Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Dumb & Dumberer

July 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

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Movies that scarred me for life is all about the movies that keep you up at night.  The horrors you just can’t seem to get out of your head.  But beyond the monsters, ghosts, slashers and aliens, there are also the cringe worthy films you wish you never saw.  Movies that made you wish you had the lost two hours of your life back.  There are tons of ways a movie can scar you for life.  This series will look at 12 of my personal favorites.

Dumb & Dumberer

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The original Dumb & Dumber is pretty much my favorite comedy of all time.  It’s hard to find someone in my generation who won’t laugh at least a little if someone yells:

“You sold my dead bird to a blind kid!?”

Or…

“Why you going to the airport?  Flying somewhere?”

The movie is full of quotes that dominated a lot of conversations I’ve had with my friends over the years.  Dumb & Dumber is a classic.  Plain and simple.

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THEN CAME DUMB & DUMBERER

There have been rumors for decades that a true sequel starring Jeff Daniels & Jim Carrey would arrive someday.  Lloyd Christmas himself even talked about the possibility not too long ago.  Sadly, we got a prequel instead.  Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd…

What a complete disaster.  The film tried desperately to duplicate the magic of the first film but failed at almost every turn.  If you are a die hard Harry & Lloyd fan this movie made you cringe.  Although, I will say they did a fantastic job casting the two leads.  I really wasn’t horrified by the acting at all.  It was the story that bothered me the most…

There is a very fine line you have to walk when creating a movie that is purposely dumb.  The first movie got it right.  The second movie was frustratingly bad and tainted the memories of Sea Bass, IOUs, TurboLax and “what if he shot you in the face?” 

Did we really need an imaginary pirate in the prequel?  Did the whole thing have to hinge on a special education program so a principal can steal some cash?  The first film was all about two idiots in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Yes that was an intentional quote too.)  Having someone scheme against them bothered me especially for a paltry 100 grand.

And don’t get me started on how they treated Freda Feltcher!

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For a while I was disappointed because there was so much wasted potential but I got over it.  Some movies should be left alone and Dumb and Dumber is one of them.  I suppose exceptions can be made if the Jim, Jeff & the Farrelly brothers return.  I’m not holding my breath.

It’s hard to watch some of your favorite characters get trashed on the big screen.  I watched Dumb & Dumberer ONE TIME and I’ve been trying to ignore it’s existence ever since.  Thankfully, I can still go back and watch one of the funniest movies ever made.

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“Boy this party really died…”

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10 Flicks: Awesome Comedy Duos

November 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

10 Flicks: Awesome Comedy Duos

When I was researching this post, I came across a bunch of lists that included some of the greatest comedy duos of all time.

Who am I to argue?

While I agree that teams like Abbott & Costello are untouchable in the comedy world, I can’t just name THE all time greats.

These are MY all time greats and it includes both old and new. A classic animated pair even made the list.

Here are the Top 10 Comedy Duos:

Honorable Mention: Seann William Scott & Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen & Paul Rudd, Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker

Walter Mathau & Jack Lemmon

Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson

Will Smith & Martin Lawrence

Kal Penn & John Cho

Michael Cera & Jonah Hill

Woody & Buzz Lightyear

John Candy & Steve Martin

Dwayne Johnson & Seann William Scott

Chris Farley & David Spade

Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels

PS: Dumb & Dumber fans…  Can you spot all the differences between this trailer and the actual film?  There are a few of them.

All Time Best: Quotable Movie Character

September 29, 2010 at 8:37 am

All Time Best: Quotable Movie Character

When it comes to narrowing down the all time best quotable CHARACTER there was never a doubt in my mind.

Yet I hesitated…

While my champion was obvious, I felt like I needed to pay tribute to the all time best quotable actor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Get to the choppah!”

Indeed, if this were a post about the King of the one-liners then there is no doubt who would reign supreme.

However, today is all about a single character.

One performance that stands above all others.  An impression that everyone has in their comedic repertoire.

Lloyd Christmas

All Time Best Quotable Movie Character

“We got no food, no jobs… our PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!”

“G’day mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie!”

“Woah, Big Gulps, huh? Well, see ya later.”

“Why you going to the airport? Flying somewhere?”

“Cannot, triple stamp, no erasies, Touch blue make it true.”

“WE’VE LANDED ON THE MOON!”

“I got robbed by a sweet old lady on a motorized cart. I didn’t even see it coming.”

Still with me?

Jim Carrey’s hilarious turn as Lloyd Christmas was the first and only choice for this post.  Although some credit has to go to his counterpart Harry Dunne played by Jeff Daniels and of course, The Farrelly Brothers.

There are simply too many amazing funny quotes to name.

I can honestly say I’ve never quoted any single character more than Lloyd.

What’s your all time best quotable movie character?

PS: Is this the funniest movie moment of all time?

A Christmas Carol Lacks Magic

December 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

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A few weeks ago, I talked about the box office draw of Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey.  I’m happy to report that it has grown some legs and still sits in the top 5 after 6 weeks.  However, the film has only grossed 124 million.  Add to that 118 million the film has made internationally you have a profitable film but you don’t have a runaway hit the studios were expecting.  The movie definitely won’t be counted amongst the all time classics or even the biggest hits of 2009.  Why?

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I saw the movie last night and I think I can answer that question.  The movie had no life, no surprises and definitely lacked laughs.  Going in I figured with Jim Carrey on board, they would inject some humor into the story.  Nope.  False alarm. It’s pretty much a straight adaptation of the story which can be a good thing except we already know what’s going to happen.

I’m a big fan of the story and I always will be.  I was literally sitting in the theater predicting lines of dialogue before they happened.  It’s safe to say I’ve seen a few movies based on Dickens’ book.  The filmmakers tried to change things up here and there with a couple different interpretations but not enough for me or anyone else in the theater to really care.

I honestly think A Christmas Carol depends on how much we love Bob Cratchit.  It’s vital to Scrooge’s transformation that we care about Cratchit and Tiny Tim.  I’m attached to Mickey and Kermit in the role because they had an impact in those movies.  This new version of Cratchit isn’t given much to do and barely makes an appearance in the first hour or so.  Truthfully, he’s actually pretty creepy looking so I was glad we didn’t see him often.

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He looks like that creepy blond demon guy from End Of Days

The whole subplot with Tiny Tim is told but it almost seems glazed over to focus more on Scrooge.  Once Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas, he has a small scene with Cratchit and it’s not really a big moment at all.  While I definitely loved how the movie looked in 3D, it lacked the Christmas magic you would expect.  It was even a little scary at certain points.  There’s no way I’m showing this movie to a little kid when I could put on Muppets or Disney instead.

I think that’s the true test of a Christmas film. If small children enjoy it you’ve succeeded.  (Grown ups who act like children also count.)  There were a number of children in the theater last night and I didn’t hear any of them laugh or react to the movie.  Neither did I.  Too bad really…