Best Road Trip Movies: Dumb and Dumber Review
Dumb and Dumber is the first adult comedy movie I remember seeing as a little kid, and it is still one of my absolute favorites. In fact, I was incredibly excited when I heard they were making a sequel, but then I saw the trailer and let’s just not talk about that ever please. (We also won’t be discussing the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer, for similar reasons.)
The original, however, is genius—the ultimate buddy comedy. That’s why it earned a spot on our best road trip movies list, so without further ado, I give you my Dumb and Dumber review. Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie, eh?
Harry and Lloyd are two rather simple fellas, so the plot that follows is just as simple. The two idiotic roommates (like, Peter Griffin meets Patrick Star kind of idiotic), Harry, played by Jeff Daniels, and Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, both lose their jobs in one day. On the last day of his job, however, Lloyd, who had been a limo driver, falls in love with a passenger on the way to the airport, who leaves a briefcase inside the airport before boarding her plane. Lloyd quickly grabs the briefcase with the intention of returning it.
It turns out, however, that the passenger, Mary, had been leaving the briefcase full of money to pay off a kidnapper who had abducted her husband, getting Lloyd and Harry mixed up into all sorts of trouble as they travel across the country to Aspen in a giant box van decorated like a shaggy dog to deliver Mary her seemingly lost briefcase.
A few key vehicles are used throughout the film. The most important vehicle, of course, is Harry’s 1984 Ford Econoline that has been transformed into a rolling pet grooming station, decked out as what Lloyd calls a “shaggin’ wagon.”
Also included in the cast of cars is Lloyd’s 1987 Cadillac Brougham Stretched Limo, which he crashes near the beginning of the film.
You’d think that the most hilarious vehicle on the film would be the Econoline-turned-dog, but you’d be mistaken. At some point in the film, Lloyd trades the Econoline for a Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide, which is not only a poor trade, but also a terrible vehicle on which to carry two grown men through the slopes of the Rockies.
Late in the film, Harry and Lloyd discover the money in Mary’s briefcase and decide to use it (replacing it with I.O.U.s) until they can find her. Their big purchase is a sexy, red Lamborghini Diablo.
Dumb and Dumber Review
Dumb and Dumber is great for a number of reasons. The classic comedy is of course great for laughs over and over again, and it tells a very simple story in an incredibly entertaining way. It mixes humor and romance and even adds some thrills in near the end.
But most importantly, it is a true “bro” bonding movie that highlights the importance of friendship. Harry and Lloyd have a lot to run from back home, and a lot to run to in Aspen, but what viewers come to realize is that, wherever they are, as long as they are together, they are okay. As cheesy as that sounds, their journey together solidifies their friendship. While they may be entirely too stupid to recognize this consciously, they have been brought closer by the trip with one another. Despite everything else they might lose, they have that friendship. And I think that’s pretty neat.
I definitely recommend this movie to everyone. Please, go watch it now.
- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.