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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Succeeded by: Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Directed by:
Peter Farrelly
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dum og dummere

RUNNING TIME
106 minutes

Produced by:
Charles B. Wessler
Brad Krevoy
Steve Stabler
Written by:
Peter Farrelly
Bennett Yellin
Bobby Farrelly


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Lloyd Jim Carrey
Harry Jeff Daniels
Mary Lauren Holly
J.P. Shay Karen Duffy -
Joe Mentalino Mike Starr
Nicholas Andre Charles Rocket -
Helen Swanson Teri Garr -

 

Review

This spoof-style collection of silly gags and toilet humour may not have made much notice had it not coincided with and profited from Jim Carrey's meteoric rise to comedy stardom (he had released the hugely successful Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask that same year). Constructed as a buddy/road movie, Dumb and Dumber revolves around two halfwits (Carrey and Jeff Daniels) who unknowingly stumble upon a briefcase full of money and then decide to travel across the country in order to return it to its rightful owner, the beautiful Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), blissfully unaware of that they are being chased by various hit men and mobsters who are also after the money. The jokes along the way are hit or miss, to put it mildly, but Carrey's presence and energy keeps the film watchable in its drearier parts and wonderfully hilarious in a number of highlights, not least a brilliant daydream sequence with an absurd martial arts showdown which still stands as one of Carrey's best on-screen moments.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 11.04.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 25.07.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang