Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly. Written and directed by the Farrelly brothers, Dumb and Dumber is their directorial debut. The film follows the cross-country trek of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two good-natured but incredibly moronic friends who try to return a briefcase full of money to its owner.

The film was released on December 16, 1994. While initial reception towards Dumb and Dumber was mixed, it was a commercial success and has obtained a cult following in the years since.[3][4] The success of Dumb and Dumber launched the career of the Farrelly brothers and helped advance Carrey's.[5] The movie has also spawned an animated TV series, a 2003 prequel, and a sequel planned for a 2014 release.


Working as a limousine driver in Providence, Rhode Island, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) falls in love with Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), whom he drives to the airport. She leaves her briefcase in the terminal and Lloyd, unaware it contains ransom money for her kidnapped husband Bobby, retrieves it and attempts to return it to Mary but is unsuccessful as her Aspen-bound plane has already departed.

Fired from his job, Lloyd meets up with his roommate and friend Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), who also lost his job, at their apartment. The pair are followed by two thugs, Joe "Mental" Mentalino (Mike Starr) and J.P Shay (Karen Duffy), two of Bobby's kidnappers who are in pursuit of the briefcase. Mistaking the crooks for debt collectors, they flee the apartment with the briefcase and return later. Upset over their situation, Lloyd suggests they leave Providence and head to Aspen in pursuit of Mary, hoping that she can "plug [them] into the social pipeline" and return the briefcase. Harry initially refuses but soon agrees to Lloyd's proposal. Mental and Shay learn of the duo's intentions and follow them.

During their cross-country trip, the duo encounter a variety of incidents along the way, especially a number of confrontations with a trucker named Sea Bass (Cam Neely). Posing as a hitchhiker, Mental is picked up by Harry and Lloyd, but during a stop for lunch the duo unintentionally kill Mental with rat poison (which he planned to use on them). Nearing Colorado, Lloyd takes a wrong turn and ends up driving all night in the wrong direction. After waking up and realizing Lloyd's mistake, Harry angrily gives up on the journey and attempts to return home, but Lloyd persuades him to continue their trip after trading their van for a moped.

The duo arrive in Aspen but are unable to locate Mary. After a short scuffle that night, the briefcase comes open and they discover the money. Needing a place to stay, they borrow some of the money for a luxurious hotel room, but also buy new clothes and a Lamborghini Diablo. The duo soon learn that Mary and her family are hosting a gala and prepare to attend. At the dinner gala, Harry, speaking to Mary on Lloyd's behalf, reluctantly gets a 'date' with her and lies to Lloyd that he got him a date. The next day, Lloyd finds out Harry lied to him after waiting all day for Mary.

After incapacitating Harry by putting laxatives in his tea, Lloyd arrives at Mary's house and informs her he has her briefcase. He takes her to the hotel room and shows her the briefcase. Lloyd confesses his love for Mary, but is rejected. Nicholas Andre (Charles Rocket), a confidant of the Swansons and the mastermind behind Bobby's kidnapping, arrives at the hotel with Shay and takes Lloyd and Mary hostage, as well as Harry after he returns to the hotel. Before Nicholas can kill them, an FBI team raids the hotel room and arrests him and Shay. After the incident, Mary and Bobby are reunited.

The film ends with Harry and Lloyd wandering down a desert road. All of the items they bought with the ransom money were confiscated and their moped as broken down. The two unknowingly turn down the chance to be oil boys for a group of Hawaiian Tropic bikini girls, after which Harry ironically tells Lloyd that they will get their "break" one day. They then play a friendly game of tag, closing the film.


  • Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas; a chip-toothed, mischievous loser who works as a limousine driver until he is fired for leaving the scene of a car accident he caused. Like Harry, Lloyd seeks to open up a store specializing in selling "worm farms" (akin to ant farms). Jim Carrey had the cap removed on a real-life chipped tooth in preparation for his character.[6]
  • Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne; Lloyd's best friend. A good-natured dog groomer who has a dog-shaped van, he is fired from his job after feeding dogs junk food on their way to a dog show. He also owned a pet parakeet named Petey until he was killed by Mental, which Harry didn't realise and just thought his head had "fallen off" from old age.
  • Lauren Holly as Mary Swanson, a wealthy heiress whose husband, Bobby, has been kidnapped. Unaware she is married, both Harry and Lloyd are romantically attracted to her and view her as someone who can elevate their status in society.
  • Charles Rocket as Nicholas Andre; a greedy, wealthy resident of Aspen, Colorado and the mastermind behind Bobby's kidnapping. He enjoys fine living and is a longtime confidant of the equally wealthy family of Aspen, the Swansons.
  • Mike Starr as Joe "Mental/Gas-Man" Mentalino, a criminal who works as a henchman for Nicholas Andre. He suffers from a stomach ulcer and regularly takes a medication for it.
  • Karen Duffy as J.P. Shay, Mental's female accomplice.
  • Victoria Rowell as Beth Jordan (credited as "Athletic Beauty"), an FBI agent masquerading as a talkative young woman who is moving to Aspen to get away from her boyfriend.
  • Cam Neely as Sea Bass, a trucker who gets into frequent confrontations with Lloyd and Harry on their way to Aspen.
  • Joe Baker as Barnard
  • Brad Lockerman as Bobby Swanson, Mary's husband who is kidnapped for a ransom from the Swansons.
  • Lin Shaye as Mrs. Neugeboren
  • Teri Garr as Helen Swanson
  • Hank Brandt as Karl Swanson
  • Harland Williams as Pennsylvania State Trooper
  • Brady Bluhm as Billy in (Apartment) 4C, the Blind Kid
  • Rob Moran as Bartender
  • Lisa Stothard as Austrian Bus Stop Beauty
  • Connie Sawyer as Elderly Woman
  • Fred Stoller as Anxious Man at Phone



