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Dumb & Dumber (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 16 December 1994 (USA)
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The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.

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Harry and Lloyd are two good friends who happen to be really stupid. The duo set out on a cross country trip from Providence to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. After a trip of one mishap after another, the duo eventually make it to Aspen. But the two soon realize that Mary and her briefcase are the least of their problems. Written by Sam

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For Harry and Lloyd every day is a no-brainer. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »

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16 December 1994 (USA)  »

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A Power Tool Is Not a Toy  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,732,230 (UK) (14 April 1995)

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$127,175,354 (USA)
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In order for Jeff Daniels to attain Harry's frizzy hair, during filming he was instructed to wash his hair only, and not to use conditioner, blow dry it, or even comb it. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Mary are making a snowman, there is pair of skis stuck in the snow with the top hat hanging on them. But they have both changed out of their ski clothes, neither of them are wearing ski boots, and there is no other ski equipment there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lloyd Christmas: Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to the medical school? I'm supposed to be giving a lecture in 20 minutes, and my driver's a bit lost.
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Post Production Monsters...Andrew Greenbury (as Andrew) & Nicholas Greenbury See more »

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Referenced in Sammy the Screenplay (1997) See more »

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Whiney Whiney (Things That Make Me Crazy)
Performed by Willi One Blood
Written by Willi One Blood, David Raimer, Henry Mancini & Ray Davies
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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"Dumb and Dumber" is really "Funny and Funnier"
2 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie goes from joke to joke constantly and never misses a beat. I could not stop laughing the first time I saw it, and the tenth time I saw it, and the hundredth time I saw it. This movie never gets old. There is not one single dull moment. The movie takes off and never lets up, not even enough to let you breathe. There is something absolutely mesmerizing and hilarious about Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels' performances as the lovable idiots Lloyd Christmas( Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels).

The movie starts out in Providence, Rhode Island with two guys who are down on their luck. They've just lost their jobs, are late on the gas bill(again), and make the best of a bad situation by returning a briefcase they've recovered to its rightful owner, an attractive woman named Mary (Lauren Holly). And Lloyd(Carrey), has fallen madly in love with Mary after driving her to the airport. It just so happens that Mary lives all the way across the country, in Aspen, Colorado (or is it California?) Sure its crazy and stupid, but they've got nothing to lose, so they take off in their 84' sheepdog. And let's face it, if we were them, we'd go too.

Dumb and Dumber was not pretentious, the actors never made you feel like they were in on the joke. No, they played it with a straight face the whole way through, and that's really the best way to do comedy. Even when they aren't speaking, their body language alone is enough to elicit huge laughs. The reactions and facial expressions are perfect.

The film wasn't warmly received by a lot of critics, but only because they couldn't lower their snouts long enough to realize that this was not another movie about dumb guys, but really a film about earnest guys. And they are pathetically funny just being themselves. They play stupid games in the car to pass the time, and sing aloud to keep from getting bored, and have crazy dreams of one day opening up a worm store.

The movie plays out with a high spirit and feel good attitude that can't be matched. And the soundtrack is perfect; it really sets the tone and never feels out of place.

Really, truly, without a doubt, the best comedy ever made. I will treasure this movie forever, and even when I watch it the 101st time, I know it'll make me laugh... and laugh... and laugh till it hurts.

The film is well paced and has a spontaneous nature that lacks in most comedies. Behind all the stupidness, there is a real glow of brilliance. The fact is, more than all the goofiness and crazy antics, "Dumb and Dumber" is a film full of smarts, and that's what we end up admiring the most.


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