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Movie Jail: This week's defendants are...The Farrelly Brothers!

Sep. 17, 2012by:

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendants


The Farrelly Brothers

The Case

The Prosecution: Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid, Osmosis Jones, Shallow Hal, The Three Stoogges, Stuck on You*

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, it's rare that we put a duo on trial for Movie Jail, but after viewing the most recent travesty that is The Three Stooges, the prosecution feels that one Farrelly can't assume sole responsibility, so we're throwing both on the stand. What happened with these two? Some time in the early 2000s, the boys seemed content to ride the wave of early successes into the comfortable breaker of mediocrity. In fact, the boys haven't had a a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes since 2005's Fever Pitch, a movie that critics were far kinder to than they should've been. The aforementioned Stooges and most recently, the lackluster Hall Pass (which received a 32% critic rating and 42% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes) has forced the prosectution's hand to put an end to this shit show.

The Defense: There's Something About Mary, Hall Pass, Outside Providence (producers), Kingpin, Me Myself & Irene, Dumb & Dumber*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, are there any other string of comedies that so clearly molded and shaped the landscape for the 90s? For us, the defense, not a fucking chance. Look at the defendants' first set of movies in 1994: Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary. Those are three movies that fans look back on and consider "classics". We love Me Myself & Irene but understand the weirdness of it all could turn folks off. We make no excuse for some of their less than stellar movies at the turn of the millenium, but what comedic team doesn't suffer some bumps in the road? For all the prosecution's bitching and whining about their most recent fair, Hall Pass wasn't terrible, and while The Three Stooges wasn't an overall good movie, the boys were able to pull some decent performances from said Stooges. We still believe the defendants possess the necessary comedic chops to deliver solid movies in the future, and the court should recognize this and move for an acquittal of all charges.


IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with The Farrelly Brothers? Have they reached their peak? Are their best days behind them? Is it possible that Hall Pass is a step in the right direction into being welcomed into the good graces of comedy fans? Should we hold out hope for another great Farrelly Brothers movie? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, are The Farrelly Brothers GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Lets hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Mr. Oliver Stone NOT GUILTY of all charges. The jury found that Oliver Stone, while controversial and heavily political, has still made some of the best movies of the past 30 years. Not to mention, Stone wrote Scarface and incorporated sequences in Natural Born Killers off his own drug experiences. So put that in your pipe and smoke, then main line it in your veins, put on The Doors and ride the snake. The ancient snake, baby.

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12:06PM on 01/22/2013

Guilty, Sir

I consider them gulity right off the bat, because they screwed up the Three Stooges. I mean here is a all time classic comedy team and Hollywood gives the chance for a movie to the Farrelly Bros. They basically put the Stooges in modern times and threw in a stupid plot....they should have picked an old classic stooges episode and modernized it a little and called it good. (you can tell I am a Stooges fan)
Besides Dumb and Dumber, Something About Mary...they are gulity.
I consider them gulity right off the bat, because they screwed up the Three Stooges. I mean here is a all time classic comedy team and Hollywood gives the chance for a movie to the Farrelly Bros. They basically put the Stooges in modern times and threw in a stupid plot....they should have picked an old classic stooges episode and modernized it a little and called it good. (you can tell I am a Stooges fan)
Besides Dumb and Dumber, Something About Mary...they are gulity.
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5:41PM on 09/18/2012