Jim Carrey, based on the box-office success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), received a salary of $7 million for this film.[7]

Steve Martin and Martin Short both turned down the role of Lloyd.[8]


Scenes taking place in Aspen were filmed in Breckenridge, Colorado and Park City, Utah. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was transformed into the "Danbury Hotel" for the filming of the movie. The "Danbury Hotel" bar scene and staircase shot were the shots filmed there. The scenes filmed in the snow were shot at Copper Mountain Resort.[citation needed]

Some of the external street scenes were filmed in Salt Lake City.[citation needed]

Some scenes from the beginning of the film were also shot on location in the Providence, Rhode Island metropolitan area, including shots of the skyline, The Big Blue Bug, and scenes from the beginning of their road trip were shot in locations in Cumberland.[citation needed]


Dumb and Dumber:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists
Released November 22, 1994
Genre Soundtrack
Length 46:51
Label RCA
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Dumb and Dumber: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the original soundtrack to the film; the soundtrack was released by RCA Records on November 22, 1994.[9]

  1. "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" by Crash Test Dummies (featuring Ellen Reid)
  2. "New Age Girl" by Deadeye Dick
  3. "Insomniac" by Echobelly
  4. "If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)" by Pete Droge
  5. "Crash (The '95 Mix)" by The Primitives
  6. "Whiney, Whiney (What Really Drives Me Crazy)" by Willi One Blood
  7. "Where I Find My Heaven" by Gigolo Aunts
  8. "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Butthole Surfers
  9. "Too Much of a Good Thing" by The Sons featuring Bret Reilly
  10. "The Bear Song" by Green Jellÿ
  11. "Take" by The Lupins
  12. "You Sexy Thing" by Deee-Lite
  13. "Get Ready" by The Proclaimers

The song "The Rain, The Park & Other Things" by The Cowsills was not on the soundtrack, although it was played quite prominently in the montage of Lloyd fantasizing about Mary, nor was "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, though it was featured prominently in the make-over montage.

Also missing are "Rollin' Down the Hill" by The Rembrandts, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by the Crash Test Dummies, "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Can We Still Be Friends" by Todd Rundgren (who also wrote the original soundtrack), "Boom Shack-A-Lak" by Apache Indian and "Make Love Now" by Patrick Wilson.

The song "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac was featured in the edited-for-television version of the film.


Critical responseEdit

Dumb and Dumber received mixed reviews from critics. The film currently garners an overall 64% "fresh" approval rating on the Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.[10] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, it has a score of 39% based on reviews from 13 critics, indicating a range of acceptable reviews.[11]

While Roger Ebert gave the film only two of four stars (despite praise for Carrey's performance, dubbing him a "true original", and the dead parakeet joke),[12] most reviews were positive. Stephen Holden of The New York Times called Jim Carrey "the new Jerry Lewis,"[13] and Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle called it "riotous", "rib-splitting", and gave the film praise for being both a crude and slapstick comedy and a "smart comedy" at the same time.[14] Carrey was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst New Star".[citation needed]

The movie has since acquired the status of a cult classic.[15]


Although the film did not win any major American film awards, it was successful at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards. Carrey won for Best Comic Performance, Carrey and Lauren Holly (a couple who would later endure a short-lived marriage) won for Best Kiss, and Carrey and Daniels were nominated for Best On-Screen Duo.

