I love Dumb & Dumber!

Somewhere around the 40th viewing of the comedy classic, “Dumb & Dumber” I began to notice life lessons emerge from the surprisingly profound film. This is what good art does. It captures your attention, then draws you in and gives you a deeper appreciation for the work.

I’m not sure the Farrelly Brothers had any deep intentions when writing and creating this film, but there are many nuggets of knowledge to be mined in this masterpiece. Wisdom the modern man can put to good use.

Here are fifteen of them.

1. Have a Dream

Lloyd: This isn’t my real job, you know.
Mary: No?
Lloyd: Nope. My friend Harry and I are saving up to open our own pet store.
Mary: That’s nice.
Lloyd: I got worms!
Mary: I beg your pardon?
Lloyd: That’s what we’re gonna call it. “I Got Worms!” We’re gonna specialize in selling worm farms. You know, like ant farms.

2. Always Look Ahead

[while looking back at Mary]
Lloyd: There’s really nothing to worry about Mary. Statistically, they say you’re more likely to get killed on the way to the airport. You know, like on a head on crash or flying off a cliff or getting trapped under a gas truck! That’s the worst! I have this cousin, well y’know, I had this cousin…
[Lloyd drives right through a red light, causing a fatal accident visible in the window]
Mary: Uh, Lloyd, could you keep your eyes on the road please?
Lloyd: Oh, yeah! Good thinking. You can’t be too careful. There are a lot of bad drivers out there.

3. Learn From Your Mistakes

Harry: Hi, Lloyd.
Lloyd: Hi, Harry.
Harry: How was your day?
Lloyd: Not bad. Fell off the jet way again.

4. Don’t Be Easily Offended

Harry: So you got fired again, eh?
Lloyd: Oh yeah. They always freak out when you leave the scene of an accident, you know?
Harry: Yeah, well, I lost my job too.
Lloyd: Man, you are one pathetic loser. No offense.
Harry: No, none taken.

5. Respect Your Elders

Lloyd: Excuse me, little old lady. Do you have change for a dollar?
Elderly woman: Change? No I’m sorry, I don’t.
Lloyd: Well, can you do me a favor and watch my stuff here while I go break a dollar?
Elderly woman: Of course.
Lloyd: Thanks. Hey, I guess they’re right. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. I’ll be right back. Don’t you go dying on me!
Harry: Where’s the booze?
Lloyd: I got robbed by a sweet old lady on a motorized cart. I didn’t even see it coming.

6. There’s Always Someone Worse Off Than You

Lloyd: We got no food, no jobs…our PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!

7. Pay Attention to Your Mate

Harry: Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something. I don’t know, I wasn’t really paying attention.

8. Avoid Misunderstandings

State Trooper: Pullover!
Harry: No, it’s a cardigan but thanks for noticing.
Lloyd: Yeah, killer boots man!

9. When You Get Knocked Down, Get Back Up

Harry: Just when I think you couldn’t do anything any dumber you go and do something like this… AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!

10. Friendliness Builds Bridges

[coming out of the 7-11]
Lloyd: Hey guys. Woah, Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later!

11. Whining Won’t Fix Your Problems

Lloyd: I’m only human, Harry! Come on! Stop being a baby. So we backtracked a tad!
Harry: A tad? A tad, Lloyd? You drove almost a sixth of the way across the country in the wrong direction! Now we don’t have enough money to get to Aspen, we don’t have enough money to get home, we don’t have enough money to eat, we don’t have enough money to sleep!
Lloyd: Well, it’s not gonna do us any good sitting here whining about it. We’re in a hole. We’re just going to have to dig ourselves out.

12. You Have More Than You Need

Harry: [shivering] Lloyd, I can’t feel my fingers, they’re numb!
Lloyd: Oh well here, take this extra pair of gloves, my hands are starting to get a little sweaty.
Harry: Extra gloves? You’ve had extra gloves this whole time?
Lloyd: Uh yea, we are in the Rockies. Jeez!

13. Wow People By Going the Extra Mile

Mary: This is incredible. You mean to say you drove 2000 miles, just for me?
Lloyd: I-I didn’t really have a-a lot to do… and I know how frustrating it can be to lose a bag.

14. Always Carry a Sense of Optimism

Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?
Mary: Well, Lloyd, that’s difficult to say. I mean, we don’t really…
Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

15. Don’t Miss the Opportunities Right in Front of You

Lloyd: [a large bus full of gorgeous women in bikinis pull up beside them and three step out]
Bikini Girl: Hi guys. We’re going on a national bikini tour, and we’re looking for two oil boys who can grease us off before each competition.
Harry: You are in luck! There’s a town about three miles that way. I’m sure you’ll find a couple guys there.
Bikini Girl: [baffled] Okay, thanks.
[the doors close and the bus drives off. After a second, Lloyd turns to Harry]
Lloyd: Do you realize what you’ve done?
[they run after the bus]
Lloyd: HEY! HEY!
Harry: Lloyd! Lloyd!
[the bus stops and opens the doors]
Lloyd: [panting] You’ll have to excuse my friend. He’s a little slow. The town is back *that* way.

What other lessons have you learned from Lloyd and Harry?

Quotes from IMDB.com