Farrelly brothers

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Farrelly brothers
Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
The filmmaking duo—Peter Farrelly (left) and Bobby Farrelly (right)—at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Peter John Farrelly
(1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 64)
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States
Robert Leo Farrelly Jr.
(1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 63)
Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
OccupationFilm directors, screenwriters, producers

Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, collectively referred to as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors.[1] They have made eleven films together,[2] including Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary.

Early life[edit]

The brothers were raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island, and are of Irish descent. Following college, they pursued careers as television writers, notably for Seinfeld.


Each of the brothers' first four films (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene) has a plot centering on a road trip. These trips all originate in Rhode Island, except for Kingpin, which begins in Pennsylvania. Their films make frequent use of slapstick and toilet humor, and are often populated with blunt, profane working-class characters in small roles. Many of their films contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event. The brothers are also noted for their soundtracks, which typically feature distinctive selections of classic and contemporary power pop and folk rock songs.

Sports are a common feature of their films and they have often cast sports stars (particularly from New England teams) for bit parts and cameo appearances, including Cam Neely, Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens, Brett Favre, Anna Kournikova, and Tom Brady.

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[3]

Peter Farrelly has published books, including Outside Providence and The Comedy Writer.



Year Title Directors Writers Producers Note(s)
1994 Dumb and Dumber Peter Yes Yes
1996 Kingpin Yes No No
1998 There's Something About Mary Yes Yes No
1999 Outside Providence No Yes Yes
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Yes Yes Yes
2001 Say It Isn't So No No Yes
Osmosis Jones Yes No Yes Live action scenes
Shallow Hal Yes Yes Yes
2003 Stuck on You Yes Yes Yes
2005 Fever Pitch Yes No No
The Ringer No No Yes
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Yes Yes No
2011 Hall Pass Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Three Stooges Yes Yes Yes
2013 Movie 43 Peter No Peter Razzie Award for Worst Picture winner

Segments "The Pitch", "The Catch" and "Truth or Dare" director

2014 Dumb and Dumber To Yes Yes Yes
2018 Green Book Peter Peter Peter Academy Award for Best Picture winner


Year Title Note(s)
1992 Seinfeld 1 episode: "The Virgin"; Co-writers
2002 Ozzy & Drix Executive Producers; animated series
2008 Unhitched 1 episode: "Pilot"; Director, producers
2016 Trailer Park Boys 2 episodes; Director


  1. ^ Tribute.ca
  2. ^ Are The Farrelly Brothers Breaking Up?-CinemaBlend
  3. ^ "Ability Magazine: Farrelly Brothers". Retrieved 2012-04-06.

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