Is there a perfect movie? In my sermon last Sunday, I suggested that the perfect movie is A Few Good Men. I've said that the perfect comedy is Election, as I've written in this space. However, Dumb and Dumber occupies a special place in my heart. I know that it's got a little bit of a rep for being, er...dumb, but Jim Carrey (with the stunning exception of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has never been better. This film boasts some of the classic-est lines in the history of the world:
"What's the soup du jour?"
"It's the soup of the day."
"Mmm. That sounds good. I'll have that."
"Tell her I've got a rapist wit."
"What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me ending up together?"
"Not good...like...one out of a hundred?"
"More like one out of a million."
"So..you're telling me there's a chance! YEAH!"
And maybe best of all:
" Hey guys. Woah, Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later."
Dumb and Dumber is a classic tale of the search for true love through a haze of skull-crushing stupidity. It's very human, with Jim Carrey's Lloyd telling his friend Harry, "You know what I'm sick and tired of, Harry? I'm sick and tired of having to eke my way through life. I'm sick and tired of being a nobody...But most of all, I'm sick and tired of having nobody." Who cannot feel this?
If you haven't seen Dumb and Dumber, give it a chance. If you've seen it and hated it, give it another chance. If you've seen it and hated it twice, give up on it. If you've seen it and loved it, call me, and we'll watch it together, laughing until we cry.
"Man, you are one pathetic loser! No offense."
Great Movie No One Has Ever Seen: Wag the Dog, 1997 (Barry Levinson)