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Film: Dumb and Dumber

Harry Dunne: Hey, Lloyd.
Lloyd Christmas: Hey, Harry
Harry: So, how was your day?
Lloyd: Not bad. Fell off the jet way again.

Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, directed by the Farrelly Brothers. Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) is a friendly, though somewhat sadistic and more than somewhat dimwitted, limo driver who lives with his Heterosexual Life Partner, Harry Dunne (Daniels), a friendly, less sadistic than Lloyd, though still dimwitted dog groomer, in their Rhode Island apartment.

Lloyd's life is turned around when he falls in love with Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), a rich female client who leaves her briefcase at the airport. Lloyd talks Harry into going on a road trip to Colorado to return it. Thus, they hit the road in Harry's dog shaped, dog grooming van, unaware of what the briefcase is actually full of: ransom money, which means that Lloyd and Harry are being trailed by two hitmen, along with anybody else they piss off along the way.

Gained a short-lived animated series in 1995 and a Prequel in 2003, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd which details the meeting between the two during their high school years.

In 2012, it was announced a sequel would be filmed with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returning along with the original directors, but the project stalled multiple times and was passed up by Warner Bros. (who owns New Line Cinema, who produced the original) in June 2013. The next week, however, Universal picked up the project, Dumb and Dumber To, and is currently in production for a November 2014 release, which would coincide with the 20th anniversary release of the original film.

Please list tropes for the sequel here.


