Listen, I’ve always had two big loves in my life: AS Roma and Jim Carrey. God, I love that man and his elastic face. In my honest opinion one of the funniest men on the planet. So I thought: Hey, why not host an award show in honor of Roma’s 2020-2021 campaign including a look at Jim’s resume? Both have had their fair share of drama and comedy in their life so I think Carrey and Roma are a perfect fit.
With a career spanning more than four decades, there are a lot of Carrey movies to choose from. Some good, some bad, some pretty forgettable flicks. But also some truly gold moments. As a fan, it might be hard to actually pick ‘bad’ performances but after 40 years there are inevitably some hiccups by our dear Jim. He’s human after all.
Let’s start with our first award, which goes to someone from the goalkeeper department.
The Dumb & Dumber To Award: Pau Lopez
Look, you can’t beat the original. Alisson, just like the first movie, will always be the GOAT. Doing better is an impossible task. The sequel (Pau) had its moments, it wasn’t all that bad, actually quite enjoyable at times. But it just wasn’t enough. In the end, you’ll always compare both of them and then you have to admit you can do better. Not good enough to have a special place on your DVD shelf. Or your Roman roster.
The Earth Girls Are Easy Award: Antonio Mirante
Some of his older work. Sadly it hasn’t aged very well. I think it’s time to part ways. It was fun while it lasted but now you’re finally starting to see the shortcomings. Besides, there are way better alternatives on the market.
The Sonic The Hedgehog Award: Rick Karsdorp
Some of his recent work but boy, talk about a comeback! Just like Jim, Rick redeemed himself on the big stage and showed his critics he’s still quality with a more than decent performance. Yes, he’s back. Can’t wait for the sequel!
The Kick-Ass 2 Award: Chris Smalling
Both Jim and Chris didn’t have a lot of screen time. Needless to say, I expected a lot more from this back when the movie/Smalling was announced. A bit of a letdown. What I saw was decent though. It just ended on a sour note for both men. Not their finest hour. Quickly on to the next.
The Liar Liar Award: Gianluca Mancini
Now we’re talking! A classic Carrey performance, a classic Mancini performance. Perhaps still not his piece de resistance but we’re getting there. Very enjoyable, everpresent, dependable, so much talent. This is the kind of display we want to see from a Giallorosso. A smile from ear to ear when I see this one.
The Cable Guy Award: Roger Ibañez
While it’s far from a finished product, it has attained a cult following after some time. Not his best work but some vintage Jim Carrey moments but also some WTF moments. Ups and downs. One of those films/players you either love or hate. There’s no in-between.
The Batman Forever Award: Bruno Peres
This was weird. So, so weird on so many levels. At first sight, it wasn’t a good match. And yet it started to grow on me after all those years. I even grew fond of it. Perhaps Jim/Bruno didn’t feel quite at ease, not the right man on the right place at the right time. You could see it. Feel it. I think their performances don’t deserve as much hate as they do now. Just give it some time and in the end you’ll be grateful it happened. Believe me.
The Bruce Almighty Award: Leonardo Spinazzola
Very popular among fans. There are still some doubters but it was a box-office hit and really, give it/him a chance and you’ll fall in love immediately. So many good moments. It rarely disappoints when you review it. Maybe in a few year's time, it will be hailed as a classic.
The Majestic Award: Davide Santon
Don’t let the title fool you, this one wasn’t really THAT majestic at all. The movie never was a success and is deemed mediocre at best by critics. Even a bit dull at times, it’s just way too long. Watching it makes me doze off. It’s ok if you’re really out of inspiration and have seen every other Carrey movie in your collection.
The Truman Show Award: Henrikh Mikhitaryan
A game-changer. Carrey’s talent is on full display here. Jim received a lot of nominations for this one, just like Micky will be nominated as one of Roma’s best of 2020-2021. Grade A from start to finish. A performance for the history books. Perhaps no one really expected this kind of quality from both men but they quickly silenced all their critics. Go and watch this if you haven’t.
