Tuesday, October 27, 2009

#445: Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Director: Peter Farrelly
Cast: Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels

Harry and Lloyd are two examples of people of the utmost stupidity. Lloyd is working as a taxi driver, and Harry as a dog groomer, and their ultimate goal is to start a pet shop to sell worms. When Lloyd falls in love with a girl in his car who is heading to the airport, he amorously watches after her at the airport, where she lets go of her suitcase and walks off without it. What he doesn't know is that this was a drop-off of a large sum of money, which Lloyd successfully ruins. He and Harry make a cross-country trip to Aspen to return the bag, creating mayhem at every turn.

You guys may lose some respect for me for this, but I can't give this a bad review. And I'll tell you why.

No, I wasn't the greatest fan of this film. But! This is not because of the film itself. It's because of its genre. And I just feel wrong for giving a bad review for a genre. As far as the film goes, it is a classic among its fart-happy descendants. No matter how irritating Jim Carrey can be, he's selling his role with perfection. I have nothing at all against his performance, even though I didn't really enjoy it all too much.

But even with my general dislike for this type of film, it did actually get me chuckling more than once. I can't stress enough how much of an accomplishment that is, considering I went into the film disliking it before it even started. So, congratulations 11-year-old audience, you won me over... at little.

Fun Trivia (Stolen from IMDB):

  • Jim Carrey chipped his tooth years earlier, but had the cap removed for the film to make his character look more deranged.
  • After the guys pull the bill-paying stunt on Sea Bass, Harry asks Lloyd where he got that idea. Lloyd tells him that he saw it in a movie. This is a reference to the movie Something Wild (1986) in which Jeff Daniels does the same thing to Ray Liotta.
  • Nicolas Cage and Gary Oldman were the original choices to play Harold and Lloyd.
  • Jim Carrey was initially offered $700,000 to appear in the film. However, the offer went in the same week that "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" opened at number 1 at the US box office, so by the time Carrey's agents had renegotiated with the film's producers, his salary had upped itself to $7 million, almost half the film's budget.

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