The Putney School
The Putney School is an independent high school located in Putney, Vermont. The school was founded in 1935 by Carmelita Hinton on the principles of the Progressive Education movement and the teachings of its principal exponent, John Dewey, it is a co-educational, college-preparatory boarding school, with a day-student component, located 12 miles outside of Brattleboro, Vermont. Emily Jones is the current director; the school enrolls 225 students on a 500 acres hilltop campus with classrooms, a dairy farm on which all of its students work before graduating. The school emphasizes academics, a work program, the arts, physical activity; the school's curriculum is intended to teach the value of labor, community and scholarship for individual growth. Most of the buildings on the school's campus were or built by Putney students and faculty, with the exception of the most recent additions, the Michael S. Currier Center and the Field House; this Currier Center is a departure from Putney's customary white, colonial-style architecture, instead using stone and concrete walls in an angular design.
It is used for dance, movie-making and visual-art presentations. The Field House, which opened in October 2009, was designed as a "net zero energy building". In 1995, the Boston Globe described the school as combining "a New England work ethic and a strong academic program." The school is a member of the Independent Curriculum Group and in 2009 received a 10-year accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. According to The Putney School 2008 Alumni Directory, alumni of The Putney School include: Some Putney faculty members had careers that extended beyond their teaching. Eric Aho, American painter John H. Caldwell, Nordic skier on the U. S. Olympic Ski Team and Nordic coach of the U. S. Olympic Ski Team Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont Eric Evans Fernando Gerassi, artist Peter C. Goldmark, Jr. environmentalist and executive. In The Freshman, character Clark Kellogg, played by Matthew Broderick, says that his father is an English teacher at The Putney School.
Lloyd, Susan McIntosh. The Putney School: A Progressive Experiment. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-03742-2. Sadovnik, Alan R.. Carmelita Chase Hinton and the Putney School. Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era. Palgrave. ISBN 0-312-29502-2. Putney School web site The Putney School's Fundamental Beliefs Independent Curriculum Group web site Accreditation report from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Association of Boarding Schools profile
Spanglish is a 2004 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks and starring Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, it was released in the United States on December 2004 by Columbia Pictures. The film grossed $55 million worldwide on an $80 million production budget, received mixed reviews from critics. Cristina Moreno is applying to Princeton University. For her application essay, she tells the story of a year from her childhood, how it shaped the person she has become today. Flor Moreno is a poor Mexican single mother who moved to America years earlier seeking a better life for her and her daughter, Cristina, she takes on two jobs, but soon cannot maintain them, so Flor's cousin takes her to a job interview to work as a nanny for the Clasky family, consisting of John and Deborah, their children Bernice and Georgie, Deborah's mother Evelyn Wright. John is a successful chef and an easy-going man who enjoys cooking and spending time with his children, while Deborah is a former businesswoman turned stay-at-home mother, Evelyn is developing into an alcoholic.
Deborah is uptight and her neurotic behavior upsets the family - Deborah mentally abuses her daughter, body shaming Bernice by forcing her to exercise, buying her smaller-sized clothes and putting her down for certain behaviors. John is more laid back and supports the mental well-being of his children, but he feels that he cannot stand up to Deborah, so decides to let her be. Soon, Flor is needed to be a full time nanny at the Claskys' home for the summer. Unable to communicate well in English, Deborah finds a neighbor to translate, Flor admits she is unable to maintain these hours because she has a daughter. Out of desperation to keep Flor as their nanny, Deborah invites Cristina to come stay with them, to act as interpreter for her mother. Deborah becomes attached to Cristina since she is beautiful and thin, begins to treat her more like a daughter than Bernice; the clothes and gifts which Deborah buys for Cristina do not go unnoticed by Flor, who does not approve. Needing to get materials for a project that he is working on, John gives the children a small task, in which they will receive money in exchange for various pieces of glass they collect from the beach.
Cristina takes the task and ends up receiving $640 for her collection. Flor finds out about this, is overwhelmed and angry at the large sum of money given to her daughter. Flor and John argue, with Cristina as the interpreter, Flor wants to leave because of the awkward family dynamic. John coaxes her into staying, much to Cristina's delight, Flor begins to learn English so she can better communicate with the Claskys. In the meantime, John opens a new restaurant, but falls into a temporary depression because of the stress of the business, while Deborah begins an affair. Deborah enrolls Cristina into a private school with Bernice, upsetting Flor, who wants Cristina to keep in touch with her Mexican roots and working-class values. Flor feels that her employer is overstepping her bounds and voices her objection to John, who tells her he is frustrated with Deborah because Bernice has no support system from her own mother. Flor tries to encourage Bernice and build her self-confidence, by showing her small acts of kindness after Deborah has been hard on her.
