Dumb and Dumber
|Dumb and Dumber|
Theatrical release poster, parodying Forrest Gump
|Directed by||Peter Farrelly |
Bobby Farrelly (uncredited)
|Produced by||Brad Krevoy |
Charles B. Wessler
Bobby Farrelly (co-producer)
Gerald Olson (executive)
|Written by||Peter Farrelly |
|Starring||Jim Carrey |
|Music by||Todd Rundgren|
|Editing by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema (US) |
First Independent Films/Entertainment Film/Columbia Tristar/Warner Bros. (UK)
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||107 minutes |
113 minutes (Unrated)
|Budget||$17 million|
Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly. Written and directed by the Farrelly brothers, the film follows the cross-country trek of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two good-natured but incredibly moronic friends.
Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are two best friends and two very dumb men living in Providence, Rhode Island. Lloyd, employed as a limousine driver, falls in love with Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) whom he drives to the airport. She leaves her briefcase at the terminal and Lloyd, not knowing it contains ransom money for her kidnapped husband Bobby, retrieves it and attempts to return it to her but is unsuccessful as her Aspen-bound plane has already departed.
Back at their apartment Lloyd and Harry meet up dispirited, as they have both recently lost their jobs as a driver and a dog groomer respectively. The pair are followed by two crooks Joe "Mental" Mentalinio (Mike Starr) and J.P Shay (Karen Duffy) in pursuit of the briefcase. Mistaking the crooks for debt collectors, the duo leave the apartment and return later that night, but not without Lloyd having his booze and wallet stolen by an old lady first. Lloyd arrives to find Harry disgruntled and depressed. Harry, not realizing Joe killed his parakeet Petie, claims his "head fell off" as if it were due to natural causes. Lloyd persuades Harry that they should leave their squalid lives in Providence and journey to Aspen in pursuit of Mary. Lloyd justifies this brash suggestion by insisting that Mary could "plug [them] into the social pipeline." Harry refuses initially but soon agrees.
During their cross country trip to Aspen the duo encounter a variety of incidents along the way, including a run in with a trucker thug Sea Bass (Cam Neely), who spits on Harry's burger after being hit by a salt shaker, a police officer (Harland Williams) drinking Lloyd's urine from a beer bottle after assuming they were drunk driving, the pair accidentally killing Joe after spiking his burger with hot peppers unaware that he has ulcer problems and feeding him rat poison rather than his pills, and Lloyd getting almost getting sexually assaulted by Sea Bass in a gas station rest room. Drawing near to Colorado, Lloyd takes a wrong turn and ends up driving the pair all night in the wrong direction. Apparently stranded due to lack of gas money, Lloyd is able to get the journey resumed by trading their van for a moped, straight up.
The duo finally arrive in Aspen but are unable to locate Mary. Freezing outside in the cold that night, they begin to fight during which the brief case comes open and they discover the money. They spend the money lavishly, on a hotel room, new clothes and a new car. They discover that Mary and her family are hosting a gala and prepare to attend. At the dinner gala, Harry gets a date with Mary and lies to Lloyd that he has gotten him a date with her, much to Lloyd's delight. After waiting all day for Mary to arrive for their date, Lloyd finds out Harry had betrayed him. He gets revenge that evening by putting laxatives in Harry's tea causing him to badly need to use Mary's broken toilet, giving Lloyd the opportunity to swoop in and inform Mary he has her briefcase. Lloyd takes Mary to his room and shows her the case, taking the opportunity to profess his love for her. She informs him his chances with her are about "one out of a million." Nicholas Andre (Charles Rocket) a friend of the Swansons is behind Bobby's kidnapping and ends up taking the duo and later Harry hostage. After debating who to kill first, Harry allows Andre to shoot him but lives due to a bullet-proof vest the FBI has given him. The FBI team, led by Beth (Victoria Rowell) arrest Nicholas and Shay; Mary and Bobby (Brad Lockerman) are reunited.
The film ends with Harry and Lloyd wandering down a road in the desert, unknowingly turning down the chance to be oil boys to a group of Hawaiian Tropic bikini girls, lamenting the fact that two lucky guys will get to travel around with the girls, completely oblivious to the fact the two lucky men could have been them.
- Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas; a chip-toothed, semi-literate and mischievous man who has been fired from several jobs due to his lack of intelligence and his unwillingness to work "40 hours a week", the most recent of which is driving a limousine.
- Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne; Lloyd's best friend. A good-natured dog groomer who has a dog-shaped van. He also owned a pet parakeet named Petey until he was killed by Mental, which Harry didn't realise and just thought his head had fallen off from old age.
- Lauren Holly as Mary Swanson, a wealthy heiress whose husband, Bobby, has been kidnapped.
- Charles Rocket as Nicholas Andre; a greedy, wealthy resident of Aspen, Colorado and the mastermind behind Bobby's kidnapping. He enjoys fine living and is a longtime confidant of the equally wealthy family of Aspen, the Swansons.
- Mike Starr as Joe "Mental/Gas-Man" Mentalino, a criminal who works as a henchman for Nicholas Andre.
- Karen Duffy as J.P. Shay, Mental's female accomplice.
- Victoria Rowell as Beth Jordan (credited as "Athletic Beauty"), an FBI agent masquerading as a talkative young woman who is moving to Aspen to get away from her boyfriend.
- Cam Neely as Sea Bass, a trucker who frequently gets annoyed by Lloyd and Harry.
- Joe Baker as Barnard
- Brad Lockerman as Bobby Swanson, Mary's husband.
