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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

A 1994 comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

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Exactly what it says on the tin.

  • Sep 13, 2010

This is a movie about two guys.  Ones name is Harry.  He is dumb.  Lloyd is the other and he's dumber.  Put them together and you have Dumb and Dumber.  Two guys who fall under the category of "Too dumb to live" yet somehow they do live.

Harry and Lloyd are clueless losers who share a crummy apartment in Rhode Island who drift from one job to another since either one of them have just enough brain cells to keep from being in an animal cage throwing poo at each other.  They're dream job?  Open a worm farm store.  Like an ant farm but with worms.  Lloyd while working as a chauffeur gets a job to drive a beautiful socialite named Mary and takes her to the airport.  When he sees that she leaves a briefcase behind he scrambles to give it back to her but he's too late. 

Going home and meeting Harry who lost his job decide that at least taking the case to Mary would be a good deed and maybe be good for the both of them, not to mention that Lloyd has fallen in love with Mary.  So off they go across the country in the greatest vehicle ever on wheels, The Shagg'in Wagon to meet Mary in Aspen unaware that Mary's case is full of ransom money and the two kipnappers who were expecting the money are now following Harry and Lloyd.  Dead pets, wrong turns, hot peppers and more ensue between Rhode Island and Colarado.

This was made back in a time when jokes were in movies, physical and spoken jokes.  We didn't have walk ons and cameos, endless references to our other works or just other things in general.  The one thing I hate in a lot of comedies is when they start with the in jokes to replace real ones.  References aren't as bad but again aren't funny and it takes time away from making things that could be funny.  In this movie, you have pratfalls, jokes about laxatives, stupid sight gags, and more.  This movie may live up to it's name but it's funny and it's full of real jokes.

This movie is one of the "Big Three" that Jim Carey made in 93 and 94 among his earliest and biggest hits and it's also the first major movie by the Farrely Brothers who along with this movie helped usher in more of the "dumb, gross and stupid" comedy movement at the time.  What stunk about the movie is that it had a great pairing of Jim Carey with Jeff Daniels and they have not worked together again.

Dumb and Dumber was a bit of a trend setter since we got Billy Madison and similar movies of it's ilk later down the line.  A second movie came out later in 2003 but it was Carey and Daniels less and it was also a prequel.  Dumb indeed.

Exactly what it says on the tin.

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October 25, 2010
"back in a time when jokes were in movies", so well said.
October 25, 2010
I got so tired of actors who aren't funny like Owen Wilson or movies relying on cameos and injokes. Thats why this movie is great.
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review by . December 17, 2012
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Please note that this review is referring to the original cut of the movie, not the “unrated” edition.    Dumb and Dumber is one of those movies that I enjoyed during my childhood, and even after going through adulthood, is still one that I really enjoy because I still think the jokes are funny. In fact, I think some of the jokes are even funnier to me as an adult than when I was a kid. This is also a good movie to watch when you're not feeling too good because I recently …
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2012
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This is another movie I fully watched for the first time in so many years, and it's still a hoot.  Just as the title would imply, it's a comedy about two guys that are rock stupid, and the Farrelly brothers did a great job with the humor they attempted.      This movie has a lot of funny scenes, but one of my favorites was when Lloyd reveals to Harry that he sold Harry's dead parakeet, Petey, to a blind kid, then they show the blind kid just petting the dead …
review by . July 19, 2010
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This movie follows the story of two friends as they trek across the country to return a suitcase of a woman with whom Jim Carrey's character experiences a one-sided love-at-first-sight.  They don't know her name or where she lives, they are totally broke and down on their luck, yet they are determined to let nothing stop them.      I love this movie because it has proven to be one of the most-quoted movies among most people I know, and it continues to be hysterical …
review by . July 22, 2010
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This movie is about two extremely clueless but lovable guys, Lloyd and Harry, and their cross country adventure to return a briefcase to its rightful owner. Lloyd (Jim Carey), a limo driver, meets his dream woman Mary Sawson while on the job. After their brief meeting and even more brief goodbye, Lloyd realizes Mary's left her briefcase and decides to drag Harry (Jeff Daniels) along on a whirlwind adventure to return it. Their brainless ideas and sloppy logic make their trip bumpy from the beginning. …
Quick Tip by . September 13, 2010
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Two nitwits go across the country to take a breifcase to Colorado. Hilarity ensues.
Quick Tip by . September 15, 2010
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One of the greatest comedies ever made! No joke I have seen this film hundreds of times and laugh every time. Thank you Jim and Jeff, Thank you!
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
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Two lunkheads venture from New England all the way to Aspen CO to return a mystery breifcase to a lovely woman and encounter kidnappers, angry truckers and battle each other's stupidity. Carey is great and Daniels works great as a sidekick.
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
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This is a movie that people either love or hate and more often then not they hate it. However, it is entertaining and has some great one-liners. So, if you are in the mood just to be entertained, it is still worth a gander.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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I first saw this movie when I was 4 years old and of course didn't understand it. Today, I still don't understand it but that's OK, it still amuses me.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
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This was great, friends that end up being like brothers.
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Delivering exactly what its title promises, this celebration of stupidity was Jim Carrey's 1994 follow-up toAce Ventura: Pet DetectiveandThe Mask. The film pairs the rubber- faced wacky man with Jeff Daniels as the not-so-dynamic duo of Lloyd and Harry, dunderheads who come into the possession of a briefcase containing ransom money that is intended for Mob-connected kidnappers. Lauren Holly costars as the woman who lost the briefcase, and with whom Carrey falls in love (both in real life and as his moronic on-screen character). As Lloyd and Harry make a mad dash to return the briefcase (never aware of its contents), the bumbling buddies attract Mobsters, cops, and trouble galore. This lowbrow laugh-a-thon scores some solid hits for hilarity, but with gags involving ill-fated parakeets, buxom bimbos, and an overdose of laxatives, be prepared to put your brain--and good taste--on hold.--Jeff Shannon
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DVD Release Date: May 21, 1997
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: New Line Home Video
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