Dumb and Dumber (franchise)

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Dumb and Dumber
Directed byPeter Farrelly (1, 3)
Bobby Farrelly (1, 3)
Troy Miller (2)
Produced byVarious
Written byPeter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
StarringJim Carrey
Jeff Daniels
Distributed byNew Line Cinema (1994-2003)
Universal Pictures (2014)
Release date
CountryUnited States

Dumb and Dumber is a series of comedy films starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The films have been released from 1994 to 2014.


Dumb and Dumber[edit]

The first film was released on December 16, 1994. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, it was a commercial success and developed a cult following in the years since its release. The success of Dumb and Dumber launched the career of the Farrelly brothers and solidified Carrey's.[1] The film follows the characters of Harry and Lloyd as they travel across the country to Aspen to return a briefcase.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd[edit]

In 2003, a prequel was theatrically released, entitled Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. The film featured a cast and crew different from the previous film, and the Farrelly brothers had no involvement in the film's production. It was panned by critics, receiving a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was only a minor box office success, grossing approximately $39.2 million worldwide against a $19 million budget, as opposed to the original film's far greater $247 million worldwide gross against a $17 million budget.[2][3]

Dumb and Dumber To[edit]

In October 2011, the Farrelly brothers confirmed that they would make a sequel to Dumb and Dumber.[4] The sequel, titled Dumb and Dumber To, was shot in the fall of 2013. Carrey and Daniels have returned to lead the film, and Bobby and Peter Farrelly returned to direct along with original screenwriter Bennett Yellin, and actors reprising their roles from the first film include Brady Bluhm, who played Billy in (Apartment) 4C, and Cam Neely, who played Sea Bass. Dumb and Dumber To was released on November 14, 2014.[5]

Unlike the original film, Dumb and Dumber To was not released by Warner Bros. but rather by Universal Pictures.[6] Despite Warner having no involvement in the film, its New Line Cinema division, which produced the first film and the prequel, was still given studio credit from Universal.[7][8]


Dumb and Dumber: The Animated Series[edit]

In 1995, a Hanna-Barbera-produced animated series aired on ABC, as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup; Matt Frewer provided the voice of Lloyd, while Bill Fagerbakke voiced Harry. In the cartoon, Harry and Lloyd have reacquired their van, now named "Otto". The cartoon also features a new character, Kitty, a female pet purple beaver who appears to be smarter than both men. The animated series was written by Bennett Yellin, co-writer of the film. The show was short-lived and was shelved after one season.

Music video[edit]

Crash Test Dummies - The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead[edit]

"The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"
Single by Crash Test Dummies
from the album Dumb and Dumber soundtrack
ReleasedJanuary 1995
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Andy Partridge
Crash Test Dummies singles chronology
"God Shuffled His Feet"
"The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"
"He Liked to Feel It"

The song was covered by Canadian group Crash Test Dummies in 1994 for the soundtrack to the film Dumb and Dumber. Crash Test Dummies' version is notable in that it was their first of two singles to feature Ellen Reid on lead vocals; it differs slightly from XTC's version, omitting the second verse. The video was filmed in Nathan Phillips Square, home to City Hall, in Toronto, Ontario; fans of the band were invited to an open casting by VJs on MuchMusic.

It features Jeff Daniels reprising his role of Harry Dunne from Dumb and Dumber. In the video, Harry falls and gets a Jack-o'-lantern stuck on his head. In his struggle to get it off, he foils a bank robbery and becomes a media sensation. However, he is unfairly found guilty of the bank robbery and narrowly avoids being hanged (he is saved by the pumpkin, which is placed on his head before he's put in the noose). It ends with a spoof of the religious imagery in the original video, as Harry's followers (oblivious to him having survived) venerate him as a martyr and establish the "Church of the Latter-Day Pumpkinheads" where they don Jack-o'-lantern masks, ape Harry's struggle to remove the pumpkin stuck to his head, and take communion of pumpkin seeds and wine sipped from a pumpkin stem.

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films Animated series
Dumb and Dumber Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Dumb and Dumber To Dumb and Dumber
1994 2003 2014 1995-1996
Harry Dunne Jeff Daniels Derek Richardson Jeff Daniels Bill Fagerbakke
Lucas Gregory
Dalton E. Gray
Lloyd Christmas Jim Carrey Eric Christian Olsen Jim Carrey Matt Frewer
Colin Ford
(young, uncredited)
Mary Swanson Lauren Holly
J.P. Shay Karen Duffy
Joe "Mental" Mentalino Mike Starr
Nicholas Andre Charles Rocket
Special Officer Beth Jordan Victoria Rowell
Sea Bass Cam Neely Cam Neely
Helen Swanson Terri Garr
Detective Dale Felton Perry
Billy in 4C Brady Bluhm Brady Bluhm
Jessica Matthews Rachel Nichols
Principal Collins Eugene Levy
Mrs. Dunne Mimi Rogers
Ray the Janitor Luis Guzman
Fraida Felcher Julie Costello Kathleen Turner
Carly Craig
Adele Pinchelow Laurie Holden
Dr. Pinchelow Steve Tom
Penny Pinchelow Rachel Melvin
Travis and Captain Lippencott Rob Riggle


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Dumb and Dumber December 16, 1994 $127,175,374 $120,100,000 $247,275,374 #386 #444 $17 million [9]
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd June 13, 2003 $26,276,465 $12,991,050 $39,267,515 #2,542 $19 million [10]
Dumb and Dumber To November 14, 2014 $86,208,010 $83,629,000 $169,837,010 #715 $40 million [11]
Total $239,659,849 $216,720,050 $456,379,899 $76 million [12]
Average $79.9 million $72.2 million $152.1 million
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Dumb and Dumber 66% (50 reviews)[13] 41 (14 reviews)[14] B[15]
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 10% (119 reviews)[16] 19 (28 reviews)[17] C[15]
Dumb and Dumber To 29% (139 reviews)[18] 36 (36 reviews)[19] B[15]


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