Dumb and Dumber (1994) Review

We got no food, we got no jobs, our pets’ heads are falling off!

The good:
– Lovable characters
– Downright hilarious script
– Great acting
– Good songs

The bad:
– The bad guys spoil it a little

Where do I even start with this? Just… watch it! Go out there and watch it, and then come back here and join in the fan-girling!

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are the lovable fools, and this is one of Carey’s big successes, and also shows that Daniels can do comedy too. It’s written by the Farelly brothers (There’s Something about Mary, Kingpin), and in my opinion is by far their funniest offering.

I think the fact that this film is over twenty years old speaks for itself. You won’t remember the new stuff in two decades. Dumb and Dumber has aged so well (better than the early Friends seasons) – none of it feels dated.

Now don’t get me wrong; it isn’t a perfect movie. Some of the scenes in the uncut version are inappropriate, mainly the trucker bathroom scene. It’s bad enough in itself, but I’ve seen two different versions – one where he’s fully clothed, one where he’s in only underwear. I think the latter is for when it shows on TV, which shows that they know the other version is bad, which then begs the question, why shoot it in the first place?

Dumb and Dumber came before modern comedies, and as such doesn’t need to swear to be funny. At times it can be in-your-face, and at other times subtle. The thing that’s made this film so popular for so many years is the amount of quotes that come out of it. I know this film front to back, and frankly it continues to be funny even the tenth time round. Any self-respecting comedy fan, nay, film fan, should have seen this.

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