Parents' Guide to

Dumb and Dumber

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

The caviar of low-brow, gross-out comedy.

Movie PG-13 1994 106 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 38 parent reviews

age 15+

seabass makes it 15+

the concept is very slapstick but the Cam Neely scene makes it instantly more adult themed. I let my kids watch more PG-13 movies than most. A few bad words, fine but I draw the line at mature sexual situations.
age 17+

Crude

I watched this before my son, just by chance, I'm so glad I did there are a couple of scenes that are simply should be R rated

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (38 ):
Kids say (100 ):

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.

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