IF THEY EACH HAD A BRAIN, TOGETHER THEY WOULD STILL ONLY HAVE HALF A BRAIN.
Best friends (and complete idiots) Lloyd and Harry (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels) go on a road trip to Aspen where they intend to return a briefcase that was left behind in a limo by a beautiful woman (Lauren Holly). The Farrelly brothers’ first film together set the formula for what was to come – cheerful lunacy, likable guys in the leads, gross-out gags. In this case, the movie also became part of Carrey’s meteoric rise to stardom. He and Daniels are perfectly cast, completely committed to their moronic characters, and make up for the script’s many shortcomings, including its kidnapping subplot.
1994-U.S. 106 min. Color. Directed by Peter Farrelly. Screenplay: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin. Cast: Jim Carrey (Lloyd Christmas), Jeff Daniels (Harry Dunne), Lauren Holly (Mary Swanson), Teri Garr, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr.
Trivia: Steve Martin and Martin Short were allegedly considered for the leads. Followed by a prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), a sequel, Dumb and Dumber To (2014), and an animated series, Dumb and Dumber (1995-1996).