- Lin Shaye as Mrs. Neugeboren
- Teri Garr as Helen Swanson
- Hank Brandt as Karl Swanson
- Harland Williams as Pennsylvania State Trooper
- Brady Bluhm as Billy in (Apartment) 4C, the Blind Kid
- Rob Moran as Bartender
- Lisa Stothard as Austrian Bus Stop Beauty
- Connie Sawyer as Elderly Woman
- Fred Stoller as Anxious man at phone
Scenes taking place in Aspen were filmed in Breckenridge, Colorado and Park City, Utah. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was transformed into the "Danbury Hotel" for the filming of the movie. The "Danbury Hotel" bar scene and staircase shot were the shots filmed there. The scenes filmed in the snow were shot at Copper Mountain Resort.
Some scenes from the beginning of the film were also shot on location in the Providence, Rhode Island metropolitan area, including shots of the skyline, The Big Blue Bug, and scenes from the beginning of their road trip were shot in locations in Cumberland.
|Dumb and Dumber: |
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||November 22, 1994|
Dumb and Dumber: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the original soundtrack to the film; the soundtrack was released by RCA Records on November 22, 1994.
- "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" by Crash Test Dummies (featuring Ellen Reid)
- "New Age Girl" by Deadeye Dick
- "Insomniac" by Echobelly
- "If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)" by Pete Droge
- "Crash (The '95 Mix)" by The Primitives
- "Whiney, Whiney (What Really Drives Me Crazy)" by Willi One Blood
- "Too Much of a Good Thing" by The Sons featuring Bret Reilly
- "You Sexy Thing" by Deee-Lite
- "Where I Find My Heaven" by Gigolo Aunts
- "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Butthole Surfers
- "Take" by The Lupins
- "The Bear Song" by Green Jellÿ
- "Get Ready" by The Proclaimers
The song "The Rain, The Park & Other Things" by The Cowsills was not on the soundtrack, although it was played quite prominently in the montage of Lloyd fantasizing about Mary, nor was "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, though it was featured prominently in the make-over montage.
Also missing are "Rollin' Down the Hill" by The Rembrandts, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by the Crash Test Dummies, "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Can We Still Be Friends" by Todd Rundgren (who also wrote the original soundtrack), "Boom Shack-A-Lak" by Apache Indian and "Make Love Now" by Patrick Wilson. The song "Go your own way" by Artist Fleetwood Mac was presented as a short in made for movie version of the film.
 Critical response
Dumb and Dumber received mixed reviews from critics. The film currently garners an overall 63% "fresh" approval rating on the Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, it has a score of 39% based on reviews from 13 critics, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".
While Roger Ebert gave the film only two of four stars (despite praise for Carrey's performance, dubbing him a "true original", and the dead parakeet joke), most reviews were positive. Stephen Holden of The New York Times called Jim Carrey "the new Jerry Lewis," and Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle called it "riotous", "rib-splitting", and gave the film praise for being both a crude and slapstick comedy and a "smart comedy" at the same time.
Although the film did not win any major American film awards, it was successful at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards. Carrey won for Best Comic Performance, Carrey and Lauren Holly (a couple who would later endure a short-lived marriage) won for Best Kiss, and Carrey and Daniels were nominated for Best On-Screen Duo.
In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Dumb and Dumber the 5th greatest comedy film of all time. The film ranks 445th on Empire Magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.
 Box office
The film was successful at the box office, grossing $127,175,374 in the United States, and $247,275,374 worldwide, and topping the holiday season film gross. The song "Go your own way" by Fleetwood Mac was also presented as a short
 Animated series
In 1995, a Hanna-Barbera-produced animated series aired on ABC, as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup; Matt Frewer provided the voice of Lloyd, while Bill Fagerbakke voiced Harry. In the cartoon, Harry and Lloyd have reacquired their van now named "Otto". The cartoon also features a new character, Kitty, a female pet purple beaver who appears to be smarter than both men. The animated series was written by Bennett Yellin, co-writer of the film.
In 2003, a prequel was released to theaters, entitled Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. The prequel featured a different cast and crew than the previous film. It was heavily panned by critics, receiving a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was only a moderate success, grossing approximately $39.2 million worldwide against a $19 million budget, as opposed to the original film's far greater $279 million worldwide gross against a $17 million budget.
On April 1, 2012, it was announced that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels had been signed to the sequel, and that principal photography would begin in September. The Farrelly brothers will direct and write the script.
On September 25, 2012, The Farrelly brothers stated on their Twitter that the sequel's script is close to completion. It was also confirmed that the sequel's title will be Dumb and Dumber To [sic]. On October 1, 2012, it was reported that the script is complete and that the original actors, Carrey and Daniels, will in fact be reprising their roles. Part of the plot will reportedly involve one of the characters having sired a child and needing to find the child in order to obtain a kidney.
On January 15, 2013, it was reported that Peter Farrelly explained, "It’s going well. We have a great script and now we are just trying to get it made. I love the script. It’s exactly like the first one. We pick up 20 years later. We explain what they’ve done for the last 17 or 18 years. We take off from that and it’s just a lot of laughs. It’s at Warner Bros., and right now it’s being financed outside the studio, but it will be released by Warner Bros. And that’s all being worked out right now. If you liked Dumb and Dumber, you’ll like this because it’s the same and more. It’s really fun. It's being made through Warner Bros. but now we have several financiers that are negotiating with the studio and trying to make the best deal. Whichever one does will make the movie. It’s going to be made through Warner Bros. and released by Warner Bros. but financed by an outside financer."
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