This celebration of stupidity delivers exactly what its title promises. Dumb and Dumber stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, who portray their pathetic, hopeless characters impeccably. What is it about Dumb and Dumber that makes us connect with the movie? It’s not our movie, it wasn’t written in our generation, yet somehow we still relate. I have one word for you… friendship. Although Harry and Lloyd fight and disagree a lot, their friendship is very strong. Their unbreakable friendship is an ideal model of how every friendship should be. Although Dumb and Dumber is blatantly a lighthearted comedy, it subtly portrays all of the wonderful characteristics that a true friendship should have.
It is easy to dismiss the entire film as a slap-stick comedy, undercutting the idea that it is an endearing highlight that true friendship should trump all- even stupidity and money. After all, Lloyd barters away Harry’s Shaggin Wagon in exchange for a much lower value scooter. Anyone would be justifiably upset about this Indian exchange, but not Harry. He celebrates Lloyd’s redemptive action as brilliant. Later, after discovering that Lloyd has worn an extra pair of gloves as they’ve scootered through the frigid Rocky Mountain air, Harry attacks Lloyd. The physical assault lasts only until they realize the briefcase is full of cash, and they quickly forget their angst and move onto spending their newfound riches on Lamborghinis, ski-suits, and outrageous tuxedos. Truly, most friends would be unwilling to forgive such consistent and massive lacks in judgement. Yet, their friendship endures a giant cross-country mishap.
Lloyd and Harry's friendship is one of a kind. They laugh with each other, they pull pranks on each other, and they fight like children. They are the perfect friends and make the most out of every situation. To the outside world, their friendship is annoying, but to them, they feed off and need each other. We as humans, naturally crave affection and attention. Friendship can in one way or another, satisfy that desire. Harry and Lloyd’s legendary friendship is one that every person longs for. We want someone we can laugh with, pull pranks on people with, and someone who will stick by our sides even when we make stupid decisions.
In what way does having a humorous tradition, a humorous intellectual commons or shared knowledge allow us to make and build relationships? Quotable comedy allows us to create a connection. If you haven’t seen this movie, I suggest you watch it ASAP. If you think it’s stupid and don’t like it the first time, watch it a second time. I guarantee you will think it’s hilarious. If you don’t, then there may be something seriously wrong with you.
Dumb and Dumber is just that – dumb. However, everyone would be well served by embodying the friendship principles Harry and Lloyd portray – loyalty and adventure. Sometimes they go behind each other’s backs, but ultimately in the end they are always there for each other. Their friendship survives the comedic arcs and challenges that their social aloofness places them in. At one point, when Lloyd and Harry both lose their jobs and confide in one another, Lloyd says to Harry, “Man, you are one pathetic loser. No offense.” Harry then responds with, “No, none taken…” So, if you think that the subtle friendship undertones are a stretch, then I would say to you, “You are one pathetic loser. No offense.”