Guilty

Their early work was good, and mostly holds up. But there's no excuse for something as trite as "Hall Pass" and that's the problem. They aren't trying to reinvent the wheel anymore, just coast long, and that is boring.
Their early work was good, and mostly holds up. But there's no excuse for something as trite as "Hall Pass" and that's the problem. They aren't trying to reinvent the wheel anymore, just coast long, and that is boring.
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5:19AM on 09/18/2012
Well this will be my first ever guilty verdict on here & here is why IMHO. These guys started very hot early in their careers with the trifecta of Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin & There's Something About Mary. I even enjoyed Me,Myself & irene & even Osmosis Jones was fun. Yet pretty much after those movies it just seemed like they had outweighed their welcome with remakes & simply just trying too hard. One can probably blame the Apatow movies also for their downfall because his were raunchy but with
Well this will be my first ever guilty verdict on here & here is why IMHO. These guys started very hot early in their careers with the trifecta of Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin & There's Something About Mary. I even enjoyed Me,Myself & irene & even Osmosis Jones was fun. Yet pretty much after those movies it just seemed like they had outweighed their welcome with remakes & simply just trying too hard. One can probably blame the Apatow movies also for their downfall because his were raunchy but with heart & good stories. Hall Pass was proof of trying to get back into that territitory & while it had funny parts, the golfing while stoned scene was funny. There was also no damn excuse for the 3 Stooges movies period. Now it seems they will try again to make a sequel to their first hit Dumb & Dumber, which can only work if Jim Carrey returns also.
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3:18AM on 09/18/2012
Guilty
Their schtick has grown old. They're a two-hit wonder whose jokes got old real quick after those two hits. Since then, they haven't done anything worthwhile and their movies have fallen flat every time.
Guilty
Their schtick has grown old. They're a two-hit wonder whose jokes got old real quick after those two hits. Since then, they haven't done anything worthwhile and their movies have fallen flat every time.
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10:13PM on 09/17/2012

Probation

Because I want to believe they are still capable of delivering something decent again.

Also, throw me in on enjoying Osmosis Jones and Stuck On You. For what they are about, they are pretty enjoyable flicks with some nice heart thrown in.
Because I want to believe they are still capable of delivering something decent again.

Also, throw me in on enjoying Osmosis Jones and Stuck On You. For what they are about, they are pretty enjoyable flicks with some nice heart thrown in.
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9:41PM on 09/17/2012

Guilty!

I would like to point out that I like OSMOSIS JONES (the animated portions at least). I still think they're guilty though. Sure, they've done funny movies like DUMB AND DUMBER and THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, but were those movies really that great? Was there anything to them besides some funny gross-out humor? No. They're not smart and they're not clever, so I don't think they make up for the newer pieces of crap these guys are shoveling out.
I would like to point out that I like OSMOSIS JONES (the animated portions at least). I still think they're guilty though. Sure, they've done funny movies like DUMB AND DUMBER and THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, but were those movies really that great? Was there anything to them besides some funny gross-out humor? No. They're not smart and they're not clever, so I don't think they make up for the newer pieces of crap these guys are shoveling out.
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9:22PM on 09/17/2012

Guilty

I love Dumb & Dumber and King Pin, and even Shallow Hal had it's moments.. But they haven't really put out anything that compares to the days of Big Ern in the last 15 years. The Stooges movie alone should get them ten to life.
I love Dumb & Dumber and King Pin, and even Shallow Hal had it's moments.. But they haven't really put out anything that compares to the days of Big Ern in the last 15 years. The Stooges movie alone should get them ten to life.
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8:58PM on 09/17/2012

NOT GUILTY

This site has had recent praise over a possible Dumb & Dumber sequel. Also, everyone says that if the sequel gets made, it should ONLY be directed by the Farrelly Brothers. That should be evidence alone that they are not guilty. Say what you will about them, but they are the only ones that have enough balls to attempt the quirky comedies that they do. ***on a side note, I think these articles would work better with two different writers. So that way the writer isnt writing for defense and
This site has had recent praise over a possible Dumb & Dumber sequel. Also, everyone says that if the sequel gets made, it should ONLY be directed by the Farrelly Brothers. That should be evidence alone that they are not guilty. Say what you will about them, but they are the only ones that have enough balls to attempt the quirky comedies that they do. ***on a side note, I think these articles would work better with two different writers. So that way the writer isnt writing for defense and prosecution.***
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9:44PM on 09/17/2012
I see your point re the prosecution and defense, but at the end of the day, the people on this here STRIKE BACK section, decide the fate of the defendant on trial, not the writer or the site. So if there's an issue with the verdict, it all lies with the readers of the article.
I see your point re the prosecution and defense, but at the end of the day, the people on this here STRIKE BACK section, decide the fate of the defendant on trial, not the writer or the site. So if there's an issue with the verdict, it all lies with the readers of the article.
7:52PM on 09/17/2012
Guilty!! Dumb and Dumber was good but they haven't made anything good or iconic like that movie since then. How about Jeff Daniels for the next one?
Guilty!! Dumb and Dumber was good but they haven't made anything good or iconic like that movie since then. How about Jeff Daniels for the next one?
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5:22PM on 09/17/2012

