Dumb & Dumber To: What are the best comedy double acts?
Twenty years on, and possibly the dumbest of the lot, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) reprise their roles for another film filled with witless wonders. Following his heartbreaking rejection from Mary Swanson – as we learnt in Dumb and Dumber (1994) – Lloyd is now admitted into a mental care facility where he has lived out his thirties.
Loyal friend Harry has visited his pal for two decades on a weekly basis, until he is faced with a life-threatening medical problem. Confronted with the death of his childhood friend, Lloyd is forced out of his wheelchair to help find Harry an organ donor, so the dimwit duo begin a search for Harry’s long-lost daughter, which in-turn could lead to Harry finding himself the replacement kidney he needs.
Once again, the film is directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and younger brother Peter, who also worked on the first film – their first feature - making them over $340 million worldwide. At the time, Dumb and Dumber was commercial hit that opened the Hollywood door for the brothers and led to the start of Conundrum Entertainment, who went on to produce Kingpin, Me, Myself and Irene and Say It Isn’t So. Their most recent project is the film The Three Stooges (2012), a remake of the popular slapstick comedy series that first aired in 1925.
Dumb and Dumber To features a lot of stuff you’ll remember from the first film; road trips, extremely annoying sounds, the Mutt Cutts van and much more.
When Harry and Lloyd finally set off on their road trip mission to save Harry, they drive from Rhode Island to El Paso. Harry needs to find the daughter he never knew he had who his ex-fling, played by Kathleen Turner, gave up for adoption. His daughter, Fanny Felcher, was adopted by a science genius who is up for a special award at the ‘Ken Conference’.
It's very much a vehicle for the duo of Carrey and Daniels, relying on their on-screen chemistry for most of the laughs. The film’s wafer-thin plot ensure our idiot heroes must reach the conference and stop the baddies from stealing ‘a billion-dollar idea’ from the stepfather inventor in order to save the day. As per usual, Harry and Lloyd prove that each have their dumber moments, which go from being angry put-down artists to drinking embalming fluid, believing it is a juicy slushie.
The sequel lasts an hour and 50 minutes and although it may feel like you’ve been watching it for much longer, there are plenty of nonstop jokes, including Carrey’s character eating a hotdog in a suggestively weird way and momentarily incarcerating Rob Riggle in the back of the Mutt Cutts van with a bomb of farts. If your thing is comedies with a juvenile sense of humour though, this is definitely a film for you.
The film arrives next week (April 20th) and you can find the trailer below, in the meantime here are ten other worthy comedy duos…
Dumb and Dumber To: Official Trailer:
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence
Smith and Lawrence perfected the movie buddy formula when they got together for the Bad Boys films. Laugh out loud funny amidst these action films.
Bad Boys was released in 1995 with an equally hilarious sequel Bad Boys II coming out in 2003. Eight years of separation and this duo were just as funny.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
British buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been delighting fans on both sides of the Atlantic since 1999, when they starred in the popular series Spaced. “It’s good to work with Nick,” Pegg says. “That’s when I’m happiest. When we can work together it means we can also have our working days together, which is great.” These former flatmates have since achieved cult status thanks to razor-sharp films like Shaun of the Dead (2004) a homage to zombie flicks, Hot Fuzz (2007) as a satirical buddy cop film and Paul (2011) which sees an insane road trip with two sci-fi geeks.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams
Another pair who have been successful since 1999 are Matt Lucas and David Walliams. They met working on Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer, and inspired by the success of Vic and Bob, went on to create spoof music show, Rock Profiles, which would pave the way for the show that would make their name for them internationally - Little Britain.
Like all good comedy pairings, the two are good friends on and off screen and although Little Britain may have ended as a series, the two will forever be associated as a pair.
Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan
We’ve thrown another cop partnership in the works. This time it’s Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan as the leading men in the Rush Hour series. The crime-fighting duo are memorable karaoke loving officers unafraid of having a little fun while taking on their cases.
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover
Classic, classic, classic. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have a love-hate relationship throughout their partnership as the faces of Lethal Weapon (1987). All the shoot outs and car chases brought this unexpected pair together for the antics in the franchise. Four films together and Gibson and Glover’s characters made for one believable pair of friends.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney
These handsome Hollywood actors prove they have fun on and off screen. “It's true,” Pitt admits. “We have good fun together. We know each other pretty well now and know each other's families.” They first displayed their sparkling chemistry in the Ocean 11’s trilogy and have since teamed up in the Coen brothers’ hilarious crime caper Burn After Reading.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
A perfect match; whether they’re playing a pair of dim NASCAR drivers or half-witted stepbrothers, this perfectly matched pair always leaves us in stitches with their outrageous slapstick humour. The recipe for genuine successful comedy duos seems to have a pattern which Ferrell and Reilly don’t stray from. “I have real genuine affection for Will,” Reilly says. “We’re really good friends, besides any kind of like professional relationship. Just as guys, we really like each other and we share a sense of humour. He’s a really down-to-Earth guy, very real. As successful as he’s gotten, none of that has gone to his head.”
Woody and Buzz
The cowboy – Woody - and flightless spaceman – Buzz Lightyear - have a quirky friendship in Pixar’s Toy Story trilogy. The two buddies, Buzz voiced by Tim Allen and Woody voiced by Tom Hanks, are toys who eventually become entangled in a bid to win owner Andy’s ultimate attention. During the films, while seemingly frenemies, the figures create a special bond. They must overcome the evil young boy, and next door neighbour Sid (who tortures toys) and then overcome Andy going to university. Along the way both Buzz and Woody have some of the funniest jokes an animation duo could portray.
Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller apparently knew the moment he saw Bottle Rocket that he wanted to work with Owen Wilson. "When I first saw [the movie] it took me about five minutes to figure out where he was coming from, and after that I didn't stop laughing,” he recalls. “There's a certain sense of self that he has, a confidence that's also completely self-deprecating. People try to categorise him, but he has created a whole new category."
Stiller cast him in The Cable Guy (1996) and the pair have since teamed up on an additional nine feature length films. Their most famous team ups were in Little Fockers (2010) and Zoolander (2001). Fans were very excited when they announced their would be a second Zoolander film, due for release at some point in 2016.
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
We’ve finished our top 10 with possibly our favourite comedy duo who solidified their bromance in Grumpy Old Men (1993). However Lemmon and Matthau met long before then when they first starred together in The Fortune Cookie (1966). Sadly Matthau passed away in 2000 with Lemmon passing in 2001. Their hilarious pairing will never be forgotten.