Summer ends and Cristina and Bernice attend their first day of school together. That afternoon, Cristina is allowed to bring her school friends back to the Claskys' house. Flor, who had not given permission for this, is upset at the situation and Deborah tries to cover for Cristina; the now-sober Evelyn realizes that her daughter is having an affair and that her marriage is in trouble. She pleads with Deborah to end the affair, telling her she will never get another man as good as John. Deborah confesses to John that she cheated on him and begs him to stay so that they can work things out, he offers to give Flor a ride to the bus stop, but the pair end up going to his restaurant, where he cooks for Flor. They have a genuine and deep conversation, become closer, but Flor is afraid of the consequences of a relationship, since they both have children. Flor tells John that she leaves before he can kiss her. A desperate Deborah continuously tries to contact John. Evelyn says that her own failings as a parent have caused Deborah to become the person that she is, the two have a frank conversation during which they become closer as mother and daughter.
Flor decides to quit and take her daughter home, which angers Cristina, who got along well with the Claskys. As they are about to leave, John tells Flor that he envies whoever will get to have her in the future, before parting ways forever. On their way home, Flor tells Cristina that she cannot attend to the private school anymore, upsetting Cristina more, she screams in the middle of the street. Flor loses patience with Cristina after she asks her mother for'space', similar to the Claskys avoiding each other and asking for space when they cannot solve a problem. Flor explains to her daughter that it is time she answers the most important question of her life: "Is what you want for yourself, to become someone different than me?" Cristina considers this on their bus ride home, they make up and embrace. Cr
Polish Americans are Americans who have total or partial Polish ancestry. There are an estimated 9.5 million self-identified Polish Americans, representing about 3% of the U. S. population. Polish Americans are the largest Slavic ethnic group in the United States, second largest Central European group and the eighth largest immigrant group overall; the first Polish settlers arrived at Walter Raleigh's failed Roanoke Colony in 1585. In 1608 Polish settlers came to the Virginia Colony as skilled craftsmen. Two early immigrants, Casimir Pulaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko, led armies in the Revolutionary War and are remembered as national heroes. Overall, more than one million Poles and Polish subjects have immigrated to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exact immigration numbers are unknown. Many immigrants were classified as "Russian", "German" and "Austrian" by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as the Polish state did not exist from 1795 to 1918 and thus the former territories of Poland at this time were under Prussian, Austrian-Hungarian and Russian control.
Complicating the U. S. Census figures further are the high proportion of Polish Americans who marry outside their ethnicity; the Polish American Cultural Center places a figure of Americans who have some Polish ancestry at 19-20 million. In 2000, 667,414 Americans over 5 years old reported Polish as the language spoken at home, about 1.4% of the census groups who speak a language other than English or 0.25% of the U. S. population. Their history is divided into three stages: From the colonial era down to 1870, small numbers of Poles and Polish subjects came to America as individuals or in small family groups, they assimilated and did not form separate communities; some Jews from Poland assimilated into cities which were Polish bastions in order to conceal their Jewish identities. From 1870 to 1914, Poles and Polish subjects formed a significant part of the wave of immigration from Germany, Imperial Russia, Austria Hungary; the Ethnic Poles and Jews in particular came in family groups, settled in and/or blended into Polish neighborhoods and other Slavic bastions, aspired to earn high wages compared to what they could earn back in Europe.
The main Ethnically-Polish-American organizations were founded because of high Polish interest in the Catholic church, parochial schools, local community affairs. Few were politically active. Since 1914, the United States has seen mass emigration from Poland, the coming of age of several generations of assimilated Polish Americans. Immigration from Poland has continued into the early 2000s, began to decline after Poland joined the European Union in 2004; the income levels have gone up from well to above average. Poles became active members of the liberal New Deal Coalition from the 1930s to the 1960s, but since many have moved to the suburbs, have become more conservative and vote less Democratic. Outside of Republican and Democratic politics, politics such as those of Agudath Israel of America have involved Polish-Jewish Americans. Lopata argues that Poles differed from most other ethnic groups in several ways, they did not plan to remain permanently and become "Americanized". Instead, they came temporarily, to earn money and wait for the right opportunity to return.