This film provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: The prequel, which recycles several of the original film's gags, has Harry and Lloyd vow to never let a woman come between them again.
  • And Show It to You: In an Imagine Spot, Lloyd gets into a fight with a waiter in a fancy restaurant, wherein he plunges his fist into the waiter's chest, pulls out his still-beating heart, dumps it into a literal doggie bag, and hands it to him. He's alive until he hits the ground.
  • Animated Adaptation: The Hanna-Barbera-produced Dumb and Dumber cartoon in 1995, which featured a female beaver named Kitty as the Straight Animal to Lloyd and Harry.
  • Anti-Hero: Both Lloyd and Harry count as Type I's
  • Answer Cut: When Mary is watching "A Current Affair", where a report about a blind boy who was duped into buying a dead parakeet, Mary ask "Who are these sick people?". Followed by Mary answering the door to Lloyd.
  • Attempted Rape / Near-Rape Experience: Sea Bass attempts it on Lloyd.
  • Bad Omen Anecdote: Lloyd tricks Sea Bass and his friends into picking up Lloyd and Harry's tab at a restaurant. They rush off in their van before Sea Bass can catch them. While on the road:
    Harry: That was great! Did you come up with that yourself?
    Lloyd: No, I saw it in a movie once.
    Harry: Let me guess, they get away scot free?
    Lloyd: No! Even better, they catch up with the guy a few miles down the road and slit his throat. It was good...
  • Bathroom Stall Graffiti: For manly love, be here March 25th at 2:15am SHARP
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    We've got no food, we've got no jobs, our pets' heads are falling off!
  • Beat Still, My Heart / And Show It to You: During his dream sequence, Lloyd rips the Kung-fu Chef's heart out of his chest and shows it to him (before putting it in a doggy bag and giving it back).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Harry has two of these moments: in the gas station bathroom where he foils Sea Bass' Attempted Rape of Lloyd and again in the hotel near the end when he's accompanied by the FBI.
    • Although the first was unintentional.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Harry and Lloyd are alone, being forced to walk home as their motorcycle broke, but happy about it. Even after their idiocy prevents them from getting a ride... in a bus full of supermodels who need someone to oil them!
  • Book Ends: Lloyd grabbing Harry by the head and saying "Do you realize what you've done?!"
  • Briefcase Full of Money: It drives the plot.
  • Brick Joke: The woman that Harry offends at the gas station shows up later in the film and reveals herself to be a FBI agent.
    • The blind kid Lloyd sold the dead bird to appeared in tears in a news report on TV much later in the film.
      Mary: "Who are these sick people?"
    • In one of the alternate endings, the blind kid-dead parakeet joke would have been taken even further: in this ending it turns out that the blind kid is the nephew of Lloyd and Harry's butler at the hotel in Aspen and Lloyd and Harry were asked to babysit him.
  • Bullet Proof Vest: When Harry is shot by Nicholas, it's revealed he's wearing one of these. Lampshaded by Lloyd when he asks, "But what if he shot you in the face?"
  • Butt Monkey: Oh so many. Mental, Sea Bass, the blind kid, and Harry and Lloyd themselves.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Considering the nearly unanimous negative reception and that the Farrelly Brothers weren't involved in the production in any way, the sequel is likely to do this to the prequel.
  • Captain Obvious:
    Harry: Skis, huh?
    Woman: That's right.
    Harry: They yours?
    Woman: ...Uh-huh.
    Harry: Both of 'em?
    Woman: ...Yeah.
  • Check Please: Lloyd says this after (accidentally) killing Mental with rat poison, mistaking it for his ulcer medication.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: See Brick Joke.
  • Cock Fight: Happened twice to Harry and Lloyd throughout their friendship, once a long time ago with Fraida Felcher and now with Mary.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: A few times. For instance, the duo accidentally kill a man for comedy's sake, and after a laxative-spiked Harry unloads all he has, the scene goes from Toilet Humor to this once Mary reveals the toilet is broken.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lloyd is with Mary, who he's infatuated with, and asks:
    Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me [sic]... ending up together?
    Mary: Well, Lloyd, that's difficult to say. I mean, we don't really...
    Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
    Mary: Not good.
    Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
    Mary: I'd say more like... one out of a million.
    Lloyd: So you're telling me there's a chance? YEAH!
    • As Lloyd and Harry are on the road out of Colorado on foot, a bus pulls up filled with hot bikini girls and... Look, just read the exchange:
      Bikini girl: Hey, guys. We're going on a national bikini tour and we're looking for two oil boys who can grease us up before each competition.
      Harry: You're in luck... There's a town about three miles that way. I'm sure you'll find a couple guys there.
      Bikini girl: (weirded out) Okay... Thanks.
      (the bus starts leaving)
      Lloyd: (upset at Harry) Do you realize what you've done?! (starts running after the bus) Hey! Wait!
      (the bus stops as they get to the door)
      Lloyd: Y-you'll have to excuse my friend. He's a little slow... The town is back that way! (points at the opposite direction Harry pointed to earlier on)
  • Colorado Doubling For Itself:
    • Harry and Lloyd are supposed to be in Aspen, Colorado in the second half of the movie. Except the town they are in is actually Breckenridge. You can tell because Breckenridge has one main street where shops and restaurants are located with cross streets descending the hills on the east and west sides of the valley feeding into the main drag. Aspen is a town spread out across many blocks with rather busy traffic. Although both have ski resorts on one side of the town.
