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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...
  • Ho Yay: While Harry and Lloyd are certainly straight, that didn't stop the two mooks following them from thinking otherwise. Them staying the night at a Second Honeymoon place didn't help.
  • Idiot Plot: Everything happens because Harry and Lloyd are complete dumbasses.
  • 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.
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    • No way! We landed on the moon!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The toilet scene.
    • "Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What an Idiot!: These two practically have an Idiot Ball infused in their skull.


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