Their intention was to ensure for themselves a desirable social status in the old world. However, many of the temporary migrants had decided to become permanent Americans. Many found manual labor jobs in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and the heavy industries, of the Great Lakes cities of Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Toledo; the U. S. Census asked Polish immigrants to specify Polish as their native language beginning in Chicago in 1900, allowing the government to enumerate them as an individual nationality when there was no Polish nation-state. No distinction is made in the American census between ethnically Polish Americans and descendants of non-ethnic Poles, such as Jews or Ukrainians, who were born in the territory of Poland and considered themselves Polish nationals. Therefore, some say, of the 10 million Polish Americans, only a certain portion are of Polish ethnic descent. On the other hand, many ethnic Poles when entering the US from 1795 to 1917, when Poland did not exist, did not identify themselves as ethnic Poles and instead identified themselves as either German, Austrian or Russian.
Therefore, the actual number of Americans of at least partial Polish ancestry, could be well over 10 million. In the 2011 United States Census Bureau's Population Estimates, there are between 9,365,239 and 9,530,571 Americans of Polish descent, with over 500,000 being foreign-born. Polish-Americans have assimilated quickly to American society. Between 1940 and 1960, only 20 percent of the children of Polish-American ethnic leaders spoke Polish compared to 50 percent for Ukrainians. In the early 1960s, 3,000 of Detroit's 300,000 Polish-Americans changed their names each year. Language proficiency in Polish is rare in Polish-Americans, as 91.3% speak "English only". In 1979, the 8 million respondents of Polish ancestry reported that only 41.5 percent had single ancestry, whereas 57.3% of Greeks, 52% of Italians and Sicilian
The Family Man
The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner, written by David Diamond and David Weissman, starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, helped produce the film; the film centers on a man who experiences what his life might have been if he had made a different decision earlier in his life. Jack and Kate, who have been together since college, are at JFK Airport, where Jack is about to leave to take up a twelve-month internship with Barclays in London. Kate fears the separation will be fatal for their relationship and asks him not to go, but he reassures her, saying their love is strong enough to last, he flies out; the scene fades out to "13 years later": Jack is now an unmarried Wall Street executive in New York City, living a carefree bachelor's life. At work, he is putting together a multi-billion dollar merger and has ordered an emergency meeting on Christmas Day. In his office, on Christmas Eve, he gets a message to contact Kate, but though he remembers her, he dismisses it uninterested.
On his way home, he is in a convenience store when a young man, enters claiming to have a winning lottery ticket worth $238, but the store clerk refuses him, saying the ticket is a forgery. Cash pulls out a gun and threatens him, so Jack offers to buy the ticket and Cash agrees. Outside, Jack tries to help Cash, to which he responds by asking Jack if anything is missing from his life. Jack says he has everything he needs, whereupon Cash enigmatically remarks that Jack has brought upon himself what is now going to happen, walks away. A sleeps. On Christmas Day, Jack wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom with two children, he rushes out to his condo and office in New York, but both doormen refuse him entrance and do not recognize him. Jack encounters Cash driving Jack's Ferrari. Although Cash offers to explain what is happening, all he says is a vague reference to "The Organization" and that Jack is getting "a glimpse" which will help him to figure out for himself what it's about. Jack realizes that he is living the kind of life he might have had if he had stayed in the United States with Kate as she had asked.
He has a modest family life, where he is a car tire salesman for Kate's father and Kate is a non-profit lawyer. Jack's young daughter, thinks he is an alien but a friendly one and assists him in fitting into his new life. With a few setbacks, Jack begins to succeed, bonding with his children, falling in love with his wife and working hard at his job. Taking advantage of a chance meeting when his former boss, chairman Peter Lassiter, comes in to have a tire blowout fixed, he impresses him with his business savvy and Lassiter invites him to his office, where Jack worked in his'other' life. There, after a short interview, Lassiter offers him a position. While he is excited by the potential salary and other perks, Kate argues that they are happy and they should be thankful for the life they have. Having decided that he now likes this'other' life, Jack again sees Cash, now a store clerk, he demands to stay in this life, but Cash tells him there is no choice: "a glimpse", by definition, is an impermanent thing.
