It’s really hard to be objective about movie that I grew up watching and loving. But while Dumb and Dumber may have its faults, it’s really a great movie and speaks a lot about where we were humor-wise in 1994. Jim Carrey was just starting to blow up and buddy films were at the forefront of the comedy world.
The charm of Dumb and Dumber is purely organic and comprises of a perfect sum of its parts. I was watching the “uncut” version of this film once and have to admit that I didn’t like any of the added/extended scenes. It leads me to realize that this is one of those movies that you can’t add to or take away from. If you touch it at all, it deteriorates its quality.
Although I can watch this movie as is, I can admit that it has its slow parts. The end of the 2nd act it can get sluggish, and the plot finally catches up with itself in the 3rd act as it ties everything together. The runtime can be slimmed down a bit, while the plot stretches quite thin in order to make room for more jokes.
But the charisma of this movie doesn’t necessarily come from the script. It comes from Carrey and Daniels themselves. Their respective individuality–yet similarity–strikes a chord with fans of this film.
Having watched this movie dozens of times I can say that it may not be perfect, but I can’t imagine it any other way–nor would I want to.