And we continue with this series of 47 moments in film that I love. (Why 47?) Man, this is taking me forever. For #36, we continue looking at some of my favorite moments of comedy that I have enjoyed…
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Directed by: Peter & Bobby Farrelly
Dopey friends Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne embark on a road trip across the country in an effort to return a briefcase to a beautiful woman whom Harry has met, not knowing that the briefcase contains ransom money being paid for a kidnapped relative.
On their epic drive, Lloyd has to pee, and for whatever reason opts to do so in some empty beer bottles rather than in by the more traditional route. He ends up filling five bottles.
Of course, then the pair gets pulled over by a state trooper, and specifically a state trooper who is full of officious and condescending insults. “You fellows been doing a bit of boozin’, have ya? Suckin’ back on grampa’s old cough medicine?…Come on, give me that booze, you little pumpkin pie-haircutted freak, come on!”
And then of course, he takes a big swig of the stuff.
Dumb and Dumber is sort of the king of the dumb, gross-out comedy, but its consistently funny and enjoyable, and this short scene is a standout. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels (Lloyd and Harry) are both good here in their nervousness and horror, but the prize for the day belongs to actor and comedian Harland Williams, who makes the most out of his small role as the luckless State Trooper. It’s a sequence that at once makes you want to laugh and to vomit, and Williams give us a great little reaction.