That night, Jack tries to stay awake, but fails and wakes the "next day", Christmas Day, to find himself in his original life. He forgoes closing the acquisition deal to intercept Kate, finding her moving out of a luxury townhouse before flying to Paris. Like Jack, she has focused on her career, has become a wealthy corporate lawyer, she had only called him to return a box of his old possessions. He chases after her to the airport and, in an effort to stop her leaving, describes in detail their children and family life he had seen. Intrigued, she agrees to go with him for a coffee. From a distance, they are seen talking animatedly over their coffees; the Family Man opened at #3 at the North American box office making $15.1 million in its opening weekend, behind What Women Want and Cast Away, which opened at the top spot. After 15 weeks in release, the film grossed $75,793,305 in the US and Canada and $48,951,778 elsewhere, bringing the film's worldwide total to $124,745,083; the film received mixed reviews from critics.
Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 53% based on 128 reviews, with an average rating of 5.49/10. The site's consensus states: "Despite good performances by Cage and by Leoni, The Family Man is too predictable and derivative to add anything new to the Christmas genre, it sinks under its sentimentality". Metacritic reports a 42 out of 100 rating based on 28 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Chris Gore from Film Threat said: "If you're looking for a heartfelt, feel-good holiday movie, just give in and enjoy". Matthew Turner from ViewLondon said: "Perfect feel-good Christmas-period family entertainment. Recommended." Common Sense Media and Redbox both rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Movie guide.org rates it four of four stars. Well written, it makes you laugh and cry. Better yet, it’s an intentionally moral movie, it wants to prove that everyone needs love..."Emma Cochrane from Empire in 2015 wrote: "This is the kind of adult fantasy you want to see at Christmas and, as such, it's enjoyable entertainment", gave the film 3 stars out of 5.
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Frasier is an American sitcom, broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee in association with Grammnet and Paramount Network Television; the series was created as a spin-off of Cheers, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother and making new friends. Frasier stars Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney; the show was critically acclaimed, with the show itself and the cast winning thirty-seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a record at the time for a scripted series. It won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for five consecutive years; as of 2019, the possibility of a revival is being discussed and is in early development. Psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane returns to his home town of Seattle, following the end of his marriage and his life in Boston.
His plans for a new life as a bachelor are challenged when he is obliged to take in his father, Martin, a retired Seattle Police Department detective, who has mobility problems after being shot in the line of duty during a robbery. Frasier hires Daphne Moon as Martin's live-in physical therapist and caregiver, tolerates Martin's dog Eddie. Frasier spends time with his younger brother Niles, a fellow psychiatrist. Niles becomes attracted to, falls in love with, but does not confess his feelings to her until the final episode of the seventh season. Frasier hosts The Dr. Frasier Crane Show, a call-in psychiatry show on talk radio station KACL, his producer Roz Doyle is different from Frasier in many ways. She is working class, direct and, at least early in the series, has superficial relationships with many men; however and Frasier share a professional respect and a wry sense of humour, over time, they become best friends. Frasier and the others visit the local coffee shop, Café Nervosa; the Crane brothers, who have expensive tastes, intellectual interests, high opinions of themselves clash with their blue-collar, average Joe father.
The brothers' close relationship is tense, their sibling rivalry intermittently results in chaos. For a pair who make a living solving others' problems, they are comically inept at dealing with each other's myriad hangups. Other recurring themes include Niles's relationship with his never-seen wife Maris, Frasier's search for love, Martin's new life after retirement, the various attempts by the two brothers to gain acceptance into Seattle's cultural elite. Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, a radio psychiatrist, he is a pedantic, finicky and sometimes pontifical man. Growing up with a cultured mother and "Average Joe" father, Frasier epitomises a synthesis of upper-class sophistication yet is still capable of working-class enjoyments. After returning to Seattle, he begins embracing his more cultured background but developed a more snobbish and haughty self due to rekindling his relationship with his brother Niles Crane. Despite his pretentious demeanour, Frasier has strong moral compass. David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane, Frasier's younger brother, a psychiatrist in private practice.
Fastidious and far snobbier than Frasier, Niles' pedantic, neurotic qualities provide a foil for Frasier's own idiosyncracies. He is loyal and loving which more than makes it up in the eyes of his loved ones. Niles is close to his older brother, though their fiercely competitive natures provide much of the humour. Like Frasier, Niles prefers fine arts and intellectual pursuits to activities like sports, though he excels in squash and croquet. Niles is mysophobic, given to wiping his hands after human contact and wiping down chairs in public places before sitting on them. John Mahoney as Martin Crane and Niles's father, a down-to-earth and unpretentious Seattle police detective, forced to retire from the force due to a gunshot wound to his hip. Due to this injury inhibiting him from living alone, Martin is forced to accept Frasier's invitation to live with him upon Frasier's return to Seattle. Though his sons share little in common with him in terms of hobbies and personalities, their relationship deepens over the seasons.
