The ’90s Nutso Comedy On Netflix Still Finding New Fans Today

By Matthew Flynn | Published

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Thirty years after its release, Dumb and Dumber is still cracking up audiences. Now available to stream on Netflix, the nineties classic continues to find new fans.

Dumb And Dumber

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The film weaves a comedic web around two likable, yet intellectually challenged friends embarking on a cross-country trip to return a suitcase full of money to its rightful owner. The bumbling duo, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, are blissfully unaware that they are actually tangled in a convoluted criminal plot. This obliviousness sets the stage for a bunch of comedic moments that have cemented the movie in Hollywood’s comedy hall of fame.

Jim Carrey

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The genius behind Dumb and Dumber at least partially lies in its casting, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the lead roles. Carrey, famed for his rubber-faced comedic antics, shines as Lloyd Christmas. Carrey’s performance is a testament to his unrivaled ability to portray absurdity with a dash of charm, turning what could be an annoying character into a lovable goof.

A Rising Star

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In the 1990s, after breakout success on In Living Color, Jim Carrey became a force of nature that swept across Hollywood, capturing the hearts of millions around the world. His unparalleled energy and versatility, perfectly showcased in blockbusters like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Batman Forever, helped define comedy in the nineties and redefined what it meant to be a leading man in Hollywood.

He was a constant on every movie billboard, every awards show, every late-night talk show – a clear testament to his popularity. Jim Carrey wasn’t just an actor in the nineties; he was box office gold.

Jeff Daniels

While Jim Carrey was known for comedy, Jeff Daniels may have at first seemed an interesting choice as his partner in a comedy. The veteran actor and Emmy Award winner was previously best known for dramatic roles, like his regarded performance in Newsroom. Also a noted musician and playwright, Daniels ended up being the perfect fit alongside Carrey, despite what his pedigree may have suggested.

A Critical And Commercial Success

Dumb and Dumber was a box office hit when it released in 1994, earning over $247 million worldwide. The film’s blend of slapstick humor, quotable lines, and warm-hearted friendship resonated with audiences and critics alike.

Dumb and Dumber, with its zany humor and endearing lead characters have inspired a generation of comedians and filmmakers. The movie is now recognized as a classic, with numerous references appearing in popular culture, television shows, and other films. It even spawned a short-lived Hanna-Barbera cartoon and a widely-panned prequel which didn’t feature Carrey or Daniels.

Dumb And Dumber To

In 2014, fans worldwide rejoiced when Dumb and Dumber To was released — a sequel exactly 20 years after the original. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprised their roles, injecting the same energy and comedic timing that made the first film a sensation. However, the sequel’s reception was mixed. While some welcomed the Deja vu of comedic madness, others felt that it lacked the fresh humor and heart of the original.

Comedy fans can stream Dumb and Dumber on Netflix to see why the movie continues to appeal to audiences both old and new.