Movie Review "Dumb and Dumber" (1994)
What is the Movie "Dumb and Dumber" About?
“Dumb and Dumber” is the 1994 comedy directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and it stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Carrey and Daniels play the role of two very good friends who suddenly agree to take a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado after both of them lose their jobs because of questionable decisions. Jim Carrey arrives home one night and says that they both have to get out of this town (Providence, Rhode Island). Daniels who plays the role of Harry Dunn asks him where they are going to go to. At first when Carrey who plays the role of Lloyd Christmas who was a limousine driver before he lost his job mentions the name of Aspen, Harry Dunn goes berserk. This is not going to be a full summary of the movie Dumb and Dumber but rather there will be some information of what the movie is about followed by critical analysis and why people should watch this movie that came out in 1994.
One Reason Why Dumb and Dumber is an Interesting Movie
Dumb and Dumber is actually interesting because within a short amount of time, these two friends go from being very broke to super wealthy because of one brave decision by Lloyd. Although this is only a movie, it shows that it is possible for people to become wealthy.
Dumb and Dumber is Not a Movie That All Movie Fans Will Enjoy
Note: the movie may seem to be stupid to some viewers because of the kind of humor that is in the movie but for those that want to see a comedy movie filled with one hilarious scene after the other, Dumb and Dumber is a great choice.
What is the Main Focus of the Plot for Dumb and Dumber?
The movie focuses on what happens to these two friends as they go on a long trip by van to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase that they thought was left at the airport by mistake. The briefcase was actually left at the airport as ransom money that two people (one of them being actor Mike Starr that plays the role of Mr. Mentalino who is assigned by his boss Nicholas Andre (Charles Rocket) to track down Harry and Lloyd). As viewers are able to find out later in the movie, the briefcase contains millions of dollars in it. How does this happen? As Harry and Lloyd get into the Rocky Mountains, they are next to a lake and they have lighted a campfire to keep warm in the cold Colorado winters. A scuffle between Harry and Lloyd ensues when Lloyd tells Harry that has extra gloves that he can use. Harry gets very angry when he hears this because his hands are almost frozen solid. The briefcase falls down in the snow and Harry and Lloyd cannot believe how much money is in the briefcase. They were fortunate enough to inherit this huge sum of money because of the decision by Lloyd to pick up the briefcase.
Why is Dumb and Dumber Worth Watching?
Dumb and Dumber is definitely worth watching because the movie is filled with almost 2 hours of laughs plus it has some suspense style scenes in it. Former NHL hockey player Cam Neely who plays the role of Seabass constantly gets into confrontations with Lloyd and Harry because Harry throws salt over his right shoulder because Lloyd told him to do so. This scene happens at a diner in Pennsylvania. Cam Neely played for the NHL’s Boston Bruins and retired in 1996 due to injuries.
Thoughts About the Diner Scene Continued
The scene shows just how stupid Jeff Daniels’ character is but this is one of the reasons why Dumb and Dumber is so hilarious.
Then, to add a further twist to the plot, Lloyd comes up with what turns out to be a brilliant way to scam somebody. He walks up to the table and apologizes to "Seabass" and his friends for that unpleasant scene earlier and he offers to buy them beers. Or that’s what Harry Dunn thinks. But Lloyd walks up to the waitress and says that Seabass and the guys offered to pick up their check when in reality they did not. Those guys end up being overcharged and scammed. They rush out of the restaurant and Seabass in a fit of rage vows to go after these two guys.
Dumb and Dumber and Two Famous Love Scenes
Dumb and Dumber also has a love component in it because Lloyd has a huge crush on a wealthy heiress named Mary Swanson (played by actress Lauren Holly). However, Lloyd does not find out until much later in the movie that she is married to Bobby who has been kidnapped. Near the end of the movie when Mary and Lloyd are in the hotel room, Lloyd is so nervous that he is really stuttering and he cannot being himself to talk to her. After several attempts to communicate with her, he finally talks, saying something really funny and stupid. When Mary tells him that she should probably get going, Lloyd realizes his mistake and knows that this is not what he meant to say. He gathers himself and asks her about the chances of them getting together as romantic partners. Swanson finally says there is a one in a million chance of that happening. Lloyd actually dreams about Mary Swanson at night while he is driving. Because he falls asleep at the wheel, their van almost collides with a huge truck.
Why Does Dumb and Dumber Have Great Comedic Value?
Dumb and Dumber has great comedic value even if the scenes in it are a little bit questionable in terms of the content. This is different from a typical romantic comedy in the sense that there is some suspense involved because the two main guys in the movie are being chased by a hit-man and his boss.
Memorable Performance by Actor Mike Starr
Mike Starr delivers a memorable performance in the movie because of his accent and the lines that he says. After his car breaks down, Starr joins these two guys in their van converted to look like a sheepdog. Along the way, these two guys make some noise and argue before Mr. Mentalino tells them to quiet down. Thy again make a really annoying loud noise before they are asked to quiet down. Mr. Mentalino asks if they can perhaps listen to the radio. In one of the funniest parts in American movie history, these two friends start singing a song called Mockingbird. They then pick up Mexican migrant workers and take them along in their van! At a diner, Harry and Lloyd sit down to eat a burger with Mr. Mentalino. While Mr. Mentalino steps outside briefly to call his boss and inform him of where he is, the two friends put a few very hot peppers in his burger and play a joke on him. Mr. Mentalino cannot handle anything that is spicy because spicy food triggers his ulcer. This is known as the “pepper scene” and is one of the funniest scenes in the entire movie!
"The Hot Pepper Scene" in Dumb and Dumber
“So you’re telling me there’s a chance… Yeah! I read you!”
Jim Carrey tells this to Lauren Holly, his love interest in the movie.
“Pull over! Huh? Pull over! No it’s a cardigan but thanks for noticing.”
(Jeff Daniels) Harry Dunn communicating with the police officer who pulls them over because they were driving too fast.
"Uh excuse me guys?"
Jim Carrey says this as he walks up to where Cam Neely's character is sitting at the table in the diner.
Favorite Scene in the Movie Dumb and Dumber
Which One of these scenes is your favorite scene from the movie Dumb and Dumber?
"There's a Chance" Scene
Final Thoughts About Dumb and Dumber
"Dumb and Dumber" is by no means a flawless movie but it is also one that is recommended for those that need a great laugh to cope with life’s challenges. You can look at this movie as a great coping mechanism.
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