There are a lot of people who don’t even know who the Farrelly brothers are. Those same people however would easily recognize some of their greatest hits, as the brothers have made some of the funniest and most off the wall movies ever to be seen in the past two decades. Their sense of humor and their excellent directing has brought to life some of the most memorable moments in film that people still talk about to this day.
Here are our picks for the top five Farrelly Brothers movies
5. Me, Myself and Irene (2000)
There were just all kinds of wrong in this movie, from the moment Jim Carrey’s character, Charlie, turns into the vicious and narcissistic Hank, nothing seems to go right. Hank is the kind of persona that a lot of us might think isn’t necessary, but in truth is just years worth of repression trying to get out. For everything good thing that happened because of Hank about four or five bad things happened to Charlie. As a cautionary tale about keeping your emotions in check for too long, this film was definitely on point.
4. Hall Pass (2011)
Marriage can be tough, and it can be trying for both parties. The idea of a hall pass is something that many wives might never even think of acceding to, but in this case it made for one memorable if not well-received movie. This is a good representation of what happens to men after they’ve been married for so long and are then left to go out on their own without fear of repercussions for a night of fun and debauchery. Let’s face it guys, once we’re happy with the same woman for so long our single days are bound to be just a distant memory.
3. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Once again the Farrelly brothers seem to push hilarity and edge of your seat humor to the brink. From the “we’ve got a bleeder!” moment to the cringe-worthy peep shot of the old woman in the window viewers were likely just waiting each minute to see what might come next, and if they would have to hide their eyes. As comedies go this one was a classic, though it certainly pushed the envelope unlike any other film before it.
2. Kingpin (1996)
Sometimes it seems that films are made just to push one gimmick after another. In Kingpin there is definitely a point to be made, but the hilarity that ensues throughout the feature sometimes makes it difficult to see. While Randy Quaid doesn’t exactly come off as the most believable character, Roy Munson is without a doubt the epitome of sleaze with just enough of a heart to be worthy of redemption.
1. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
The epitome of funny for its time and many years after, this film reminds all of us just how lucky we are to be educated, thinking individuals. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took comedy to a level that no one suspected was possible in their time. The acting was on point and the gags and one-liners were sometimes a little over the top but never really too much. Plus, how awesome was it to see Jim Carrey spoof a martial arts scene?
*Shout out to Shallow Hal and Stuck on You
You might not fully understand their sense of humor, and you might not think that some of the material they add in is that funny, but one thing you can give to the Farrelly brothers is that they know how to make a ridiculous movie plot make sense. If nothing else, they certainly know how to entertain and make people laugh.