Fever Pitch

4. Fever Pitch (2005)

Fever Pitch is probably the most un-Farrelly Brothers film the two have created. It’s not offensive, and it isn’t laugh out loud funny. What Fever Pitch does very well is show passion. It captures that stupid, other-level passion you can have for a sports team, and the crazy passion true love creates. The chemisty between stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore works perfectly. Everything feels real thanks to the cooperation of Major League Baseball. And then, just to bring it all together, you have the fact the film was being shot when the Red Sox won their first world series in almost 100 years. Everything marries together beautifully for an infinitely rewatchable romantic comedy.


3. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

As good as the last few films are, these top three films are simply on a different level. We’ve officially moved from good to great. This was the Farrellys’ first movie. It came out of nowhere and was so stupid and so weird, yet so consistently funny we couldn’t take our eyes off it. Audiences struggled to predict how far the movie would go, how offensive the characters could be, how gross the scenes would get, and the movie always pushed that bar. This was also Jim Carrey just as his comic powers were truly beginning to flower, and saw Jeff Daniels going far out of his comfort zone. It’s still incredible to watch and is justly quoted amongst film fans everywhere.

Woody Harrelson Kingpin

2. Kingpin (1996)

How and why the Farrellys made a movie about an Amish bowling prodigy who is taken on the road by a one-handed ex-champion, we may never know. What we do know is the result is amazing. Kingpin is a filthy, surprising, hilarious spin on the modern sports movie with dynamite performances from the three lead males. The juxtaposition of Bill Murray, as the awful reigning bowling champion with Randy Quaid as the sweet up and comer, is funny enough. Add in Woody Harrelson as almost an amalgamation of the two and you’ve got a recipe for madness. Oh, and the sports story structure adds a welcome drama that makes Kingpin rise above on this list.

There's Something About Mary

1. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

As funny and crazy as Kingpin and Dumb and Dumber were, the Farrellys caught lightning in a bottle with There’s Something About Mary. The film opened with no hype, no excitement, and therefore no expectations. The result was a non-stop laugh riot that took the boundaries pushed by their previous two films and completely leapfroged over them. Scenes like getting caught in the zipper or the hair gel were so audacious, we were almost embarassed to be watching them. They elicited a physical response in addition to the laughter. If that wasn’t enough, the movie also has a huge heart and simultaneously works as a sweet love story. It’s the best of everything you could want in a comedy and one of the best comedies of the Nineties.

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