Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket
Directed By: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Written By: Peter Farrelly, Bennett Yellin, Bobby Farrelly
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) are a couple of hapless morons, who inadvertently stumble into a basic plot involving a kidnapping, and a suitcase full of cash. That story, of course, was never meant to be anything ground breaking, but merely serve as a platform for a series of gags. Most of which, are actually very funny.
These two are dumb, but in a lovable mischievous kind of way. They don’t know the difference between Austria and Australia, but selling a dead bird to a blind kid isn’t beyond them. They are also able to get themselves out of trouble as easily as they get into it.
For Jim Carrey, Dumb and Dumber is just another day at the office. The material suits his brand of extreme physical comedy, and to his credit, he certainly doesn’t phone it in. The real surprise here however, is Jeff Daniels. Playing against type, Daniels is a great foil for Carrey’s antics, and the two really work well together. He gets fewer solo moments, but does a great job with what he’s given to work with, and his turn at the good old laxative toilet run gag is certainly good for a laugh!
Dumb and Dumber also doesn’t glorify stupidity as a virtue, which was a relief. Their idiotic journey hits our heroes with as many setbacks as it brings them luck, and there’s no attempt here to deliver any trumped-up life lesson, which would have been really obnoxious. This movie’s plot and humor are simple and effective, making Dumb and Dumber worth checking out.
If you’re a fan of Jim Carrey’s work, then this is a must see. It’s a good-natured, simple comedy, with a nice blend of toilet humor and slap-stick. This movie is rated PG-13, so the physical gags never get too violent, and it doesn’t ever stray into sex comedy territory.
This isn’t a big visual experience, so this will work just fine over a streaming service on any device you care to watch it on.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
My taste in humor runs on the darker side, so when I found out Lloyd had sold Harry’s dead bird (after taping its head back on) to a blind kid for $25, I was glad I was able to pause this movie while I had a laughing fit!
“Pretty bird. Yes, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird, yeah pretty bird… Polly want a cracker?”