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  • 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?
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  • 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans of the original film would prefer to pretend that the prequel never happened.
  • First Installment Wins: The original Dumb and Dumber is one of the most popular and beloved comedy movies of the 1990's. By contrast, the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer, is often regarded as one of the worst comedies of the 2000's, while Dumb and Dumber To is a Contested Sequel.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Who's "Dumb" and who's "Dumber"? Many people would think it was about the main characters, but who's really the "Dumber" people in the movie here; the idiots, or the villains who believe the idiots are actually competent and intelligent?
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    • If Mary had been single as Lloyd hoped and if they had gotten together, she might have been...Mary Christmas.
  • Foe Yay: Lloyd's second run-in with Sea Bass.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Try to imagine how well Lloyd storming through airport security would work in a post-9/11 world.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A girl named Mary finds out that some guy she met a while back is stalking her. Sounds like a future Farrelly Brothers project...
    • Listening to all the sexual innuendos and double entendre from Harry and Lloyd once you learn in the sequel that they know absolutely nothing about sex.
  • Ho Yay:
    Harry: (referring to a woman) Holy jeez, look at the butt on that!
    Lloyd: (assuming that Harry was referring to the man who was seen walking with her) Yeah, he must work out!
    • Harry and Lloyd staying at a honeymoon motel and sitting in a heart-shaped hot tub, together.
      • What's funnier is the fact that the two mooks following them thought that they were a couple.
      • In the unrated version of the film, the dialogue is changed, with the difference being Lloyd letting Harry know that he’d happily bone him if he had a pair of boobs.
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    • The scene where Lloyd is resting on Harry's shoulder as the former sleeps and the latter drives.
    • The duo sitting on a double bed while enjoying room service and wearing bath robes.
    • The way Harry holds onto Lloyd while riding the bike.
    • Lloyd hugging Harry and crying after the latter announces a drive to Aspen, leading Harry to declare, "Okay, that’s enough." after ten seconds or so.
    • Lloyd, believing that Harry set up a date between him and Mary, hugs and kisses his best friend(?) in response.
    • At the end of the film, Harry and Lloyd come across a bus full of supermodels who are looking for men to oil them up. Harry and Lloyd, being the dimwits that they are, turned down the offer. After that, they play a friendly game of tag while walking off, together.
  • Idiot Plot: Everything happens because Harry and Lloyd are complete dumbasses. However, it's intentional. As the old saying go, it requires extremely smart writing to make a good movie about dumb people.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • So, you're telling me there's a chance.
    • Kick his ass, Sea Bass!
    • Editing the part with the most annoying sound to have other examples of that trope.
    • No way! We landed on the moon!
    • It's okay! I'm a limo driver!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Sea Bass attempting to rape and kill Lloyd in the bathroom stall.
    • Nicholas ordering Mary's husband's kidnapping for her heirloom, then shooting Harry without any second thoughts.
    • Mental murdering Harry's parakeet just to give him a message. Tellingly, he's the only one of the villains who actually dies.
  • 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.
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  • Spiritual Adaptation: Even though there are only two of them, one would say Dumb And Dumber was a better adaptation of The Three Stooges than the Farrelly Brothers' 2012 adaptation.
  • Squick:
    • Sea Bass spitting into Harry's cheeseburger.
    • The toilet scene. Although no feces are shown on-screen, the sound design gives the viewer a rather vivid mental image.
  • Tear Jerker: Harry's reaction after finding out that Petey's head was ripped off. While it's somewhat played for laughs, due to the two of them just assuming his head spontaneously fell off, it's still sad how Harry breaks down sobbing when he finds out.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The unrated cut is often regarded as less funny than the theatrical version, because numerous gags that previously worked just fine with sharp editing have now been stretched out to the point that they become a lot more awkward and off-putting, and the jokes added back in are just plain awkward and off-putting, having been cut the first time for a good reason.
  • 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.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Among many of the reasons for the failure of Dumb and Dumberer was the mockery of mentally disabled people, which by 2003 was considered out of touch to the point that the words "retard" and "retarded" were tantamount to swear words.
  • What an Idiot!: These two practically have an Idiot Ball infused in their skull.


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