107 Min | Comedy | December 1994
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly
Dumb And Dumber Review: This movie goes from joke to joke constantly and never misses a beat. “Dumb and Dumber” 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 and Harry Dunne. “Dumb and Dumber” 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, 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. “Dumb and Dumber” 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.
“Dumb and Dumber” 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. 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.