Dumb and Dumber

  • Review Date: March 13, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

Common Sense Media says

The caviar of low-brow, gross-out comedy.
  • Review Date: March 13, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of dumb humor, though some messages of friendship.

Positive role models

Nobody here is a role model, though ultimately Lloyd and Harry are good, loyal friends to each other.

Violence

Some shooting and slapstick violence. In an elaborate fantasy sequence, Lloyd tears a chef's heart out and deposits it in a bloody doggy bag. A practical joke results in death. Lloyd is in danger of being raped by a man in a toilet stall. Off-camera, a bad guy twists a parakeet's head off (the damage is later repaired with tape).

Sex

A few partially exposed rears, plus plenty of sexual banter and sexual terms like "hooters."

Language

Strong language includes "s--t," "bastard," "d--k," and "crap."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some smoking and drinking, plus some pill popping.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dumb and Dumber is unapologetically crass. The Farrelly Brothers deliver nonstop, gut-churning laughs for adults as well as kids; however, parents of preteens should be advised of slapstick violence and moderate sexual content. It's your call, parents, as to whether you want your preteens seeing this. The PG-13 rating -- for comedic violence, explosive bowels, and sexual situations -- is a sound recommendation for your supervision. Teenagers will laugh themselves sore. Adults who believe they're above this sort of thing may find themselves pleasantly mistaken.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Imbecile roommates Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) give up their low-profile jobs and their dreams of opening a worm store to track down a lovely acquaintance of Lloyd's named Mary (Lauren Holly) and return to her the briefcase she left at the airport. Little do they know that Mary ditched the case on purpose, that it's full of ransom money, and that the pair of thugs sent to retrieve it are hot on their tail. Bumbling along in a van revamped to look like a sheepdog, Lloyd and Harry avoid being murdered several times over by sheer dumb luck. They arrive in Aspen, find Mary, and become entangled in a clumsy kidnapping plot, but the true test of their friendship comes when the two friends enter into a competition for the same girl's affection.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly elevate bodily fluid humor to as high a level as low art can climb. They know what's funny, and they throw it on the screen regardless of how vulgar or political incorrect it is. There's a gleefulness in that for adults -- it's like being back on the elementary school playground, laughing at somebody making rude noises with a hand cupped to his armpit. Few teens will have trouble surrendering to its raw charm.

Jeff Daniels, from whom we don't expect this kind of behavior, is impressively moronic in one of the two title roles. Jim Carrey is restrained just enough to keep us wanting more, and shows glimpses of the acting ability that would win him critical praise for The Truman Show. The movie only really fails when it abandons its stars in pursuit of a lame kidnapper/hitman subplot. If it loses gas altogether at the end, that should be expected of something propelled by so much gas early on.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the main characters' antics are funny on film but inappropriate in real life.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1994
DVD release date:September 2, 2003
Cast:Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey, Lauren Holly
Directors:Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Studio:New Line
Genre:Comedy
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:gross-out humor and sexual themes.

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Written byAnonymous December 8, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

This Movie is too iffy for 15 Year Olds On for 16+

Sex is R too me. ...and I shouldn't see this movie when I was 6 Years Old.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 9 year old Written byerich April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

I was aghast

I should never have allowed my 8 year old to see this! It actually shows a hostile man sexually threatening Jim Carey in a bathroom stall (and exposing himself). Talk about not doing your homework before coming home with a movie! Very crass references to women, female body parts, and sex. Do not let any kid under 15 watch this!
Parent of a 11 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... May 16, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 
Well i just love this movie its not really bad i would let my child watch it if i had a child sure there are a few parts kinda bad like in Lyod's dream sequnce when he sees Mary picks her up and checks to see if she has any panties on which she doesn't but hey its just a silly movie and the saying Jim carry sayssuck me sideways lol whatever that means but this is an awesome movie i remember a long time ago my mom older sister and i seen it i was 9 years old when it came out so i pretty much rememberd it i laugh at the dvd whenever im in the mood to go on and watch it this is the funniest movie ever i seen it so many times i could watch it again and again and never even get tired of it that basically shows just how great this movie is like i said if i had a chid yes i would let him or her watch the movie i wouldn't be like those super strict folks because my child has a right to watch the movie whether he or she is 5 or 7 any age my kid can totally watch it btw i love Dumb And Dumber and yes i do have the Dvd! great movie love it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old September 1, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

A couple of laughs.

It was funny but kind of inappropiate. *Unrated version for 14 and up*
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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