Martin's relationship with Eddie. Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, a Mancunian physiotherapist and live-in housekeeper hired by Frasier to help Martin with his physiotherapy. Daphne's eccentric, working class background and self-professed psychic abilities lead to Daphne's comical non-sequiturs about her unusual family, to the Cranes' incredulity. Despite her background, Niles falls for her instantly. Niles' obsession with Daphne and Daphne's obliviousness of this obsession is developed throughout the earlier seasons of the series. Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, the producer of Frasier's radio show. Originating from Bloomer, Roz is an attractive single woman with a euphonious voice much-remarked amongst Frasier's listeners, she has no shame about her promiscuity, the subject of many jokes and snide remarks from Frasier's brother Niles. Dan Butler as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (seasons 4–6.
Englewood, New Jersey
Englewood is a city located in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 27,147, reflecting an increase of 944 from the 26,203 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,353 from the 24,850 counted in the 1990 Census. Englewood was incorporated as a city by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 17, 1899, from portions of Ridgefield Township and the remaining portions of Englewood Township. With the creation of the City of Englewood, Englewood Township was dissolved. An earlier referendum on March 10, 1896, was declared unconstitutional. Englewood Township, the city's predecessor, is believed to have been named in 1859 for the Engle family; the community had been called the "English Neighborhood", as the first English-speaking settlement on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River after New Netherland was annexed by England in 1664, though other sources mention the Engle family and the forested areas of the community as the derivation of the name.
Other sources indicate that the name is derived from "wood ingle", meaning "woody nook", or that the name was coined anew. Numerous other settlements in the United States were named for Englewood as settlement in North America expanded westward. J. Wyman Jones is credited with convincing residents to choose Englewood for the city's name when it was incorporated over such alternatives as "Brayton" and "Paliscena". Englewood, like the rest of New Jersey, was populated by Lenape Native Americans prior to European colonization; the Lenape who lived in the Englewood region were of the "turtle clan" which used a stylized turtle as its symbol, but little else is known of those inhabitants. When Henry Hudson sailed up what would become known as the Hudson River in 1607, he claimed the entirety of the watershed of the river, including Englewood, for the Netherlands, making the future region of Englewood a part of New Netherland. However, the region remained unsettled under Dutch rule as the Dutch did little to encourage settlement north of modern Hudson County, as the imposing New Jersey Palisades blocked expansion on the west bank of the Hudson.
In 1664, after the Dutch surrendered all of New Netherland to England, the rate of settlement picked up. The English were generous with land grants, many families, not only English but Dutch and Huguenot, settled the area, which during the colonial era was known as the English Neighborhood. Street names in Englewood still recall the relative diversity of its earliest settlers. From 1906 until March 16, 1907, when it burned down, Englewood was the site of Upton Sinclair's socialist-inflected intentional community, the Helicon Home Colony. Associated with the project were Sinclair Lewis. Direct distance dialing, which allowed callers to reach other users outside their local calling area without operator assistance, was introduced to the public in Englewood. On November 10, 1951, Englewood Mayor M. Leslie Denning made the first customer-dialed long distance call, to Mayor Frank Osborne of Alameda, California; as of that date, customers of the Englewood 3, Englewood 4 and Teaneck 7 exchanges, who could dial some exchanges in the New York City area, were able to dial 11 cities across the United States by dialing the three-digit area code preceding the local number.
