Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
|Dumb and Dumberer:
When Harry Met Lloyd
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Troy Miller|
|Produced by||Troy Miller
|Screenplay by||Troy Miller
|Story by||Robert Brener|
by Peter Farrelly
Eric Christian Olsen
|Music by||Eban Schletter|
|Cinematography||Anthony B. Richmond|
|Edited by||Lawrence Jordan|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Running time||85 minutes|
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd is a 2003 American comedy film and the prequel to Dumb and Dumber (1994). The film was directed by Troy Miller and based on the characters created by the Farrelly brothers from the original film. The film was poorly received by critics; however, it was a mild domestic box office success considering its budget, taking in just under $40 million. The subtitle is inspired by the film When Harry Met Sally.... The film is not considered canon to the series as of Dumb and Dumber To.
In 1986, Harry Dunne (Derek Richardson) finally gets his chance to go to regular school. At the same time, Lloyd Christmas (Eric Christian Olsen), who has been adopted and exchanged several times until he was accepted by the school janitor, Ray (Luis Guzmán). Harry bumps into Lloyd on the way, in search for a treasure his mother (Mimi Rogers) asked him to find, and as if it were destiny, the two instantly became the best of friends. Lloyd introduces Harry to his "friend", Turk (Elden Henson), the school bully whose main function in life appears to be making Lloyd's life hell. After putting Lloyd in a trash can, he hoists the two friends up a flagpole. Meanwhile, the corrupt Principal Collins (Eugene Levy) is searching for a way to get a large amount of money to get a condominium in Waikiki, Hawaii for him and his girlfriend, Ms. Heller, (Cheri Oteri) the lunch lady. Seeing Harry and Lloyd getting hoisted on a flagpole, Principal Collins establishes a fake "special needs" class to swindle $100,000 from the local community. Obviously, Harry and Lloyd are more than thrilled to help, and thus find themselves signing up people who are "different" for the class. These include a reluctant Turk; a teen named Toby (Josh Braaten) who broke his leg and arm in a skateboarding accident - and whom Lloyd believes is a "little crippled boy"; Toby's gorgeous girlfriend, Terri (Teal Redmann); geeky Lewis (Shia LaBeouf), whom Harry and Lloyd believe is a centaur after seeing him half-dressed in his horse mascot costume; Cindy (Michelle Krusiec), also known as "Ching-Chong," a Chinese exchange student who later becomes Turk's girlfriend; and Carl (William Lee Scott), a badly injured football player obsessed with his sport. Ms. Heller becomes the teacher of the fake class and holds it in Ray's tool shed.
Jessica Matthews (Rachel Nichols), a headstrong student and reporter for the school paper, is suspicious of Principal Collins' sudden contribution. Jessica asks Harry for information. Harry, who thinks that she is flirting with him, turns to Lloyd for courtship tips. A repulsive disaster involving Jessica's bathroom and a melted chocolate bar that looks like feces makes her father (Bob Saget) freak out, inadvertently directing her attention to Lloyd. Soon, Harry and Lloyd get into a fight over Jessica, without her knowing it. Inevitably, the two make amends when Harry and Lloyd realize that they were nothing without each other. They find Principal Collins' chest in his office which contains evidence of every scam he and Ms. Heller ever pulled. Principal Collins find his evidence chest missing, and falsely accuses Jessica of taking it. It so happens that the Special Needs class was asked to build a float for President's Day at that time; instead of building a float with George Washington as the main attraction, they change it to look like Principal Collins as a pirate with repeated recordings of his evidence. During the parade, the superintendent of the school district has a police detective pose as Richard Moffit, so Principal Collins would fall for it. Eventually, the special needs class brings out their float to prove Principal Collins and Ms. Heller as thieves, exposing their plot. Principal Collins and Ms. Heller are arrested before they could get away with the money, and Jessica is grateful for Harry and Lloyd and regards them as heroes. However, just like in the original film, the duo's advances to Jessica were in vain, since it turned out that she had a boyfriend. As the couple rode off, Harry and Lloyd vowed never to fight and risk their friendship over a woman, again; that vow was repeatedly broken. As the guys head home, they are approached by Fraida Felcher (Julia Costello) and her twin sister, Rita (Chandra Costello) in a sports car, who offer to take them to a huge girls' party. Harry and Lloyd turn them down, and Harry gets covered in mud. Jessica's father accidentally hits him with his car, with Harry getting his windshield covered with mud, leaving her father to think he got his car covered in feces.
- Derek Richardson as Harry Dunne
- Lucas Gregory as 8-year-old Harry
- Eric Christian Olsen as Lloyd Christmas
- Colin Ford as Young Lloyd (Uncredited)
- Rachel Nichols as Jessica Matthews
- Eugene Levy as Principal Collins
- Mimi Rogers as Mrs. Dunne
- Luis Guzman as Ray the Janitor
- Cheri Oteri as Ms. Heller
- Bob Saget and Julia Duffy as Jessica's parents
- Elden Henson as Turk
- Shia LaBeouf as Lewis
- William Lee Scott as Carl
- Michelle Krusiec as Cindy "Ching-Chong"
- Josh Braaten as Toby
- Teal Redmann as Terri
- Lin Shaye as Margie
- Julie and Shawnie Costello as the Felcher twins
- Timothy Stack as Doctor
- Brian Posehn as Convenience Store Clerk
- Katt Williams as Neighbor (Uncredited)
Much of the film was filmed in Atlanta. Many of the school scenes were filmed at Walton High School in Marietta and at the Atlanta International School in Fulton County. The Farrelly brothers, who co-wrote and directed the original Dumb and Dumber, had no involvement in this film whatsoever, nor did Jim Carrey or Jeff Daniels, who played Lloyd and Harry in the original film. Although Peter Farrelly has never seen the prequel, he went on record as saying that he holds no ill-will against the movie and wished the filmmakers well on it. This marked the first time that a sequel or prequel had been made to a Carrey film for which he declined to reprise his role. Others to follow were Son of the Mask, Evan Almighty, and Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective.
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Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd has a rating of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 19/100 rating on Metacritic. The film was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple (Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson), and Worst Remake or Sequel.
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