Dumb and Dumber To

8. Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

As the Farrellys return to one of their most famous concepts, they do what so many sequel creators do: sprinkle some new material on top of the structure from the original film. Dumb & Dumber To isn’t just another road trip movie; it features several specific concepts from the original, and signature lines awkwardly shoehorned in for good (ok, bad) measure. There are funny sequences — three or four laugh riot moments, to be sure — but also a lot of material that feels like a first draft. Carrey and Daniels are just as game to contort and goof as they were 20 years ago, and they help give the movie some life. But the strain to match the original is palpable. When ideas run dry the Farrellys push Harry and Lloyd from sweet idiots to mean and gross old dudes, and that doesn’t sit well at all.

Stuck On You

7. Stuck on You (2003)

Here’s the line when we go from bad to good. When I first saw Stuck On You, I remember really liking it. The lead actors – Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear – are two of the best the Farrellys have ever worked with. The premise, of conjoined twins who move to Los Angeles to act, is interesting, and the film plays the idea for many innovative laughs. When compared to the films that come after this on the list, however, few specifics from it have stuck with me. I could watch it again tomorrow and probably feel like it’s totally new.

Shallow Hal

6. Shallow Hal (2001)

When I first heard the plot of Shallow Hal, it was impossible not to be intrigued. A man obsessed with beauty (played by Jack Black) starts to see the inner beauty of people. That leads him to fall in love with an obese woman who looks, to him, like Gwyneth Paltrow. While the Farrellys made their names on gross-out humor, Shallow Hal isn’t so much gross as plain mean. It balances that by winding up as one of their sweetest comedies, but it only barely keeps those two in check.


5. Me Myself and Irene (2000)

Coming off their yet-to-be-listed 1998 mega-hit, the Farrelly Brothers had never been hotter. That meant expectations for this 2000 Jim Carrey vehicle couldn’t be higher. It delivers, but doesn’t exceed. Playing the dual personalities of Charlie and Hank, Carrey turns in a really solid performance and the laughs are pretty steady throughout. It’s not as innovative or “out there” as some of their better work, but overall, My, Myself and Irene works.

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