5 Reasons Why Dumb & Dumber is the Best Comedy Film
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Throughout the ’90s, there was perhaps no bigger star than Jim Carrey. Fresh off his run on In Living Color, Carrey was one of those cherished ‘name-actors’ that could sell a movie just based on his name being attached to it. In just that decade alone, Carrey released hit films like The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and more. Despite his multitude of hits, there was, arguably, no bigger movie than Dumb and Dumber. The film came out in 1994 and it starred Carrey and Jeff Daniels, as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunn, respectively. The plot was a fairly simple one but Dumb and Dumber ended up being one of Jim Carrey’s most well-regarded and most-known films.
5) It Stars Jim Carrey, Duh
There was, arguably, no bigger star in the mid-’90s that Jim Carrey. He starred in a number of movies. His biggest, and possibly best role, however, was that of Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber. D&D (not that one, nerds) was the perfect outlet for Carrey’s brand of humor. He was able to be loud, bombastic and physically…rubbery. Dumb and Dumber gave Carrey the chance to become a star and that’s exactly what he did.
4) It’s Extremely Quotable
“You can’t Triple Stamp a Double Stamp, Lloyd.”
“Radio? Who needs the radio?”
“You are one pathetic loser.”
“Soooo, you’re telling me there’s a chance?”
“I like it a lot.”
“I’m talking about a place where the beer flows like wine, where the women flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.”
“I desperately want to make love to a schoolboy.”
Need we go on?
3) It’s Just Relatable Enough
Let’s get this straight — most of the things that happen to Harry and Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber probably wouldn’t happen to “real” people. Most people wouldn’t accidentally kill a man who, ironically, was sent to kill them. Similarly, most people wouldn’t be able to run off of a plan tarmac and survive. But people would, in many cases, recruit their best friend to help them win over the girl of their dreams. They would also go on cross-country road trips when everything else in their life was falling apart. Lots of best friends have huge, monumental arguments, only to forgive each other an hour later. All of those things happened in Dumb and Dumber. They’re iconic characters because they’re just relatable enough for audiences to solidly get behind them.
2) It’s Not Cliché
In any other movie, Lloyd Christmas would have traveled across the country to find Mary, he would have given her the lost briefcase and, despite Lloyd’s eccentricities, they would have fallen in love and lived happily-ever-after. Harry would have been the fun uncle to their kids and everybody would get to have a happy ending. In reality (or, um, the movie’s reality?), Lloyd finally meets up with Mary, only to find out that she was already married. The end of the film ends exactly how it began — with Lloyd and Harry comforting each other and realizing they only needed each other. Which leads us to…
1) It Has a Surprising Amount of Heart
Make no mistake, Dumb and Dumber is a love story. Despite the premise of the film, however (a man meeting a woman, falling desperately in love with her and traveling across the country in an attempt to ‘woo’ her), this is not a love story between Lloyd Christmas and Mary Samsonite. No, this is a love story between Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunn. There is no greater love than that between two friends, and there is no better love story than the one told in Dumb and Dumber. It’s a story of two friends who would go anywhere and do anything for each other.
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