Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, better known as The Farrelly Brothers, are responsible for some of the biggest and most quotable comedies of the past twenty years. This week, they’re making their first sequel, which also brings them back to the film that made them famous: Dumb and Dumber. Dumb and Dumber To reunites Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as idiots Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, and in so doing almost brings twenty years of comedy full circle.
To celebrate the release of Dumb and Dumber To, we’re ranked all 12 directorial efforts of the Farrelly Brothers. Theirs is a career that started with a bang and has since slowed down a bit. Still, their work is an impressive collection of films with unique and innovative plots.
Below, read our ranking of the films of the Farrelly Brothers.
The Farrelly Brothers Films Ranked
12. The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
A decade after Ben Stiller and the Farrellys made magic together in There’s Something About Mary, the star and directors reteamed for this remake. A newlywed goes on his honeymoon only to realize he’s made a terrible mistake with the marriage; soon he starts to fall for another woman. All of the actors here, including Malin Ackerman, Michelle Monaghan, and Danny McBride, are certainly talented and dedicated, but the film has a mean, almost painful tone throughout. No one is likeable and while there may be a laugh or two, it’s never enjoyable to watch. Everything feels off.
11. The Three Stooges (2012)
Any time filmmakers touch a beloved property like The Three Stooges, they open themselves up for problems. With this film, the Farrellys did their best with something that heavily influenced their comedy, and of which they have been lifelong fans. The central trio of Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso admirably tried to play Moe, Larry and Curly. For the most part, the film never felt as timeless and light as the original shorts. The film is a poor, forgettable copy.
10. Osmosis Jones (2001)
The Farrellys are half responsible for this animated/live action hybrid about a man (Bill Murray) whose insides are fighting a deadly virus. It’s not a terrible movie, but the Farrellys’ live action sections feel somehow disjointed from the superior animated sections. That disconnect between the main story inside his body, directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon, and the live action outside, make for a passable, barely entertaining experience.
9. Hall Pass (2011)
Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis are two married men whose wives give them the ability to do whatever, or whomever they want for a full week. From that one sentence you can already tell exactly what’s going to happen in this movie. Unfortunately, the Farrellys don’t do much to surprise the audience beyond concept. There are beautiful women to tempt the guys, nice men to tempt the women, and everyone feels conflicted about the situation. In the end, everyone is happy in their own special way. One or two laughs stand out but, for the most part, it’s 90 minutes you’ll never think about again.