For The Number 23, Forum & Discussions 1 Please rate and comment... The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film starred Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and Logan Lerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves an obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.