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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

A 1994 comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

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A classic 90's comedy, and "dumb humor" done right. 84%

  • Dec 17, 2012
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 had a small but potent phase of depression and a night watching this was the emotional pick-me-up I needed.


Dumb and Dumber follows two idiots in Providence, Rhode Island named Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels). Lloyd makes a big mistake on his job as a limousine driver when he mistakenly believes that Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) accidentally lost her luggage at the airport, and steals it before two hit people can retrieve it. Lloyd and Harry soon find themselves on a cross-country journey to Aspen, Colorado to return the luggage to Mary, and get tangled with trouble.


With this being a comedy about two rock-stupid guys, I think the Farrelly brothers did a great job at writing out the characters in this movie. Of course, Harry and Lloyd are the stars of this movie, and especially with Lloyd, they're perfect as “idiots” in this movie. Like a movie with good character development, Lloyd and Harry have very distinct personalities, and this really makes the movie such a ball to watch. Harry is the least dumb of the two, and has a slightly bigger conscience than Lloyd (though he's capable of doing low things). Lloyd is not only the dumbest of the two, but has a pretty dark personality, since he sells Harry's dead parakeet, Petey, to a blind kid before embarking on their journey to Aspen. Harry and Lloyd are excellent counterparts to Beavis and Butthead.

The other characters, such as Mary and the antagonist's hit people, are good as they are, but aren't as memorable as Harry and Lloyd.


With this movie being a comedy, the humor is the selling point of it. Thankfully, practically all the humor in this movie is top-notch.

The Farrelly brothers executed the humor very well in this movie. Among the most notable achievements in this area is the fact that they pull off “gross-out” humor that's actually funny. I find this a very tricky feat since so much humor of this ilk is done only to gross people out rather than laugh. Among the two funniest gags in this area would be when Harry accidentally angers a giant trucker named Sea Bass, and Sea Bass hocks a loogie into Harry's burger. You don't see the snot, but knowing that he's doing it makes it funny. The other is when Lloyd retaliates against some back-stabbing by Harry, and dumps a bunch of laxatives into Harry's tea. This causes Harry to run to the toilet once he gets to Mary's house, and the combination of him suffering on the toilet and the fade-in effect showing Lloyd manically laughing nearly killed me with laughter.

Other really funny moments in this movie are when a hitman named Mental tries to take out Lloyd and Harry at a restaurant, and the two dummies dare each other to eat “atomic peppers,” and the two try to cool off the heat in really humorous ways. Another is when Lloyd and Harry are at a gas station late at night, Lloyd is in the bathroom and realizes that he's in a bathroom specially marked for lewd conduct, and realizes he's in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I can keep going on about the jokes and gags, but I don't want to give away everything to you.


Mark Irwin's cinematography for this movie is quite superb. The shots of the mountains in Aspen, the somewhat run-down areas in Providence, and other locales in this movie look really good, which strangely go together well with the humor.


The soundtrack for this movie largely consists of 90's rock like Green Jelly and Crash Test Dummies. While this type of music isn't really my thing, it fits this type of comedy movie like a glove. There's even some synthesizers played in a few parts of the movie that feel reminiscent of other movies from the early half of the 90's.


This is among the Farrelly brothers' finest movies, and is one of those movies actually deserving of the hype and “classic” status given to fans. If you're having a bad day, take some time off to watch this to make yourself feel better (though your sides and abs might hurt from all the laughs). Even if you're having a good day, pop this movie in and have some laughs.

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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 . September 13, 2010
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Exactly what it says on the tin.
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 …
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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