Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber: slapstick, gross-out, knockabout comedy about two terminally stupid friends crossing America to return a briefcase to the rightful owner. The film delivers as a comedy by setting the gag-gun to rapid fire, covering everything from black comedy, actual toilet humour, the absurd, ridiculous and Carrey’s brand of physical rubber-facery. Re-watching as an adult, it’s also surprisingly perverse and dark, with lines like “split you like an old piece of firewood”, “Rapists’ wit”, and Lloyd Christmas perversely listening to people getting nasty in the next room. Considering he’s acting alongside a out-and-out comedian Daniels isn’t overshadowed, with some fantastic comedy delivery/timing – which isn’t easy when the characters are this stupid. The Farrelly’s do a top job at making this all kind of fit together coherently, and the film’s topped off with a decent indie-rock soundtrack. ‘Silly’ doesn’t begin to describe how stupid Dumb and Dumber is, and despite being 1990s to the core it is still genuinely funny, and full of so many quotable lines (and fond memories for anyone that watched it over and over on VHS!!). A true comedy great.

Score: 7/10

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4 comments
  1. Mac said:

    Still one of my favourite comedies ever. The tiny motorbike! :)

    “… and TOTALLY redeem yourself!”

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Mock – YEAAAH
      Ing – YEAAAH
      Burd – YEAAH…

      Can’t beat it, and it never fails to amuse when you hear randoms shouting “kick his ass seabass!!!”

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  2. I probably watched this movie a million times on VHS back in the day. I crack up just thinking about the quotes.

    Lloyd: What the hell are we doing here, Harry? We gotta get out of this town!
    Harry: Oh yeah, and go where? Where are we gonna go?
    Lloyd: I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.
    Harry: Oh, I don’t know, Lloyd. The French are assholes.

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  3. Dan said:

    Probably my favourite Farrelly brothers film. I watched There’s Something About Mary again a few days ago and really enjoyed it. I was reminded just how funny the Farrelly’s once were – what happened to them!?

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