Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Perfectly titled, and that’s why I love it.

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star as the dim-bulb title characters who get more than they bargained for when they try to return a briefcase left at the airport by socialite Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). Unaware that the case is crammed with cash intended for the baddies who abducted Mary’s husband, the two cretins set out on a cross-country trip to find her — with the kidnappers not far behind.

This is a film I have probably seen about 15 time sin my life, and literally every time I have laughed again, and again. There are certain things like seeing a movie too much, but this is not one of them.

My favorite thing about this film is that it’s humor is down-right the best. It’s dumb and immature, but at the same time it’s kind of smart and hilarious. The plot is pretty ridiculous but that’s not why you came to see the film, the things that happen in it, are what makes it all great. The film is full of memorable one-liners that are just hilarious, and will have you laughing till the ribs are hurting.

The Farrelly Brothers have directed many films like this since then, but it hasn’t really captured the real flavor that is within this film. Yeah, There’s Something About Mary is also really funny too, and Shallow Hal is pretty sweet tasting, but their not killing you with laughter, and this does just that. My only problem with this film is that watching it so many times, certain scenes don’t seem as funny anymore as they once were, and it all does feel a bit too 90’s. But hey, the 90’s were actually pretty bangin’ so I really can’t discriminate too much.

Jim Carrey has always been one of my favorite comedic actors of all-time, cause he literally can make the most bland characters, seem hilarious and likable. He does that just so with Lloyd Christmas, and gives him some of the best scenes with his signature goofiness, as well as his random noises and faces he makes throughout the course of the film. The guy hasn’t done much great in awhile, other than I Love You Phillip Morris and a couple of others, but this is always a reminder that he was the king of goofiness. Jeff Daniels doesn’t get that much love as Carrey does, but he is equally as funny as Harry Dunne. He provides plenty of great one-liners, and a goofiness with his acting that we don’t quite see as much nowadays, but it’s easy to say he does bring out plenty of laughs. Their chemistry as good buddies feels so genuine, and plenty of scenes that rely on them just being goofy with each other, feels real and you can tell by the chemistry that they have been friends for so long. I wish one of these days I can see these guys back on screen together.

Also, don’t ever check out that shit-ass prequel, Dumb and Dumberer. That will make you lose your appetite, and possibly your love f0r this film.

Consensus: It may be too dumb for some viewers, but Dumb and Dumber features hilarious comedy that works, as well as perfect comedic performances from Carrey and Daniels.



  1. I actually rented this to prepare myself for the new Farrelly Brothers film, Hall Pass. I might actually just watch it.

    Remembering this movie also made it difficult for me to realize that Jeff Daniels is actually a dramatic actor. At one point I even thought that Jim Carrey was more of a dramatic actor, because of all the good movies he was in. To me Daniels was Harry, for more than a decade.

  2. This is one stupid-ass film but damn it!!!! I love it. It’s hilarious.

    It’s a damn shame at how far the Farrelly Brothers had fallen since Shallow Hall and the nadir that was The Heartbreak Kid.

  3. This is the Farrelly’s at their best. Same goes for Jim Carrey who might have delivered finer dramatic performances (eg. The Truman Show) but no better comedic performances as here. Great review, Dan.

  4. It’s one of my favourite comedies of all time. Just a classic that is funny every time you see it. There aren’t many comedies I will watch again and again, but this is one. Other examples are probably Coming to America, Kung Pow and Four Lions.

  5. I just had a short screenplay of mine compared to this film. I’m not sure whether or not to take it as a compliment. There was no spite in the commenter’s voice, and I like the film myself, so I’ll just assume she was in love with my short.

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