Dumb and Dumber

This article is about the film. For the animated series based on the film, see Dumb and Dumber (TV series).
Dumb and Dumber

Theatrical release poster, parodying Forrest Gump
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
  • Peter Farrelly
  • Bennett Yellin
  • Bobby Farrelly
Music by Todd Rundgren
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Christopher Greenbury
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • December 16, 1994 (1994-12-16)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million[1]
Box office $247 million[2]

Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly brothers' directorial debut. The film tells the story of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two unintelligent 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, only to be pursued by a group of criminals who are after the briefcase.

The film was released on December 16, 1994. It grossed $247 million at the box office and has developed a cult following in the years since its release.[2][3] The success of Dumb and Dumber launched the career of the Farrelly brothers and solidified Carrey's.[4] The film also spawned an animated TV series, a 2003 prequel, and a 2014 sequel.


Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), two unintelligent men, are best friends and roommates living in Providence, Rhode Island who struggle at every aspect of life. Lloyd, a limousine driver, immediately falls in love when he meets Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), a woman he is driving to the airport. She intentionally leaves a briefcase in the terminal; Lloyd, unaware that it contains ransom money for her kidnapped husband, Bobby, retrieves it and tries to return it to her, but her Aspen-bound plane has already departed, leading to Lloyd running through and falling out of the jetway.

Fired from his job, Lloyd returns to his apartment and learns that Harry has also been fired as a dog groomer after delivering dogs late to a show and accidentally getting them dirty. Bobby's kidnappers, Joe "Mental" Mentalino (Mike Starr) and J.P. Shay (Karen Duffy), follow Lloyd home from the airport in pursuit of the briefcase. Mistaking the crooks for debt collectors, the duo flee the apartment and return later to find that Mental and Shay have decapitated Harry's parakeet. Upset about their situation, Lloyd suggests they head to Aspen to find Mary and return the briefcase, hoping she can "plug them into the social pipeline." At first Harry opposes the idea, but eventually agrees and the duo leave the next day. Mental and Shay learn about their plans and follow them.

Mental and Shay catch up to the duo at a motel that night. Posing as a hitchhiker, Mental is picked up by Harry and Lloyd the next day only to be driven crazy by their childish antics, while Shay secretly follows them. During a lunch stop, the duo prank Mental with chili peppers in his burger and then accidentally kill him with rat poison pills (which he planned to use on them) after mistaking it for his medication. Nearing Colorado, Lloyd takes a wrong turn and ends up driving all night through Nebraska. Upon waking up and realizing Lloyd's mishap, Harry gives up on the journey and decides to walk home, but Lloyd later persuades him to continue after trading the van for a minibike.

The two arrive in Aspen but are unable to locate Mary. After a short scuffle over some gloves that night, the briefcase breaks open and they discover the money, and "borrow" it for a hotel suite, clothes and a Lamborghini Diablo. They learn that Mary and her family are hosting a gala and prepare to attend. At the gala, Harry, attempting to lure Mary over to Lloyd, reluctantly agrees to go skiing with her the next day 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 at the hotel bar.

In retaliation, Lloyd pranks Harry with tea spiked with laxatives, leading to him to defecate in a broken toilet at Mary's house. Lloyd then arrives at Mary's house and informs her he has her briefcase. He takes her to the hotel and shows her the briefcase and confesses his love after some initial struggle, but is rejected. Nicholas Andre, an old friend of the Swansons and the mastermind behind Bobby's kidnapping, arrives with Shay and, upon learning most of the ransom money has been spent by Harry and Lloyd and replaced with IOUs, takes Lloyd and Mary hostage, as well as Harry when he returns. Before Nicholas can kill them, an FBI team raids the suite and arrests him and Shay. After the incident, Mary and Bobby are reunited, much to Lloyd's jealousy, in which he fantasizes of shooting him dead when he realizes he came all this way for nothing.

The next day, Harry and Lloyd begin walking home. All of the items they bought were confiscated and their moped has broken down. The two unknowingly decline the chance to be oil boys for a group of bikini girls, after which Harry ironically tells Lloyd that they will get their "break" one day. Harry and Lloyd then play a friendly game of tag as they continue to walk back home.


  • Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas; a chip-toothed, deranged slacker who has been fired from several jobs; his latest being a limo driver.
  • Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne; Lloyd's best friend and roommate. Though still being a dim-witted loser, Harry is slightly more intelligent than Lloyd.
  • Lauren Holly as Mary Swanson, a wealthy heiress whose husband, Bobby, has been kidnapped and whom Lloyd falls in love with, unaware that she is already married.
  • Karen Duffy as J.P. Shay, Mental's female accomplice.
  • Mike Starr as Joe "Mental" Mentalino, a criminal who works as a henchman for Nicholas Andre. He suffers from a stomach ulcer and regularly takes medication for it.
  • Charles Rocket as Nicholas Andre; a greedy, wealthy resident of Aspen, Colorado and the mastermind behind Bobby's kidnapping.
  • Teri Garr as Helen Swanson, Mary's stepmother.
  • 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 Harry and Lloyd on their way to Aspen. Their first encounter was at a Pennsylvania diner.
  • Joe Baker as Barnard
  • Brad Lockerman as Bobby Swanson, Mary's kidnapped husband
  • Lin Shaye as Mrs. Neugeboren
  • Hank Brandt as Karl Swanson, Mary's father
  • Felton Perry as Detective Dale
  • Brady Bluhm as Billy, a blind and wheelchair-bound young boy, whom Lloyd sold some of his and Harry's belongings, including Harry's decapitated parrot. It appears on the news when Harry and Lloyd arrive in Aspen.