    • In the scene where Harry and Lloyd are on the bed in the presidential suite, crying and blowing their noses with money, they are watching a commercial for Pacific Bell. If they are in a hotel in Aspen, CO there is no way they would have seen that commercial on a hotel TV when the ad is clearly for a company that serves the west coast. (U S WEST, now CenturyLink, was the Baby Bell in Colorado.)
    • The skiing scenes were clearly shot at Copper Mountain, not at an Aspen ski area. You can tell because the lift operators obviously wear Copper Mountain uniforms, not Aspen uniforms. Copper Mountain is over two hours drive from Aspen.
  • Cool Car: The Shaggin' Wagon. They even have it back in the cartoon.
  • Corpsing: During the "Most Annoying Sound" scene (which was ad-libbed by Jim Carrey), it's obvious that Mental is trying very hard not to laugh.
    • Before the camera cuts to a close-up of Mike Starr (Mental), you can see Jeff Daniels start to laugh when the noise starts.
    • The waitress in the restaurant where Lloyd is trying to revive a dying Mental was doing a bad job of not breaking into laughter.
  • Credits Gag: The opining kreditz r deliburutly misspeld az part uf thuh moovy's moteef.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Not only does Mary have a husband, Harry and Lloyd stupidly turn down the job opportunity of a lifetime that involves rubbing oil all over supermodels.
  • Diner Brawl: Averted. Sea Bass just spits in Harry's burger, and then gets conned.
  • Disney Death: Harry appears to have been shot dead by the Big Bad near the end, but it turns out he was wearing a Bullet Proof Vest.
  • The Ditz: Lloyd and Harry personify this trope.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Seabass attempts this on Lloyd.
  • The Dragon: Mental is this to Nicholas.
    • Shay is this to Mental.
  • Dumb Blonde: Harry.
  • Dying Declaration Of Hate: The duo accidentally poisons a hitman chasing them, and he dies screaming "You... son of a bitch!" And Harry gets sad for being at the receiving end.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "You don't kill people you don't know. That's a rule!"
    • That line can also be interpreted as Pragmatic Villainy, Mental wants to make sure they don't bite off more than they can chew by killing someone with mob connections.
  • Evil Laugh: Lloyd's sadistic laugh after exacting revenge on Harry.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some people have found that, rather than being funny, the movie is just...dumb.
  • Extreme Doormat: Harry. Throughout the movie, he comes off as a little smarter and more sensible than Lloyd but for the most part goes along with everything Lloyd does partly because he's just very passive.
  • Fanservice: Mary during Lloyd's dream sequence.
  • Feud Episode: Lloyd and Harry briefly got into an argument while tied up with Mary by the villain. Lloyd accuses Harry of stealing Mary, while Harry revealed he knew all along that Lloyd was the other guy Fraida was seeing.
  • The Fool: Both Harry and Lloyd.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Several times, but the worst is one most won't catch. The surname of Fraida Felcher refers to a really disgusting sex act that even IMDB's trivia section explicitly says it won't reveal there. Seriously, don't look it up. Serious Brain Bleach will be needed.
  • Greasy Spoon
  • Groin Attack: Lloyd's dream sequence includes an extremely exaggerated one.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Harry and Lloyd.
  • Hilarity Ensues
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mental dies after accidentally taking rat poison pills that he intended to spike Harry and Lloyd's drinks with.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Can't be too careful, lots of bad drivers out there."
  • Iconic Outfit: The paired blue and orange tuxedos.
  • I Drank What?: The scene where a cop pulls Lloyd and Harry over. He asks for them to give him their "beer", which is actually Lloyd's urine. He drinks it, much to his displeasure after doing so.
  • I'll Kill You!: When a freezing Harry sees that Lloyd brought extra gloves with him and never told him.
    Harry: I'm gonna kill you.
    Lloyd: What?
    Harry: I'm gonna KILL YOU! I'm gonna kill you, Lloyd! Right now, I'm going to kill you!
  • Imagine Spot: Lloyd has two: one while driving, which causes him to almost crash, and one at the end in a faux-Twist Ending, wherein he blows away Mary's husband.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: "Harry! You're alive! And you're a horrible shot!"
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: Near the end when Lloyd imagines killing Mary's husband.
  • I Like Those Odds. Qualifies as sort of a Heartwarming Moment.
    Lloyd: I want to ask you a question... straight out, flat out... and I want you to give me an honest answer. What do you think the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?
    Mary: Well Lloyd... that's difficult to say... you really don't...
    Lloyd: Hit me! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
    Mary: Not good.
    Lloyd: (gulping) You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
    Mary: I'd say more like... one out of a million.
    Lloyd: (beat, then grins happily) So you're telling me there's a chance.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Lloyd and Harry both on occasion, though the former is more frequently a deliberate Jerk Ass
  • Jar Potty: Lloyd is forced to do this with beer bottles in the van... which a state trooper finds out the hard way.
    • And he fills about ten bottles in one go. Much to Harry's bewilderment.
      What are you, a camel?!
  • Jerkass: Both are stone stupid, but while Harry is well meaning and even kind in his own bumbling way, Lloyd comes off as rather sadistic and highly mean-spirited, and not always obliviously.
    • Mental and Sea Bass too, of course.
  • Laxative Prank: Whose results are left in a broken toilet, no less. (and the extended cut has Harry cleaning the thing...)
