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Dumb and Dumber

1994 Dumb and Dumber
Directed byPeter Farrelly
Produced byCharles B. Wessler, Brad Krevoy, Steve Stabler
Written byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin
StarringJim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr, Charles Rocket, Teri Garr
Music byTodd Rundgren
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byChristopher Greenbury
Katja Motion Picture Corporation, Krevoy/Stabler/Wessler Production
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dateDecember 16, 1994
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$17 million
Box office$247.3 million

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Peter Farrelly, who co-wrote the screenplay with Bobby Farrelly and Bennett Yellin. Starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, it tells the story of Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Daniels), two dumb but well-meaning friends from Providence, Rhode Island, who set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado, to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, thinking it was abandoned as a mistake though it was actually left as ransom money. Lauren HollyKaren DuffyMike StarrCharles Rocket, and Teri Garr play supporting roles.

The film was released on December 16, 1994. It grossed $247 million at the box office and has developed a cult following in the years after its release. The success of Dumb and Dumber launched the career of the Farrelly brothers and solidified Carrey’s reputation as one of the most prominent actors of the 1990s. The film also spawned an animated TV series, a 2003 prequel, and a 2014 sequel.

IMDb’s One Star reviews from the last decade

Could have been good but failed to.

YeeterPerson 26 February 2021

For starters, I just want to say that I love nearly every movie that Jim Carrey is in. I loved Yes Man, Ace Ventura, and I could not love The Mask more even if I tried. This, this is just pure garbage. How in the world does this have a 7.3? I was genuinely falling asleep and I’m honestly suprised how people enjoyed this. Boring, sleazy, badly acted, and terrible are the 4 key words for this movie.

0 out of 1 found this helpful.

Painful to Watch

timothygartin 15 November 2019

I don’t think this movie is clever or funny or fun to watch. It’s one of the few movies I considered walking out of when I saw it in the theater. All the laughs come from stupid characteristics of the main characters. I know that’s how it is supposed to be, but these characters weren’t doing funny things. They were just doing annoying, gross or stupid things and they got on my nerves.

The lead actors are very talented, but this movie is terrible.

8 out of 16 found this helpful.


michelleishappy 28 November 2018

Warning: Spoilers

Another item that is highly offensive, of not outright blasphemous, is the using ofHandel’s Messiah’s “Hallelujah Chorus” when these two idiots meet a bus full of bikini-clad women.

The “Hallelujah Chorus” was written for Jesus, Our Lord. The directors should be ashamed that they used that song in that way. This movie is a waste of time.

6 out of 28 found this helpful.

Easily worst film I ever paid to see

dougfbn 7 July 2018

Not clever. Not funny. Not entertaining. I was staring at my watch waiting for it to end. Nothing redeeming about it. The theater was empty, a clear sign.

10 out of 25 found this helpful.

Celebrating the Sorry State of American Anti-intellectualism

adrianswingler 15 June 2017

The movie wasn’t funny. It made me angry. So, why such polarized reviews? I think it’s a statement about the state of affairs in the US.

The US has always been full of bone-deep anti-intellectuals. Anyone with an education is suspect. We’ve got a joke of a President because a certain segment were fed up with people with educations telling them to be more respectful of everyone and get over out-dated behaviors. But this goes further. This movie is the cinematic equivalent of the kind of societal failure that whips out of a parking lot in front of you, forcing you to brake heavily to avoid an accident, then drives painfully slow. That’s the kind of person that finds this movie funny. The kind of person that will never achieve anything…except they can keep you from getting something done!

So, what’s wrong with a movie for people like that? Well, like the aforementioned crowd that worships the orange one, it’s cruel! It’s not just that aggressive anti-intellectualism is cool, so is being rude and cruel. “What’s wrong with pulling the wings off flies, you pointy headed intellectual!” Yeah. It’s on that level.

Does that whole phenomenon anger you as well? Well, that’s the one useful thing about this movie. Those people like to lie about their feelings and keep their ugliness behind closed doors with their buddies. This movie is a good way to ferret them out. And you can see the denial/projection in the reviews. “Something wrong with you”. Just what I said. So, when reviews say, “If you don’t find this funny, there’s something wrong with you”, it’s just like all the other things that 1/3 minority is angry about. Someone not being like them. Someone knowing something that they never will. Someone acting like humans aren’t naturally cruel and insensitive.

Isn’t that hilarious?!?

And if you think there can’t be enough people like that to account for the positive reviews, just look at the reviews for any of Tarantino’s travesties of cinema. Mindless tribalism and video game ethics rampant.

8 out of 29 found this helpful.

1994 Dumb and Dumber