Guilty

I've never been huge fans of them...I like maybe one or two films but that's it.

Which brings me to the next defendant Jim Carrey
I've never been huge fans of them...I like maybe one or two films but that's it.

Which brings me to the next defendant Jim Carrey
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3:37PM on 09/17/2012

GUILTY!!

I guess this will be one of those times when everyone agrees to send these douches to the electric chair...

Why do they keep funding their crap??!
I guess this will be one of those times when everyone agrees to send these douches to the electric chair...

Why do they keep funding their crap??!
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3:16PM on 09/17/2012

GUILTY

They've done great work before, but I've gotta say guilty. Also, Hall Pass SUCKED. I really don't get what people saw in it.
They've done great work before, but I've gotta say guilty. Also, Hall Pass SUCKED. I really don't get what people saw in it.
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2:29PM on 09/17/2012

Guilty.

I wouldn't let these guy direct traffic/
I wouldn't let these guy direct traffic/
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2:26PM on 09/17/2012

Guilty...

Because whatever they did in the '90s that made their stuff work, well, it ain't working any more. Maybe that means they need to retire, maybe they were just a flash in the pan, but while these guys could infuse their gross-out humor with the sort of passion that is rare in that brand, I think they might've lost it. Their movies used to be great trash, but the freshness of their ideas vanished, so now it's just trash. And hey, even regular trash can be fun to watch sometimes, but rarely is it
Because whatever they did in the '90s that made their stuff work, well, it ain't working any more. Maybe that means they need to retire, maybe they were just a flash in the pan, but while these guys could infuse their gross-out humor with the sort of passion that is rare in that brand, I think they might've lost it. Their movies used to be great trash, but the freshness of their ideas vanished, so now it's just trash. And hey, even regular trash can be fun to watch sometimes, but rarely is it memorable.
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1:59PM on 09/17/2012

Not Guilty.

They're not because I never thought they were great, they're just average, so I never really had high standards for them.

I love Dumb and Dumber though.
They're not because I never thought they were great, they're just average, so I never really had high standards for them.

I love Dumb and Dumber though.
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1:26PM on 09/17/2012

GUILTY

I hate to say it as, Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary and Me Myself & Irene are all golden (props for also including the vastly underrated Outside Providence btw) but their recent films including Hall Pass have left me feeling like I'm being punished for being a fan instead of rewarded. Especially Heartbreak Kid.How could they fuck up a movie with so much Malin Akerman nudity!? I have faith in Dumb & Dumber To but even that movie would have to be the greatest comedy of all
I hate to say it as, Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary and Me Myself & Irene are all golden (props for also including the vastly underrated Outside Providence btw) but their recent films including Hall Pass have left me feeling like I'm being punished for being a fan instead of rewarded. Especially Heartbreak Kid.How could they fuck up a movie with so much Malin Akerman nudity!? I have faith in Dumb & Dumber To but even that movie would have to be the greatest comedy of all time to make up for the Farrelly's post 2000 output. Guilty as charged!
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12:04PM on 09/17/2012

Guilty

Never liked them or the 'gross out' bandwagon that followed. "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber" are fun but lets face it, they hold up as lowbrow entertainment at most.
Never liked them or the 'gross out' bandwagon that followed. "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber" are fun but lets face it, they hold up as lowbrow entertainment at most.
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11:45AM on 09/17/2012

Oh btw...

Guilty as charged...Throw the book at em ur honna!
Guilty as charged...Throw the book at em ur honna!
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11:43AM on 09/17/2012

Stone didn't write NBK...

