Dumb and Dumber

Year: 1994
Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer: Peter Farrelly/Bobby Farrelly
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Karen Duffy, Teri Garr
Part of Jim Carrey's early path to becoming the highest paid comic actor in Hollywood, wedged somewhere in between Ace Ventura and Liar Liar.

It also heralded the arrival of one of the cleverest writer/director teams in comedy today, the Farrelly brothers.

They're clever because they can very easily trick you into thinking they're making a stupid comedy for complete idiots, nothing but pratfalls and simplistic one line gags. But their writing is not only original, it also wheedles the underlying message under your skin without all the sugar most Hollywood movies use to cram subtexts down your throat. You often realise — too late — that you've learnt something.

Harry and Lloyd are two unbelievably stupid friends and this movie tells the story of their adventure to return a lost briefcase to its rightful owner. Unbeknown to them, the briefcase belonging to beautiful stranger Mary (Holly, Carrey's wife at the time) was the drop for a kidnapping ransom, and with Harry and Lloyd trying to make their way to Aspen to track her down, things couldn't have gone worse — for Mary or the bagmen who were supposed to get the dough.

Like The Man Who Knew Too Little, which was Bill Murray's last broadly obtuse comic role, the plot depends on a lot of stretches of believability as luck goes into bat for the pair in a very big way.

But the fun is in a genuinely funny script, great performances by both Carrey before he had pretensions and the always-faultless Daniels, and the fearlessness of the Farrelly brothers after a decade of comedy films castrated by political correctness.

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