Jim Carrey, based on the box-office success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), received a salary of $7 million for this film.[5]

Jeff Daniels was only paid around $50,000. New Line Cinema originally didn't want Daniels in the film, as he was known only for his dramatic work at the time. The Farrelly brothers fought to have him cast and won out, but the studio offered Daniels the low salary hoping he would turn down the film. Daniels ultimately accepted the role.[6]

Steve Martin and Martin Short both turned down the role of Lloyd.[7] According to Splitsider, Nicolas Cage and Gary Oldman were the original choices for Harry and Lloyd.[8] Chris Elliott and Rob Lowe were both considered for the role of Harry.[8]

Jim Carrey's chipped tooth is genuine, resulting from a tussle with a schoolfellow in his boyhood, but he had since had it capped. He simply had the crown temporarily removed from that tooth to portray Lloyd.[9]


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, Colorado.[10]

The truck stop shots, salt shaker C-Bass diner scene, leg on fire at the gas pump, restroom assault scene,and two-lane country road scenes were filmed in and around Fort Morgan, CO with a number of locals filling the extra roles.

Some of the external street scenes were filmed in Salt Lake City, and the airport scene was filmed at Salt Lake City International Airport.[11]

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.[12]


Dumb and Dumber:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released November 22, 1994
Genre Soundtrack
Length 46:51
Label RCA
Singles from Dumb and Dumber: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "New Age Girl"
    Released: June 6, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic Dumb and Dumber at AllMusic. Retrieved 9-28-2014.

Dumb and Dumber: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the original soundtrack to the film, and was released by RCA Records on November 22, 1994.[13]

No. TitleArtist Length
1. "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (featuring Ellen Reid)Crash Test Dummies 3:46
2. "New Age Girl"  Deadeye Dick 3:28
3. "Insomniac"  Echobelly 4:15
4. "If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)"  Pete Droge 3:33
5. "Crash (The '95 Mix)"  The Primitives 3:14
6. "Whiney, Whiney (What Really Drives Me Crazy)"  Willi One Blood 3:36
7. "Where I Find My Heaven"  Gigolo Aunts 3:25
8. "Hurdy Gurdy Man"  Butthole Surfers 3:57
9. "Too Much of a Good Thing" (featuring Bret Reilly)The Sons 5:15
10. "The Bear Song"  Green Jellÿ 2:41
11. "Take"  The Lupins 3:01
12. "You Sexy Thing"  Deee-Lite 4:07
13. "Get Ready"  The Proclaimers 3:02


Love Theme by Todd Rundgren, the track played during one of the earliest scenes when Lloyd Christmas falls in love for the first time with Mary Swanson, was omitted from the official release. 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 "Can We Still Be Friends" by Todd Rundgren (who also wrote the original soundtrack), "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, "Boom Shack-A-Lak" by Apache Indian, and "Make Love Now" by Patrick Wilson. "2 Ft. 0 Butt Crack" by Bruce Greenwood was also omitted from the soundtrack and was erroneously credited to the band Circle the Wagon in the film's credits.[14]


Critical response

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 66% of 50 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 5.9/10. The site's consensus reads: "A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors: Jim Carrey goes bonkers and Jeff Daniels carries himself admirably in an against-type performance."[15] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, it has a score of 41 based on reviews from 14 critics, which indicates mixed or average reviews.[16]

Roger Ebert gave the film two of four stars (despite praise for the performances of Carrey and Daniels, dubbing the former a "true original", and the dead parakeet joke).[17] Stephen Holden of The New York Times called Carrey "the new Jerry Lewis",[18] 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.[19] Carrey was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst New Star".[20]

It has since become a cult film.[3]


Although the film did not secure any major American film awards, it was successful at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards. Carrey won for Best Comic Performance, Carrey and 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 fifth greatest comedy film of all time. The film ranks 445th on Empire Magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[21]

Box office

The film opened at No. 1 in its opening weekend earning $16.4 million.[22] It went on to gross $127,175,374 in the United States, and $247,275,374 worldwide, and topping the holiday season film gross.[23]


Animated series

Title card for the cartoon

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. The show was short-lived and was shelved after one season.


In 2003, a prequel was theatrically released, entitled Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. The film featured a cast and crew different from 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. It grossed 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.[24][25]


Main article: Dumb and Dumber To

In October 2011, the Farrelly brothers confirmed that they would make a sequel to Dumb and Dumber.[26] The sequel, titled Dumb and Dumber To, was shot in the fall of 2013. Carrey and Daniels have returned to lead the film, and Bobby and Peter Farrelly returned to direct along with original screenwriter Bennett Yellin, and actors reprising their roles from the first film include Brady Bluhm, who played Billy in (Apartment) 4C, and Cam Neely, who played Sea Bass. Dumb and Dumber To was released on November 14, 2014.[27]

Unlike the original film, Dumb and Dumber To was not released by Warner Bros. but rather by Universal Pictures.[28] Despite Warner having no involvement in the film, its New Line Cinema division, which produced the first film and the prequel, was still given studio credit from Universal.[29][30]


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