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"The film is based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino that was heavily revised by Stone with writer Dave Veloz and associate producer Richard Rutowski."

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"The film is based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino that was heavily revised by Stone with writer Dave Veloz and associate producer Richard Rutowski."

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11:52AM on 09/17/2012
You're right. I just meant that he incorporated some sequences into NBK based off mushroom trips. I updated the article.
You're right. I just meant that he incorporated some sequences into NBK based off mushroom trips. I updated the article.
12:46PM on 09/17/2012
Ok, I got ya....
Ok, I got ya....
11:39AM on 09/17/2012
I'd say put them on probation. I notice that their movies as of late haven't been up to their standards (i.e. There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself & Irene) is because of their scripts, their materials. Given the right stuffs, their movies might be good.
I'd say put them on probation. I notice that their movies as of late haven't been up to their standards (i.e. There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself & Irene) is because of their scripts, their materials. Given the right stuffs, their movies might be good.
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11:25AM on 09/17/2012
Guilty. With possibility of parole.
Guilty. With possibility of parole.
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11:01AM on 09/17/2012

Guilty

They've made some good and funny films but they're bad films are a lot worse than their good films are good. If that makes any sense.
They've made some good and funny films but they're bad films are a lot worse than their good films are good. If that makes any sense.
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10:59AM on 09/17/2012
The Heartbreak Kid is much funnier than Irene, and Stuck on you was good too. Both movies were box office flops but not bad at all. The stooges is not terrible, the actors did a solid job, but the brothers could have done something better with it. I still like Farrellys movies, and Hall pass is the evidence that they are better in R rated flicks. Not guilty!
The Heartbreak Kid is much funnier than Irene, and Stuck on you was good too. Both movies were box office flops but not bad at all. The stooges is not terrible, the actors did a solid job, but the brothers could have done something better with it. I still like Farrellys movies, and Hall pass is the evidence that they are better in R rated flicks. Not guilty!
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10:56AM on 09/17/2012

Not guilty...

They've directed some of my all-time favourite comedies and I thought HALL PASS was hilarious.
They've directed some of my all-time favourite comedies and I thought HALL PASS was hilarious.
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10:53AM on 09/17/2012

This is a tough call

Much of their work is classic. Though I think Hall Pass may fall under the Prosecution's case. But even when they are bad, their not THAT bad. I havent seen their latest work (Stooges. One g by the way) so this jury is hung but leaning towards NOT guilty.
Much of their work is classic. Though I think Hall Pass may fall under the Prosecution's case. But even when they are bad, their not THAT bad. I havent seen their latest work (Stooges. One g by the way) so this jury is hung but leaning towards NOT guilty.
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10:53AM on 09/17/2012

GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!

They should be thrown in to a cell with Adam Sandler and a shiv and have to fight to the death. They haven't had anything good in YEARS! I don't see how they keep getting director jobs. Hall Pass was not funny at all. It was just sad. The Heartbreak Kid broke my heart. I just can't bring myself to watch the Three Stooges.
They should be thrown in to a cell with Adam Sandler and a shiv and have to fight to the death. They haven't had anything good in YEARS! I don't see how they keep getting director jobs. Hall Pass was not funny at all. It was just sad. The Heartbreak Kid broke my heart. I just can't bring myself to watch the Three Stooges.
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10:44AM on 09/17/2012
Stuck on You belongs in the Defense. Its as funny as any one-joke comedy could hope to be. And how can anyone not like Osmosis Jones? Its a kid's movie that has Bill Murray's zit exploding pus on Molly Shannon.

Not. Not. NOT Guilty.

Next week I accuse Ryan Reynolds.
Stuck on You belongs in the Defense. Its as funny as any one-joke comedy could hope to be. And how can anyone not like Osmosis Jones? Its a kid's movie that has Bill Murray's zit exploding pus on Molly Shannon.

Not. Not. NOT Guilty.

Next week I accuse Ryan Reynolds.
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