In the movie, “Me, Myself & Irene”, the main character, Charlie Baileygates, played by Jim Carrey, is diagnosed with a split personality, also known as dissociative identity disorder. What that means is, at some point in the movie, he develops a second personality, and that personality goes by the name of Hank. Through out the movie, viewers are able to see the symptoms of someone with DID, and see how it can affect their daily life. Usually dissociative identity disorder develops when a person is very stressed in childhood, or undergoes some type of abuse, sexual or physical.
The DSM states the primary characteristic of the disorder is when there is an existence of more than one distinct identity or personality within a person. The different identities then “take control” over the person at different times, and the real identity is pushed away. There really isn’t a perfect treatment yet for people with DID, most individuals who develop DID usually try to keep it a secret and do not seek medical help. Also it is difficult to diagnose because you have to determine if it really is a separate pers...
onality the person has or if they are acting.When someone truly does have DID it can take years of treatment to cure the patient.
Jim Carrey’s character doesn’t get diagnosed till later in life. Throughout his life he was always made fun of, but he just kept his anger inside. Charlie Baileygates has three mixed-race sons, which is awkward since him and his wife is the same race. When his wife leaves him for the black drawf limo driver that drove for their wedding it comes clear to him. After all this his anger built up inside was ready to come out, and it did, as Hank.
In the beginning of the movie you can tell he is getting angry.At a small party him and his wife throw, a co-worker confronts him about his kids being black, after that Charlie starts beating up the food on the grill. Right after that scene though Charlie is in a church confessing to the priest that he has so much anger inside and that he believes his wife is having an affair. Soon after his wife packs up and leaves Charlie for the limo driver. Like Charlie did with everything else, he “swallowed hard, and locked the pain away in his heart forever.
” In a confrontation with his neighbor, about something as simple as his paper, you can tell Charlie is having trouble.The neighbor took his paper, and then asked Charlie to just get a new one at work, Charlie tensed up some before being able to shrug it off and suck it down. Charlie’s friends even take advantage of how nice he is. They always make him the root of their jokes.
When Charlie asks a barber shop owner to move his illegally parked car, the owner laughs at him and just throws him the keys to the car and tells him to move it himself
The whole town takes advantage of Charlie though, not only his friends. In the supermarket a woman asks to cut in front of him inline and then ends up having a cart full of groceries.This is Charlies breaking point. He starts tensing up, you can tell something is happening.
All of a sudden he starts talking in a different voice, and finds vagaclean in the woman’s cart that cut in front of him. So to take his anger out on her he gets on the store microphone and announces she has vagaclean in her cart. We learn this new personalities name when he is drowning a young girl in the water fountain who disobeyed him earlier. When the girl says she is going to tell her father on him, he announces that he is Hank. After this change in personality he starts going after everyone who didn’t listen to him that day.
He even went as far as going to the bathroom on his neighbor’s front lawn. Charlie is a highway portal worker for the Rhode Island State Police and after his day of mischief as Hank, his police force sends him to see a doctor. That is when he is diagnosed with DID. Charlie’s boss explains to him what exactly it is he has, and tells him about Hank. The doctors give Charlie some medication to help control Hank and get his anger out in a normal fashion. The police chief comes to the conclusion that Charlie needed to take a vacation to clear his head.
When a woman named Irene comes in that has an outstanding warrant in New York, Charlie is ordered to escort her back to New York. What the chief doesn’t know is that Irene’s ex-boyfriend set up the whole crime so she would be forced to come back to New York so he could take care of some unfinished business with her. Unfortunately for Charlie, this ex-boyfriend, Dickie, is associated with some bad people. While on the road, Charlie and Irene come across what appears to be a dead cow in the road. Being the good citizen Charlie is, he decides to move it when he learns that t is still alive.
So to continue to do the right thing he decides to “put it out of its misery” by shooting it in the head, but the cow refuses to die after 5 shots to the head and Charlie ends up chocking it to death. After delivering Irene to the New York police, she was interrogated by two police officers. When a deliveryman comes to the door, the two cops are set up and shot while Irene runs. Irene goes and finds Charlie and tells him what is happening and he starts thinking of plans to help her. While leaving the hotel in a hurry, Charlie leaves his medication in the room.Charlie and Irene call for help, which ends up being a “bad” cop, Charlie is pushed over the limit and Hank comes back out.
Hank thinks quickly and disarms the cop and he and Irene get away. Hank comes clean to Irene about himself; Hank is nothing like
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