In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Dumb and Dumber the 5th greatest comedy film of all time.[citation needed] The film ranks 445th on Empire Magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[16]

Box officeEdit

The film was successful at the box office, grossing $127,175,374 in the United States, and $247,275,374 worldwide, and topping the holiday season film gross.[17]


Animated seriesEdit

Main article: Dumb and Dumber (TV series)
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In 1995, a Hanna-Barbera-produced animated series aired on ABC, as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup; Matt Frewer provided the voice of Lloyd, while Bill Fagerbakke voiced Harry. In the cartoon, Harry and Lloyd have reacquired their van now named "Otto". The cartoon also features a new character, Kitty, a female pet purple beaver who appears to be smarter than both men. The animated series was written by Bennett Yellin, co-writer of the film.[citation needed]


In 2003, a prequel was released to theaters, entitled Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. The prequel featured a different cast and crew than the previous film, and the Farrelly brothers had no involvement in the film's production. It was heavily panned by critics, receiving a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was only a moderate success, grossing approximately $39.2 million worldwide against a $19 million budget, as opposed to the original film's far greater $247 million worldwide gross against a $17 million budget.


On October 26, 2011, the Farrelly brothers confirmed that they would make a sequel to Dumb and Dumber.[18] In April 2012, it was announced that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels had been signed to the sequel.[19][20] It was also confirmed that the sequel's title will be Dumb and Dumber To [sic]. Part of the plot will reportedly involve one of the characters having fathered a child and needing to find the child in order to obtain a kidney. On October 1, 2012, it was reported that the script is complete and that the original actors, Carrey and Daniels, will in fact be reprising their roles, despite initial setbacks where Carrey temporarily withdrew his involvement with the project due to concerns that Warner Bros. had shown little enthusiasm for the sequel.[21][22]

On January 15, 2013, it was reported that Peter Farrelly explained, "It’s going well. We have a great script and now we are just trying to get it made. I love the script. It’s exactly like the first one. We pick up 20 years later. We explain what they’ve done for the last 17 or 18 years. We take off from that and it’s just a lot of laughs. It’s at Warner Bros., and right now it’s being financed outside the studio, but it will be released by Warner Bros. And that’s all being worked out right now. If you liked Dumb and Dumber, you’ll like this because it’s the same and more. It’s really fun. It's being made through Warner Bros. but now we have several financiers that are negotiating with the studio and trying to make the best deal. Whichever one does will make the movie. It’s going to be made through Warner Bros. and released by Warner Bros. but financed by an outside financer."[23]

On April 18, 2013, the Farrellys used their Twitter page to announce that Australian band Empire of the Sun will compose the score for the film.[24]

On June 10, 2013, it was announced that Warner Bros. has decided not to move forward with the sequel but has allowed the film to be given to other studios.[25] The following week, it was announced that an independent company, Red Granite, will finance the sequel with a $35 million budget. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.[26]

On June 18, 2013, Peter Farrelly announced on The Nerdist Podcast that the sequel has been confirmed.[27]

On July 9, 2013, while on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Daniels confirmed the involvement of Jim Carrey, and stated that shooting will start in September 2013 for a 2014 release (marking the 20th anniversary of the first film's release).[28]

On August 30th, 2013, it was announced by Variety that Kathleen Turner will have a role in the film and will be playing as Fraida Felcher.[29][30]

On August 31st, 2013, it was announced that Brady Bluhm will reprise his role as Billy in 4C role for the sequel.[31]

See alsoEdit

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  3. Dumb and Dumber at Box Office Mojo
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  5. "Jim Carrey Biography". Bio. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  7. Cameron-Wilson, James; Speed, F. Maurice (1994). Film Review 1994-5. Great Britain: Virgin Books. p. 146. ISBN 0-86369-842-5Script error 
  8. "Trivia for Dumb and Dumber". IMDb. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  9. Playlist as listed on the Compact Disc - retrieved on 8/12/13
  10. "Dumb and Dumber". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  11. "Critic Reviews for Dumb & Dumber at Metacritic". Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  12. "Dumb And Dumber". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  13. Holden, Stephen (December 16, 1994). "FILM REVIEW; Traveling on Half a Tank". The New York Times.  [dead link]
  14. "FILM REVIEW -- 'Dumb and Dumber' a Smart Comedy With Lowbrow Laughs". San Francisco Chronicle. June 23, 1995. 
  16. "Empire Features". Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  17. Weinraub, Bernard (January 3, 1995). "'Dumb and Dumber' Tops Holiday Film Grosses". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  18. Fleming, Mike (October 26, 2011). "Peter And Bobby Farrelly Plan More ‘Dumb And Dumber’ For Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels". Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  19. Lesnick, Silas (April 1, 2012). "Exclusive: Dumb and Dumber 2 Begins Production This September". Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  20. Barubto, Dana, "Peter Farrelly announces ‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel", The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Massachusetts, April 3, 2012
  21. "The Yo Show - Yahoo! omg!". Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  22. Heyman, Jessie. "'Dumb And Dumber 2': Jim Carrey Bows Out". Moviefone. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  23. "‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Will Be ‘The Same And More,’ Says Director". Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
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