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Two morons deliver a briefcase and loads of laughs in a cross-country adventure.

After dropping off a lovely fare at the airport, limo driver Lloyd Christmas makes a frantic attempt to reunite his dreamboat with her luggage suspiciously left in the open terminal. He manages to encourage his roommate and best friend Harry Dunne to embark on an odyssey from Rhode Island to Colorado to deliver the package. Little do they know where their adventure will really take them, who they will meet, and what sinister plots are stirring.

As Lloyd and Harry embark on their journey, they engage in multiple humorous encounters. Picking up hitchhikers teaches viewers of the most annoying sound in the world. Harland Williams makes his feature film debut as a Pennsylvania State Trooper who sips more than he bargains for. And one of the film’s many memorable lines encourages a trucker named “Sea Bass” to deal with the lead idiots. Laugh out loud moments from both main characters include a malfunctioning toilet, a frosted chair lift, a rush delivery of show dogs, and a drawn out fantasy that includes the only flatulence joke that may have been allowed before an R-rating might have needed to be considered.

Did this movie come out before the faux pas of “double-dipping” was introduced by George Costanza? Technically, this makes a triple for 1994 breakout comedy sensation Jim Carrey, who managed to snag this role after completing The Mask, but not before Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, his number1 in the box office, which apparently led to a steep increase in his salary. Jeff Daniels had a supporting role also as a character named Harry in Speed, which was released about six months before. The two actors are in prime form, and have the best screen chemistry since Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, the original odd couple.


Though currently recognized as a cult classic with many memorable lines, the film itself falls a hair’s width short of being recommendable to all. Offensiveness abounds left and right, brought to life by the blatant insensitivity shown by the main characters towards women and the handicapped. An unrated version adds an extra six minutes of footage that actually steers the tone of the otherwise lighthearted movie in a very mean-spirited direction, and includes even more offensive scripting surrounding misogyny, homophobia, and even cruelty toward animals.

At the conclusion, however, viewers are left with an otherwise feel good story about two friends who make it the best way they can, regardless of the idiocy that took place for the last 107 minutes (113 unrated). And the soundtrack is arranged with perfection, featuring tracks like “(I Love) The Flower Girl” by Cowsills and “Crash” by The Primitives. Dumb and Dumber is a sidesplitting, hilarious comedy at the parts where it needs to be. The balance of drama measures just evenly enough to make this excellent fanfare for teens and fans of college humor. Not many others will sit for this more than once.

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Herbert M. Shaw began writing movie reviews for his high school newspaper and hasn't stopped since. In 2005, his radio program "The Shaw Report" was started with WCDB Albany 90.9 FM in Albany, New York, and lives on with online streaming at www.wcdbfm.com. In addition to film and TV reviews, Herbert also covers a variety of pop culture events surrounding technology, gaming, and the arts. He has covered every single New York Comic Con since 2006, and writes an annual Oscar prediction guide.