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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 16 December 1994 (USA)
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After a woman leaves a briefcase at the airport terminal, a dumb limo driver and his dumber friend set out on a hilarious cross-country road trip to Aspen, to return the briefcase to its owner.

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Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Lloyd
Jeff Daniels ... Harry
Lauren Holly ... Mary
Mike Starr ... Joe Mentalino
Karen Duffy ... J.P. Shay
Charles Rocket ... Nicholas Andre
Victoria Rowell ... Athletic Beauty
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Barnard
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Karl Swanson
Teri Garr ... Helen Swanson
Brady Bluhm ... Billy
Cam Neely ... Sea Bass
Felton Perry ... Detective Dale
Brad Lockerman Brad Lockerman ... Bobby
Rob Moran ... Bartender
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Storyline

Harry and Lloyd are two good friends who happen to be really stupid. The duo set out on a cross country trip from Providence to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. After a trip of one mishap after another, the duo eventually make it to Aspen. But the two soon realize that Mary and her briefcase are the least of their problems. Written by Sam

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Taglines:

If they each had half a brain, together they would still only have half a brain. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | German

Release Date:

16 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Power Tool Is Not a Toy See more »

Filming Locations:

845 W 24th St, Ogden, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,363,442, 18 December 1994

Gross USA:

$127,175,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,275,374
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is the film debut of Harland Williams. He and Jim Carrey are both originally from Ontario, Canada. See more »

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[first lines]
Lloyd Christmas: Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to the medical school? I'm supposed to be giving a lecture in 20 minutes, and my driver's a bit lost.
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Alternate Versions

All UK releases remove the scene where Lloyd returns to the newspaper stand and shouts for the "little old lady" after she has taken off with his groceries and wallet. The scene was originally broadcast on ITV when the film premiered in the UK in 1996, but it has since been excised from all VHS and DVD releases of the film. This scene is only present on the Dutch VHS released by RCV Entertainment and the Australian DVD released by Roadshow Entertainment. See more »

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"Dumb and Dumber" is really "Funny and Funnier"
2 November 2006 | by iggyivanSee all my reviews

This movie goes from joke to joke constantly and never misses a beat. I could not stop laughing the first time I saw it, and the tenth time I saw it, and the hundredth time I saw it. This movie 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( Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels).

The movie 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(again), 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.

The film 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.

The movie 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. I will treasure this movie forever, and even when I watch it the 101st time, I know it'll make me laugh... and laugh... and laugh till it hurts.

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.


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