Farrelly brothers

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Peter Farrelly
Born Peter John Farrelly
(1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 57)
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, writer, screenwriter, producer
Bobby Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Born Robert Leo Farrelly, Jr.
(1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 56)
Cumberland, Rhode Island, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, writer, screenwriter, producer

Peter John Farrelly (born December 17, 1956) and Robert Leo "Bobby" Farrelly, Jr. (born June 17, 1958), professionally known as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors. They have made eleven films to date, including There's Something About Mary; Dumb and Dumber; Kingpin; Hall Pass; Me, Myself & Irene; Shallow Hal; Stuck on You; Osmosis Jones; Fever Pitch (also known as The Perfect Catch outside of America), the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid, and The Three Stooges.[1]

Early life[edit]

The brothers were raised in Chicago, Illinois, and are of Irish descent. Some of their films have been at least partially set in their home state of Rhode Island, such as There's Something About Mary.

Themes[edit]

Sports play a large part in their films and they have often cast sports stars for cameo appearances in their films (e.g. Brett Favre in There's Something About Mary). The brothers have been praised and critiqued for the way they use the subject of disability in their films. Peter Farrelly has commented:

"The problem is not that we look down on these people, but rather that we look up at them and feel that they are better than us.... we revere them."

—Peter Farrelly[2]

They frequently depict able-bodied people as stupid (Dumb and Dumber) while disabled people are either more aspirational (Shallow Hal, Stuck on You) or gifted (Me, Myself & Irene). They use slapstick and toilet humor, often with a soundtrack of upbeat, light rock songs. Their films often contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event. Peter Farrelly has published books including Outside Providence and The Comedy Writer.

Filmography[edit]

Peter and Bobby Farrelly in the East Village, 2009.

The Farrelly brothers had both collaborated on the following films:

Year Film Directors Producers Writers Notes
1994 Dumb and Dumber
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1996 Kingpin
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1998 There's Something About Mary
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1999 Outside Providence
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2000 Me, Myself & Irene
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2001 Say It Isn't So
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Osmosis Jones
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Live action scenes
Shallow Hal
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2003 Stuck on You
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2005 Fever Pitch
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The Ringer
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2007 The Heartbreak Kid
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2011 Hall Pass
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2012 The Three Stooges
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2014 Dumb and Dumber To
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Sequel to Dumb and Dumber

Television credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pringle, Gill (2011) "A fresh pass from the Farrelly brothers", The Independent, March 4, 2011; retrieved May 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ability Magazine: Farrelly Brothers". Retrieved 2012-04-06. 

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