YMMV / Dumb and Dumber

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Lloyd could be a Jerkass Woobie - he travels across the country nearly getting killed/raped in the process just to give his dream girl her briefcase, his best friend steals her from him (so he thinks), and finally learns that she's already married. And to top it off he's simply too dumb and/or crazy to realize that she's completely out of his league anyway.
    • Which one's "Dumb" and which one's "Dumber"? Lloyd for having even less sense than Harry exhibits, or Harry for letting Lloyd fast-talk him so often?
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Bennett Yellin's initial draft of the script was apparently so disjointed that it had gained a negative reputation among film investors. After the script was re-written, it was pitched to producers under the fake title A Power Tool Is Not a Toy, in order to get them to even read it.
  • Never Live It Down: Jeff Daniels has had a very respectable career, but the bathroom scene is the one everyone remembers. There was even a Saturday Night Live sketch where Jeff Daniels is interviewed by Chris Elliot and Chris keeps replaying the bathroom scene. It's even said to be one of the best sketches of all time (even though that sketch aired during SNL's 20th season, which is considered Seasonal Rot on par with the 1980-1981 season).
  • Sequelitis: The Farrely brothers had nothing to do with either Dumb and Dumberer (not to be confused with Dumb and Dumber To, which had The Farrelly brothers involved), or the short-lived animated TV series. Mediocrity ensues.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Even though there are only two of them, one might say Harry and Lloyd are practically the 90s answer to The Three Stooges which heavily influenced the Farrelly Brothers.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: The only aspect of Dumb and Dumberer to be consistently praised was Eric Christian Olsen's performance as the young Lloyd, with most critics finding him perfectly believable as a younger version of Jim Carrey.
  • What An Idiot: These two practically have an Idiot Ball infused in their skull.
  • The Woobie: Harry, for taking so much crap from lots of people, particularly Lloyd.
    • Lloyd is one in the scene where he thinks Harry stole Mary from him.
    • Billy the blind kid. He just thought it was really quiet.