Two years after his graduation from Fordham University, Vince Lombardi began his football coaching career at Englewood's St. Cecilia High School, which closed in 1986. Sites in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places include: John G. Benson House Thomas Demarest House Garret Lydecker House St. Paul's Episcopal Church Peter Westervelt House and Barn According to the United States Census Bureau, Englewood had a total area of 4.937 square miles, including 4.914 square miles of land and 0.023 square miles of water. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the city include Highwood; the city borders the Bergen County municipalities of Bergenfield, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Leonia and Tenafly. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 27,147 people, 10,057 households, 6,788.475 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,524.6 per square mile. There were 10,695 housing units at an average density of 2,176.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 45.28% White, 32.58% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 8.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.73% from other races, 3.72% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.48% of the population. There were 10,057 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.5% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, 9.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.24. In the city, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.9 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005 film)
Fun with Dick and Jane is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller. It is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name; the story focuses on a married, middle-class couple who resort to robbery when the husband's employer goes bankrupt. Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon, John Michael Higgins, Richard Burgi, Carlos Jacott, Gloria Garayua and Stephnie Weir star, James Whitmore appears in an uncredited cameo in one of his final roles. Fun with Dick and Jane was released by Columbia Pictures on December 21, 2005 and grossed over $202 million worldwide at the box office. In the year 2000, Dick Harper has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for a large media corporation known as Globodyne; the following day, he is on a television program with presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who calls Globodyne "perverters of the American dream", claiming it helps the super-rich get wealthier. As they speak, Globodyne's stock value collapses, rendering all investments – including all the employees' savings and pensions – worthless.
Dick arrives home, where his wife Jane tells him that she quit her job as a travel agent following his promotion to spend more time with the family. Dick breaks the news of the company's failure over dinner. Despite his attempts, Dick is unable to find another job with comparable pay, within a short time, the family faces bankruptcy. After accepting the prospect of being poor and Jane apply for low-paying jobs. Both are unable to keep them, soon their utilities are cut off, forcing them to sell off personal property to stay afloat; when they are confronted with a 24-hour eviction notice, Dick decides to turn to a life of crime. After several failed robbery attempts and Jane rob a head shop, they become more comfortable and professional over time. They soon steal enough money to pay off their debts including their house and car, both of which were about to be repossessed. For one last heist and Jane plan to rob a local bank. All goes as planned until the Petersons – another couple employed at Globodyne – make an amateurish attempt to rob the same bank.
The Petersons are arrested, the Harpers take advantage of the hysteria to evade police and escape. After watching news footage of the arrests and other crimes committed by former Globodyne employees, the Harpers decide to cease criminal activity and live a normal life again. Dick, discovers that he's about to be indicted for his unwitting role in Globodyne's demise. At a local bar, Dick encounters Frank Bascombe, the former CFO of Globodyne, drunk and guilt-ridden. Frank tells Dick the company's crooked CEO Jack McCallister diverted all of Globodyne's assets and dumped all of his stock, thus ruining the company and its employees while embezzling a $400-million fortune. Frank, about to go to prison after a failed attempt to expose McCallister's crimes, has received a $10 million bribe from McCallister in exchange for his silence. After learning about McCallister's scheme, Dick and Frank decide to take revenge. Frank tells them McCallister plans to transfer his $400 million in bearer bonds to an offshore account.
Dick and Jane intercept the transfer from inside the bank and substitute a fake form, transferring the funds to an account Frank has established. McCallister notices the account number on demands to have it corrected. Dick confronts demands that he sign a blank check. Knowing Dick's threats are empty, McCallister leaves the bank. Dick tells Jane, his contingency plan; the next day, McCallister is mobbed by reporters and former Globodyne employees, all praising him for his generosity. Dick appears, as McCallister's vice president, hands him a prepared statement, which McCallister reads on live television. McCallister is shocked to announce that he has transferred $400 million to a trust fund to support Globodyne's defunct pension plan in gratitude to his former employees. Dick and Frank lead the cheers from the crowd, while McCallister faces them, unable to expose the trio without revealing his own crimes. A news report shows Dick and Jane delivering pension fund checks to former Globodyne employees, including the now-imprisoned Petersons, implies that Dick has avoided indictment, while reporting that McCallister's net worth has been reduced to only $2,283.
A year Dick's family drives a rusty old Volkswagen into the sunset. While Billy is teaching his parents Spanish, a Bentley containing Dick's friend Garth approaches. Garth tells Dick; the film is based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Gaiser, filmed in 1977. Peter Tolan wrote the first draft of the screenplay. In June 2003 it was announced that Jim Carrey would star in the film with Barry Sonnenfeld directing and Brian Grazer producing. On July 14, 2003 it was announced; the same day it was reported that the Coen brothers would rewrite the script. On July 3 it was announced that Sonnenfeld had left the film, six weeks before the start of production. Production was postponed until after Carrey had completed his next film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. On October it was announced that Dean Parisot would replace Sonnenfeld as director and that production would start in June 2004. Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller worked on the script with Parisot. Diaz left the film. On July 21, 2004, it was announced.