Farrelly brothers

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Peter Farrelly
Peter Farrelly at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Born Peter John Farrelly
(1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 58)
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 57)
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, including Dumb and Dumber; Kingpin; Hall Pass; Me, Myself & Irene; Shallow Hal; Stuck on You; Osmosis Jones; There's Something about Mary; Fever Pitch (also known as The Perfect Catch outside America); the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid; The Three Stooges;[1] and Dumb and Dumber To.

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 are also noted for their soundtracks, which typically feature diverse selections of classic and contemporary power pop and folk rock songs.

Sports often play a central role in their films and they have often cast sports stars (particularly from New England teams) for cameo appearances including Cam Neely, 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[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). Their films make frequent use 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.

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


Peter and Bobby Farrelly in the East Village, 2009.

Film credits[edit]

The Farrelly brothers have collaborated on the following films:

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

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Note(s)
1992 Seinfeld 1 episode: "The Virgin"; Co-writers
2002 Ozzy and Drix Executive Producers; animated series
2008 Unhitched 1 episode: "Pilot"; Director, producers


  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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