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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

October 22, 2009

9/10 Anatomically Correct Snowmen

One of the funniest movies of all time. I don’t know how the Farrelly Brothers are ever going to top this.

Dumb and Dumber is about two complete morons that both get fired on the same day. With nothing to lose and no money left to start their “I Got Worms” pet store, they decide to go on a cross-country road trip because “Dumber” needs to return the girl of his dreams’ briefcase. There’s this whole other plot line about how they’ve gotten themselves mixed up into a botched ransom handoff, but who gives a shit, it’s really about Jim Carrey ripping a waiter’s heart of his chest and Jeff Daniels getting explosive diarrhea.

Best. Plot line. Ever.

I might not be preaching to the choir here, but yes, I will stand by this movie as one of the all-time comedy greats until my dying days. The first time I saw this movie was in third grade with my Dad and my best friend at the time. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. Never before have I laughed so hard at a movie, and there have been few other times where I’ve found myself with a death grip on my groin because I was on the verge of pissing my pants in public. People throw the term “rolling on the floor laughing” around pretty loosely nowadays, what with all this “ROFL” nonsense and all, but this was the one time in my life where I really was out of my seat, gasping for air and rolling around on the horrendously sticky, disease-ridden movie theater floor.

Life was so much simpler in third grade.

And remember when Jim Carrey was great? Back when he was Fire Marshall Bill and Ace Ventura? Man, I miss those days, I think we all miss those days. He was my hero for a while there. Sure he had some duds in the mid-’90s, but he was hilarious, not to mention he was winning back-to-back Golden Globes like he ran the fuckin’ joint. But now, I don’t even know, it’s just not the same. Last good thing he did was Eternal Sunshine five years ago. I guess I just want my old Jim back.

Alright, I need to compose myself.

If you’re looking to see Jim Carrey at his best, here it is, folks. Well, this and the previously mentioned Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, not so much When Nature Calls. It’s pretty obvious that he steals the show as Lloyd Christmas (“Dumber”) because he’s just so over the top and wildly intense to boot. There really aren’t any other Jim Carreys in the world and he is something else to watch. Not much else to say other than that he’s great in this, a high point in his career. But let’s not forget about good ol’ “Dumb” either, played by Jeff Daniels of all people.

For all intents and purposes, Jeff Daniels is pretty well-respected actor. I don’t know whether this was a stroke of brilliance or just a stroke in general that made him take this role, but either way, he’s really freakin’ funny. People tend to overlook the Harry Dunne character in this movie and that’s a shame. Daniels actually has some of the best lines and what I think are the two funniest scenes in the movie (the diarrhea part, of course, and the extreme snowball fight). So props to Jeff Daniels, he really pulled it off and even though he’s not as wacky as his co-star, he’s still a total riot.

Anyway, I’ve seen this movie way too many times in my life. Then again, any time is always a great time to watch Dumb and Dumber. I’m sure the humor isn’t for everyone being that a lot of it is pretty inane and immature, but you gotta give it a chance. Yeah, the story’s practically non-existent, but everything else about it rocks. Extremely quotable, funny from start to finish, and it’s the best thing Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers have ever done for mankind. I think that should about do it.

Well, see ya later.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Nahuel permalink
    October 22, 2009 5:11 am

    Big Gulps, eh?

    …. Welp, see you later!

    • October 22, 2009 12:24 pm

      “Look, Lloyd! More hitchhikers!”
      PICK ‘EM UP!

  2. nothatwasacompliment permalink
    October 22, 2009 10:10 am

    ya know, i was not a jim carrey fan (not remotely…at all) after seeing some of ace ventura and the mask, so i was not excited about seeing dumb and dumber when some friends rented it, but it won me over pretty quickly. i still hate ace ventura, but dumb and dumber is definitely a classic.

    gotta love that rapist’s wit.

    • October 22, 2009 10:21 am

      Haha, I was worried for a second there, but glad to see you liked it. Can understand Ace Ventura, but Dumb and Dumber is whole ‘nother ball game.

  3. mcarteratthemovies permalink
    October 22, 2009 4:45 pm

    Favorite line of your review: “I don’t know whether this was a stroke of brilliance or just a stroke in general” that made Jeff Daniels take the part. Your reviews make life funner. And funnier.

    This one’s a comedy classic, and one I’ve found that stays funny upon repeat viewings. I can’t even talk about the fact that there was a sequel. Why, God, why?

  4. October 26, 2009 12:33 pm

    great review AR – i would pay to read an article youd written on the Top Five lines from Dumb and Dumber. well, i wouldnt pay, but id certainly read it
    for my money its: ‘JUST GIVE ME THE DAMN NUMBER!’
    comedy timing at its best

    • October 26, 2009 4:29 pm

      hahaha, you need to get more people on this bandwagon of paying to read my site. I like how you think, man. Awesome line, too. That list sounds like more of a job for you, one that I will happily comment on.

  5. October 29, 2009 8:15 pm

    Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey we’re once and always will be a once in a lifetime great screen couple. They are hilarious and they actually do feel like they have been friends for their whole lives. Great movie!

  6. Anna permalink
    October 18, 2010 4:59 am

    “I will stand by this movie as one of the all-time comedy greats until my dying days.”

    I second that.

    • October 18, 2010 12:36 pm

      Right on, Anna. More people need to be on this bandwagon. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Diamond Tim permalink
    June 27, 2011 1:41 pm

    10/10 for me. That John Denver is full of shit! 😉

    • June 27, 2011 2:00 pm

      Hahahahaha. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t give this a 10. I have to amend that one of these days.


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