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Dumb And Dumber (DVD)
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Dumb And Dumber (DVD)
Advantages: Hilarious but not over the top
Every now and then, a comedy comes along that stands above the rest, making you laugh out loud not just because it's funny, but because you didn't see it coming. Dumb and Dumber is one such comedy, featuring the over the top comedy of Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas, a job hopper with no future whose dumbness is matched only by that of his best friend Harry Dunn (played by the deadpan genius of Jeff Daniels), who runs his own dog grooming company called the Mutt's Nuts.
It's a recipe for disaster to be honest, and the main central plot is even sillier. Mary Swanson is rich, and her husband has been kidnapped for a ransom amount. When Lloyd gets the job of chauffeuring Mary and falls for her, he mistakes her dropping off the ransom money at an airport for her forgetting to pick it up. Thus ensues a comedy of errors as Lloyd and Harry drive across the country to Aspen to deliver the suitcase, pursued by the kidnappers who are trying to collect the money.
The beauty of this is that the two of them are so dumb that they miss things that are right before their eyes, yet they're so endearing. Carrey delivers the gormless Lloyd's lines with distinct skill and timing, something that has stayed with him throughout his career. I think this is one of his best performances, as he doesn't overact as much as other films but still fills the role perfectly.
Daniels on the other hand almost seems out of his depth, which comes across perfectly as the ignorant Harry who is shy with the ladies and clueless with everything else. In fact, there is nothing complicated in the slightest about the film's plot, and watching it is so effortless that if you think about it a lot of effort must have gone into the film in order to make it seem so.
Looking between the lines, it's a whole string of comedy sequences that must form a clever chart in order for it to work. Everything has to play off of the previous gag, working pretty much like a Gantt chart would. If one thing isn't present, the rest can't really be included. This shows an amount of skill here that is rarely seen in comedy films, the more modern genre of Frat Pack comedies seeking to shock with over the top rudeness rather than the subtle tongue in cheek style of the 80s and 90s that spawned films such as this and Spaceballs , and while the latter is not quite in the same league as Dumb and Dumber, it's still one of those seemingly effortless stupid films that you can't help enjoying.
The main enjoyable thing about the film is that it's actually an enjoyable plot too. The bumbling pair get embroiled in the plot so deeply that the comedy elements slip right into it, both sides of the film flowing with ease and building up to an entertaining conclusion that resists the urge to plunge over the top and get boring. The short and snappy comedy remains throughout, with stereotypical performances from all involved, looking at rednecks, truckers, Italian American kidnappers, an undercover cop, rich folk round the fireplace at Christmas, and Lloyd and Harry looking and acting as dumb as they sound.
Overall, this is a hilarious comedy that even allows for an excellent soundtrack, the Farrelly brothers choosing to expand their abilities away from the comedy direction and production and actually choosing some apt and powerful tunes to go with this silly couple of hours of fun. highly recommended from start to finish.
Summary: Fantastic comedy from the Farrelly brothers with Carrey and Daniels on top form