthday party in his honor. Unfortunately duty calls and he has to actually work, chasing a stray from a restaurant area. Inept as he is at his job, he manages to get bitten which cumulates in a series of events that makes him late to meet his wife.

While she is waiting, Agatha browses the local bookstore, drawn almost, to a book on the shelf titled ‘The Number 23’. Picking it up on a whimsy, she gives it to Walter as a birthday present. Bored beyond belief at his party [it is her friends since he has none], he starts to read the book which quickly becomes an obsession with him. The book is swamped with numerology and it seems to parallel Walter’s life.

It isn’t long until be starts assuming the role of the writer and immerses himself into the role being played out in the book. Both he and Agatha take on dual roles in this film but, frankly, that didn’t make it one bit better. I found the movie incredibly long and boring and wasn’t intrigued with the concept at all.

The Number 23 was directed by Joel Schumacher, receiving 4 nominations. It received an R rating for violence, images, sexuality, and language. The two main characters are Jim Carrey as Walter Sparrow and Fingerling the author, as well as Virginia Madsen as Agatha Sparrow and Fabrizia the author’s muse. Both actors left me flat and uninterested in the story or plot.

I am intrigued by numbers and the concept was weird to say the least. All the plays of the number, shown as part of the introduction sequence, were interesting to read but not enough to make the movie bearable.

Features on DVD include:
Audio commentary by Schumacher; The Making of The Number 23 featurette; Creating the World of Fingerling featurette; all access pass; 10 behind the scenes futurities; deleted scenes; The 23 Enigma featurette; How to find your life path number video guide; trivia; theatrical trailer; DVD ROM access, which I did not utilize.

Not worth the time or trouble.



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In Joel Schumacher's psychological thriller THE NUMBER 23, Jim Carrey takes on another dramatic role. Carrey's character is similar to his roles in THE TRUMAN SHOW and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND: he portrays an average man thrust into quite extraordinary situations after a series of strange events cause him to question everything he's ever taken for granted. On his birthday, Walter Sparrow is given a mysterious and tattered book called THE NUMBER 23 by his loving wife, Agatha (Virginia Madsen). As Walter reads the book, he quickly notices its alarming similarities to his own life. Rather than stop reading, he continues, unknowingly inviting the book to take over his life. The deeper Walter gets into the plot, the more he sees himself in its protagonist, Fingerling, whom we see through highly stylized sequences in which Carrey appears as the seedy detective character. Madsen is also present in these scenes, cast as Fingerling's pain-loving girlfriend Fabrizia. As Fingerling and Fabrizia's love...
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Director: Joel Schumacher
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: February 23, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Fernley Phillips
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
Runtime: 1hr 37min
Studio: New Line Home Video
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