Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, collectively referred to as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors.[1] They have made eleven films together,[2] including Dumb and Dumber, Outside Providence, and There's Something About Mary.

Farrelly brothers
The filmmaking duo—Peter Farrelly (left) and Bobby Farrelly (right)—at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
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Early life Edit

The brothers were raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island, and are of Irish descent. Following college, they pursued careers as television writers, notably for Seinfeld.

Themes Edit

Each of the brothers' first four films (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene) has a plot centering on a road trip. These trips all originate in Rhode Island, except for Kingpin, which begins in Pennsylvania. Their films make frequent use of slapstick and toilet humor, and are often populated with blunt, profane working-class characters in small roles. Many of their films contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event. The brothers are also noted for their soundtracks, which typically feature distinctive selections of classic and contemporary power pop and folk rock songs.

Sports are a common feature of their films and they have often cast sports stars (particularly from New England teams) for bit parts and cameo appearances, including Cam Neely, Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens, Brett Favre, Anna Kournikova, and Tom Brady.

The brothers have been praised and critiqued for the way they use the subject of disability in their films. Peter Farrelly has commented:

"The problem is not that we look down on these people, but rather that we look up at them and feel that they are better than us.... we revere them."

— Peter Farrelly[3]

Peter Farrelly has published books, including Outside Providence and The Comedy Writer.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Film work by the Farrelly brothers
Year Title Directors Writers Producers Note(s)
1994 Dumb and Dumber Yes Yes Yes Bobby uncredited as director
1996 Kingpin Yes No No
1998 There's Something About Mary Yes Yes No
1999 Outside Providence No Yes Yes Based on Peter Farrelly's 1988 novel of the same name.
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Yes Yes Yes
2001 Say It Isn't So No No Yes
Osmosis Jones Yes No Yes
Shallow Hal Yes Yes Yes
2003 Stuck on You Yes Yes Yes
2005 Fever Pitch Yes No No
The Ringer No No Yes
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Yes Yes No
2011 Hall Pass Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Three Stooges Yes Yes Yes
2013 Movie 43 Peter No Peter Winner of the Razzie Award for Worst Picture.
Segments "The Pitch", "The Catch" and "Truth or Dare" director
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Yes Yes Yes
2018 Green Book Peter Peter Peter Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
2022[4] The Greatest Beer Run Ever Peter Peter No
2023[5] Champions Bobby No No
TBA Dear Santa Bobby Yes Yes
Ricky Stanicky Peter Peter No

Television Edit

Television work by the Farrelly brothers
Year Title Note(s)
1992 Seinfeld 1 episode: "The Virgin"; Co-writers
2002 Ozzy & Drix Executive Producers; animated series
2008 Unhitched 1 episode: "Pilot"; Director, producers
2016 Trailer Park Boys 6 episodes; Director
2021 The Now

References Edit

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  2. ^ Are The Farrelly Brothers Breaking Up?-CinemaBlend
  3. ^ "Ability Magazine: Farrelly Brothers". Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  4. ^ "The Greatest Beer Run Ever (2022) - IMDb". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Champions (2023) - IMDb". IMDb.

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