The Anchorman 2 Award: Ebrima Darboe
We only saw a glimpse of what Carrey and Darboe can do but damn, it was impressive and got me longing for more. Much more. Super short and sweet. More of this, please.
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Award: Lorenzo Pellegrini
Another class act. Ranked among the best of Carrey, just like Pellegrini this season as Lorenzo’s numbers in goals and assists have improved. After seeing this, the sky is the limit. But beware of the growing pressure, people will always be demanding more and more. They must keep a cool head. One of the better Carrey flicks.
The Fun With Dick & Jane Award: Gonzalo Villar
Nothing special but also not disappointing or particularly bad. It has its moment but other people maybe took the spotlight from Jim (Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin) and Gonzalo (Pellegrini, Mikhi). Decent. Nothing more, nothing less. It doesn’t hurt to have this one in your collection.
The Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Award: Bryan Cristante
This award celebrates the versatility of both men, on good and bad days. Cristante transformed into a CB while Jim also took on multiple roles for this one, albeit not every one of them was successful. Perhaps it’s better to focus on just one character and try to master it. Anyway, thanks for trying Jim & Bryan!
The Man On The Moon Award: Jordan Veretout
While it won’t be in most people’s top 3 of favorite Carrey movies, it remains a piece of art. It received critical acclaim. While it’s not as flashy or bombastic as his other work, watching this is a no-brainer. Quality in every single way.
The Dumb & Dumber Award: Nicolo Zaniolo
Why? Because it’s the best of the best of the best. It doesn’t matter if the DVD/Blu-Ray is broken after you dropped it into a shredder, you better keep it and cherish it until you die.
The Ace Ventura Pet Detective Award: Borja Mayoral
A damn fine performance if you ask me. For both men, their first real leading role and they didn’t disappoint. They took the opportunity with both hands. Borja scored 15+ goals while not always being a starter while Jim smashed the box office with his crazy character. A second season with Borja upfront? Aaaaaaaaaaalrighty theeeeeeen!!
The Mask Award: Edin Dzeko
A personal favorite of mine. A golden oldie and it never ceases to amaze me. It aged very well and can still compete with modern comedies. Whatever happens Jim/Edin, we’ll always be grateful for the performances you gave us and I’ll never forget this masterpiece. A legacy.
The Mr. Popper’s Penguins Award: Pedro
The thing is: people expected way too much of this movie. They hoped for a revival of Ace Ventura. You know, Jim Carrey + animals: *drool*, yay! Just like Giallorossi were hoping for the Pedro version of Barcelona. Sadly it received mixed reviews and the Giallorossi were left frustrated. Mind you it wasn’t a flop per se. Just watch it again, without high hopes.
The Ace Ventura When Nature Calls Award: Stephan El Shaarawy
The return of the prodigal son! The first part was sublime and we were all very thrilled they would come back (Ace & Stephan). But as with most sequels, it couldn’t repeat the same magic trick from the original. There were sparks of madness though, so there’s hope. And with a rumored Ace Ventura 3 in the works, what’s not be loved? Exciting times ahead!
The Number 23 Award: Carles Perez
Ok, I know Perez wears no 31. That said, I just can’t get my head around it. Is it decent? A flop? Too soon to condemn it? Can it still turn into an evergreen after a while? This film was one of Carrey’s, uh, stranger productions. And that says something from a man who gave us Ace Ventura, The Riddler, and Lloyd Christmas from Dumber & Dumber. It’ll never be my favorite one but it feels intriguing in a weird kind of way.
That was it! Thanks, Jim for all these wonderful moments, making us cry, laugh, or sometimes both at the same time.
Are we forgetting someone? Are we omitting another stellar Carrey performance or Roma player? Feel free to share your thoughts in the afterparty (sounds better than the comment section, isn’t it?) below! To top this show off, let’s give the word to His Funny Royal Highness himself:
“My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.”
Amen, Jim. Amen.