Lauren Holly

Dumb and Dumber

Year: 1994
Directed By: Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly
Written By: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, and Bennett Yellin

RYAN’S REVIEW

This film has given me almost twenty years of laughter and I am still laughing as we watch it now.  It’s worked out well that we reached this movie now as there has been talk of a sequel recently in the news. For whatever reason Jim Carrey‘s star has been falling for some time and he is beginning to revisit his old characters in an effort to get back on top.  However what I heard was that Carrey was watching this film and had an idea for the sequel and called the Farrelly brothers about it. That is an idea that intrigues me and I am very hopeful for the next film.  I am a big Jim Carrey fan and I would really like to see him get back to superstardom.

This was one of the roles that turned Carrey into a superstar in the mid 90s.  It gave him a lot of freedom to just do his thing and be funny and that’s exactly what he did.  He has great chemistry with Jeff Daniels, who also brings a lot to the movie.  I am a big fan of Jeff Daniels too, who is starring in a new HBO series that I am really looking forward to.  I saw a trailer for the show that set quite an impression, you can check it out here if you like. Together Carrey and Daniels made a duo that will always be making people laugh. Word is that Daniels is on board for the sequel so it will be really cool to see what these guys can come up with when they try it again. Lauren Holly looks fantastic in this movie. Although, as I said in a recent post I am not really a fan of hers.

I used to think the Farrelly brothers were two of the funniest filmmakers out there but as I have gotten older I have felt differently.  While they have made many really funny films that I loved and laughed at in my adolescents. Their movies tend to always center on a character suffering from some sort of disability.  Be it a film like this making fun of stupid people, fat and ugly (Shallow Hal), disabled (Kingpin), Siamese twins (Stuck on You),  or even the mentally handicapped (There’s Something About Mary and Me, Myself, & Irene). As I have grown older and matured these don’t really seem like appropriate things to make fun of so I don’t hold these two in such high regard any longer. I still enjoy a couple of their films but these are not appropriate things to laugh at, and I think it sets a bad example for younger generations.

If you haven’t seen this movie then where have you been for the last eighteen years? It is a timeless comedy that people will always be laughing at. This is a good movie to check out now with the possibility of a new sequel being made.  I have never seen the prequel movie made with different people and I haven’t heard very many good things about it. This movie is definitely worth your time, it has non-stop laughs and a great soundtrack.  It is worth a lot of your time if truth be told.

AMBER’S REVIEW

This is one of those few movies that my Dad let us watch when we were growing up. I can almost recite this movie word for word. I love it. I think it is hilarious in a way that no other actors could achieve. It takes me back to a place of being a child and thinking that farting and setting a fire was the funniest thing on Earth. If you haven’t seen this movie, then you are probably living under a rock. Or you are 15. In either case you need to see this film before they do the next one. I think it might be really cool to see those guys re-visit this after so many years. I am really looking forward to it.

NEXT MOVIE: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Year: 1993
Directed By: Rob Cohen
Written By: Robert Clouse & Linda Lee Caldwell (book). Edward Khmara, John Raffo, & Rob Cohen (screenplay)

RYAN’S REVIEW

Bruce Lee was one of the most enigmatic and incredible celebrities to ever live; a true icon who did not have enough time on this Earth.  What I have never understood is how a movie about him could receive such a low budget.  This movie enjoyed some box office success but it is a pretty generic film.  Something tells me this will not be the only Bruce Lee biopic though. With the lack of original ideas coming out of Hollywood it is only a matter of time before a big budget film is one day made about Bruce Lee.  The real problem is probably finding someone who can actually play the part of Lee.

This isn’t a great movie but I have always liked it and it is really good for what it is.  Jason Scott Lee is a poor substitute for the real deal but he isn’t bad.  He puts a lot of heart into the role and you can see that when you watch his performance. Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, was actually offered the part but he turned it down to take the role of The Crow. That is unfortunate as it was during the filming of that movie that Brandon was killed in a freak accident when live ammunition was in a gun instead of blanks. Lauren Holly isn’t bad in the movie either but I have never really been a fan of hers. If making this film had been a serious priority of Universal Studios then it wouldn’t have been put in the hands of Rob Cohen. He made a really campy movie about Bruce Lee. It isn’t a bad film but it isn’t great either.  Not only that but Cohen is way off track and deviates from the truth frequently.  Truth is, Bruce Lee deserves better. He was such an iconic person and a true legend.  Any attempt to make a film about his life should amount to more than what we see in this movie.

I do like this film though because I like Bruce Lee so much I will nearly watch anything about him.  This movie is to only be enjoyed though, and not taken seriously at all. It is a completely and thoroughly inaccurate portrayal of real events. For example, Lee never had his back broken in a fight.  That fight did take place but at a different location then what we see in the film and there was no rematch between the two.  There was also no vengeful brother who came after Lee during the shooting of The Big Boss. Those are just a couple of examples of the many inaccurate things seen in the movie. The soundtrack to the film nearly makes the film unbearable today too because it has been used regularly in trailers for the last 20 years. It makes the theme a bit too sappy as well.  I don’t know that this movie is really worth your time, but if you are a Bruce Lee fan then it is a must see, it’s all we got. Take it with a grain of salt though and do your own research, the real story is more than interesting enough.

AMBER’S REVIEW

Dragon, the story of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was a total bad ass and remains an icon. I love Bruce Lee. I do not love this movie. I find it really long and boring. It’s not a movie that I would recommend unless you like inaccurate accounts of historical figures.

NEXT MOVIE: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)