We all have that one movie that defines our childhood and solidifies the epicenter of your humor. For me, that movie is Dumb and Dumber, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. This film is written, directed, and produced by the Farrelly brothers and starring my OG crush Jim Carrey and the brilliant Jeff Daniels. I saw the movie when I was 7 years old, which is probably WAY too young for the content in the film, but trust me, most of the PG-13 and R-rated bits went right over my head.
Growing up, my family’s vernacular heavily consisted of quotes from the movie including “Harry, I took care of it.” and “You are one pathetic loser.” and “We got no jobs, we got no food…our pets HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!” and “I like it A LOT.” and “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…YES!” and “I hate goodbyes!” and “Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?” and “That’s a lovely accent…New Jersey?” There were always bonus points if you could do the right inflection and Jim Carrey facial expression to go along with the words.
The plot of the movie tells “the story of Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Daniels), two dumb but well-meaning friends from Providence, Rhode Island, who set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado, to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, thinking it was abandoned as a mistake but was actually left as ransom money.”1
As silly as the plot and characters get, the biggest draw of the movie is the relationship and comedic timing of Daniels and Carrey. Even though the two of them are utter buffoons in the movie, you can’t help but to root for them to end up happy.
In an interview earlier this year, Jeff Daniels said that the biggest reason he wanted the role in the film was to play alongside Jim Carrey. “Look who I get to react to. Jim is a comedic genius… There were comedians that wanted it, but he wanted an actor that would make him listen because he knew it was ping-pong, it was back and forth,” Daniels explained. “So I just let him lead, and [Daniels’ character] Harry Dunne was like on a half-second delay to whatever [Carrey’s character] Lloyd would do.”2
There’s something sacred about having a movie hold up the foundation of your comedic heart. I love that my family watches Dumb & Dumber together like some people flip through old photo albums. We still crack up at our favorite parts even though we know every scene verbatim. We say the dialogue a split second before it’s uttered, catching each other’s eyes and grinning like we’re in on the best kind of secret. And maybe we are.
Happy 25th Anniversary to one of my all-time favorite and most quoted movie, Dumb and Dumber!
You can find Dumb and Dumber in our Library collection here.