Movie Review: "Dumb & Dumber"
Length: 107 minutes
Release Date: December 16, 1994
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Stars: 4 out of 5
"Dumb and Dumber" is a raucously funny film that strings together a series of sight gags that will keep you doubled over with laughter. The screenplay was written by Bennett Yellin along with brothers and veteran pranksters Bobby and Peter Farrelly, who put their jokester experience to good use in the movie. Casting Jim Carrey in the lead role was not only the icing on the cake, it was pure genius. Carrey was able to pull off the movie's gags in a way that hasn't been seen since comedian Jerry Lewis appeared on the silver screen.
The movie starts in Providence, Rhode Island, a town that Carrey revisited nearly six years later when starring in the hit movie "Me, Myself and Irene." The plot focuses on the antics of two best friends, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), who are both socially awkward and seemingly not very bright. Lloyd is a limousine driver, and Harry runs a mobile dog grooming service complete with a truck decked out as a sheep dog.
Lloyd is called upon to drive Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) to the airport, where she is to board a plane to Aspen. He instantly develops a crush on her. After noticing that Mary has left a briefcase in the terminal, Lloyd tries to return it, but her plane has already left. What Lloyd doesn't know is that the briefcase is filled with ransom money that she left for the kidnappers so they would return her kidnapped husband Bobby.
Harry and Lloyd, who have now both lost their jobs, meet up at their apartment completely unaware that they are now the focus of a pair of thugs who were supposed to pick up the ransom money: Joe Mentalino (Mike Starr), known simply as Mental, and J.P. Shay (Karen Duffy). Harry and Lloyd decide to head to Aspen to return the briefcase to Mary, hoping that she will be able to help them out of their current situation.
The trip to Aspen is filled with hilarious encounters and mishaps, including the duo picking up Mental who is posing as a hitchhiker. Mental brought along some rat poison he intended to use on the two men, but things go wrong and they wind up killing Mental instead.
Shortly after arriving in Aspen, Lloyd and Harry discover the money in the briefcase. After outfitting themselves with new clothes, buying a new Lamborghini, and checking into a luxury hotel suite, they discover that Mary's family is hosting a big event, and the two decide to crash the party. As Lloyd and Harry find out that they are both in love with Mary, they each do what they can to prevent the other from attending the gala.
In the end, neither one of them gets the girl. They wind up being kidnapped themselves by the original plot's mastermind, but the scheme is foiled by the FBI, and Mary is finally reunited with her husband. Harry and Lloyd wind up returning everything they purchased with Mary's money, and the two begin a long walk back to Rhode Island.
Although "Dumb and Dumber" opened to mixed reviews, with revered critic Roger Ebert giving the film a mere two stars while admitting that the movie made him laugh louder than he ever had, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels had the last laugh. The film wound up grossing almost $250 million worldwide. While it didn't win any major awards, it did win three separate MTV Awards in 1995, including Best Comedic Performance, Best Kiss, and Best On-Screen Duo. "Dumb and Dumber" has also become a true cult classic.
The movie spawned a prequel, which was released in 2003. "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" goes back to the 1980s to tell the story of the early relationship between Harry and Lloyd and chronicle their high school years. Although a sequel, "Dumb and Dumber To," was planned, it was announced in June 2013, that New Line Cinema had dropped the film. One month later, Jeff Daniels made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's show where he confirmed that the movie would be released in 2014, exactly twenty years after the original.
While "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" didn't have the same success as the original "Dumb and Dumber," an entire generation is anxiously waiting to see Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles in the sequel to the "Dumb and Dumber" franchise.