  • Lethally Stupid: Harry and Lloyd inflict much fatal and near-fatal damage multiple times throughout the entire movie. For starters Lloyd, whilst giving a lecture to Mary about bad drivers and not keeping his eyes on the road, causes several cars to swerve out of the way, crash into each other, and even blow up a gas station. On the road, Lloyd zones out to a dream and nearly crashes into a truck. Then, they feed Mental hot peppers in his burger without being aware that he has ulcer problems, and Harry ultimately kills him by accidentally giving him rat poison (intended for them) instead of his pills. Later, at the gas station, Harry sets himself on fire with gasoline and a cigarette lighter, and knocks out Sea Bass with a stall door. At the gala, Lloyd uses a cork from a bottle of wine to kill the rare snow owl. As revenge for Harry "stealing" Mary from him, Lloyd also poisons him with intense laxatives. And, he shoots Mary's husband with a pistol (although that one is a jealous afterthought).
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When Harry and Lloyd get to Aspen, they decide to look Mary's name up on the local phone book (never mind she was vacationing there). Since Lloyd can't remember her surname (only that it starts with S), Harry suggests he check her briefcase. He looks at it and immediately shoots, "Samsonite".
  • Malaproper: "I have a rapist's wit."
    • "She sent me a John Deere letter."
    • "If I know Mary as well as I think I do, she'll invite us right in for tea and strumpets."
  • Messy Hair: Harry's mop of tangled hair.
  • Million to One Chance: See I Like Those Odds above.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Lloyd and Harry stay at a honeymoon hotel on their cross-country road trip, Mental mentions it to Nicholas.
  • Most Annoying Sound: invokedThe hitchhiker scene. The Trope Namer.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Rachel Nichols in the prequel.
  • The Nineties: Not much of an Unintentional Period Piece, but the fashions and soundtrack clearly place it here.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • The hitmen think Harry and Lloyd are doing this - the guy thinks a letter to the gas man is to him because of his stomach problems, and so on.
      • Although Mental eventually finds out that they're just a couple of idiotic Stalkers With A Crush trying to return Mary's briefcase...just before they accidentally poison him.
    • Mary thinks Harry is purposely doing this during their day on the slopes (wearing his skiis the wrong way, getting his tongue stuck to a pole, placing a carrot and coal where they shouldn't be on a snowman, pelting her with snowballs, and knocking her down a hill).
  • Oh, Crap: Two instances, both with the same Scare Chord. The first is when Lloyd is in a gas station bathroom, looks at some graffiti left by Sea Bass, then at his watch, and realizes he's right on time for "manly love". The second is when Harry suffers the effects of Lloyd's Laxative Prank and discovers that Mary's toilet is broken. Oddly enough, both take place in a bathroom.
    • How about the look on Lloyd's face when Harry told him that he thinks his ex-girlfriend Freda was seeing another guy...
  • Only Sane Woman: Mary
  • Orphaned Punchline: During Lloyd's Aspen dream: "So he said, 'do you love me?' and she said, 'no, but that's a real nice ski mask!'"
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Lloyd's Aspen dream.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Happens after Lloyd takes a wrong turn and drives almost 1/6th of the way across the country in the wrong direction.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Todd Rundgren for the first movie. Empire Of The Sun for the sequel.
  • Potty Emergency: Happens twice. Once to Lloyd, which leads to the "I drank what?" incident, and again with Harry, when Lloyd spikes his drink with laxative.
  • Prequel: Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.
  • Rags to Riches: Harry and Lloyd go from a couple of unemployed losers to high-society snobs after finding out what's in Mary's briefcase.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lloyd is the red and Harry is the blue. The tuxedos that they wear to the Snow Owl Benefit even reinforce this.
  • Road Movie: The first half of the film.
  • Rule of Funny: The whole film.
  • Sequel Gap: Dumb and Dumber To comes out 20 years later. The setting apparently has Lloyd spending all this time faking insanity to the point of catatonia just to prank Harry.
  • Sexual Karma: Averted, see Attempted Rape and Near-Rape Experience above.
  • Shout-Out: The protagonists Harry and Lloyd are named after silent film star Harold Lloyd.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lloyd to Mary.
  • Stealth Pun: Lloyd's last name is Christmas. If he and Mary got married, her name would be Mary Christmas. The unrated version explains the joke.
  • Tacky Tuxedo: Harry and Lloyd don a pair when they attend the Snow Owl Benefit.
  • That Came Out Wrong: "Mary... I desperately want to make love to a schoolboy!"
  • The One That Got Away: Fraida Felcher to Harry. Will now make an appearance in the sequel.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Toilet Humor: One of which actually involves a (broken) toilet.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: "Oh, look, frost."
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Mental finds Harry and Lloyd are this.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Downplayed with Harry and Lloyd as with all the crap they get themselves into and yet, managed to make such a wonder how they've survived for so long.
  • The Tooth Hurts: The only role for which Jim Carrey has removed the cap that usually hides the damage one of his front teeth took when he fell off his bike as a kid.
  • Trailer Spoof: The trailer for Dumb and Dumberer disguised itself as a trailer for The Hobbit, leaving every member of the audience sorely pissed.
  • Two of the Kids: Harry and Lloyd.
  • Visual Pun: During Lloyd's Imagine Spot when he's driving a car, he's about to have sex with Mary and opens her bra, but instead of a pair of breasts, she has a set of blinking car lights, which Lloyd startes at for a while until he wakes up just in time to avoid crashing into a truck on the opposite trafic lane. Another word for erect nipples? High beams.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: When we last see the Pennsylvania State Trooper who unwittingly drank Lloyd's urine, he is dry-heaving on the side of the road. The scene ends before he starts vomiting.
  • You Answered Your Own Question:
    Harry: Yeah I called her up. She gave a bunch of crap about not me listening to her enough or something... I don't know I wasn't really paying attention.


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