Number 23

Directed By: Joel Schumacher Starring: Virginia Madsen Jim Carrey

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Walter sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.


Studio New Line
SKU 204356449
UPC 794043106880
UPC 14 00794043106880
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating UR
Fantasy Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 affair inches towards its fiery conclusion, we learn the role the number 23 has played in their story and will play in Walter's future if he cannot keep his growing obsession with it at bay. While Carrey and Madsen are adept at playing a man gone mad and a headstrong wife in crisis, they are most fascinating as their dark counterparts, and Schumacher succeeds in creating a truly intoxicating noirish underworld of sex and death through those sequences.
New York Times "Mr. Schumacher has some fun with special effects, taking us inside the gloomy neo-noir world of the book itself." 02/23/2007 p.E8
Entertainment Weekly "[Carrey] throws himself into blood-bucket acting with a commitment that's scary enough to hold you." -- Grade: B- 03/02/2007 47
Joel Schumacher
Virginia Madsen
Jim Carrey
Cast & Crew
Andrew Laws - Production Designer
Beau Flynn - Producer
Danny Huston - Actor
David Sandefur - Art Director
Fernley Phillips - Writer
Harry Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
Jim Carrey - Actor
Joel Schumacher - Director
Jon Billington - Art Director
Logan Lerman - Actor
Mark Stevens - Editor
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer
Richard Brener - Executive Producer
Virginia Madsen - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 10688
UPC 00794043106880
Number of Discs 1
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review Gimmicky numerology plus Jim Carrey minus narrative coherence equals "The Number 23," a visually and psychologically murky thriller that, given its hero's paranoid obsession with the titular number, plays like a very grungy episode of "Sesame Street." Noirish fantasy sequences and red herrings galore fail to enliven this straight-faced but silly exercise from helmer Joel Schumacher, while the prospect of Carrey in downbeat thriller mode promises to intrigue as many potential audiences as it turns off...As he proved most recently in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (which plumbed the depths of his subconscious much more inventively), Carrey has gifts far beyond the range of dumb comedy; here, however, he's simply miscast in a role that would have benefited from a lesser-known character thesp.
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Unrated, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Carrey,Jim
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...looks terrific...always keeps moving...never feels headlong or rushed...a very good movie...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly The film's assaultive shock editing holds "The Da Vinci Code" with insanity and violence...

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