Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, collectively referred to as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors. They have made eleven films, including Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Hall Pass, Me, Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Osmosis Jones, There's Something About Mary, Fever Pitch (also known as The Perfect Catch outside America), the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid, The Three Stooges, and Dumb and Dumber To.
The filmmaking duo—Peter Farrelly (left) and Bobby Farrelly (right)—at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
|Occupation||Film directors, screenwriters, producers|
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
They frequently depict able-bodied people as stupid (Dumb and Dumber), while disabled people are either more aspirational (Shallow Hal, Stuck on You) or gifted (Me, Myself & Irene).
|1994||Dumb and Dumber||Peter Farrelly||Yes||Yes|
|1998||There's Something About Mary||Yes||No||Yes|
|2000||Me, Myself & Irene||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2001||Say It Isn't So||No||Yes||No|
|Osmosis Jones||Yes||Yes||No||Live action scenes|
|2003||Stuck on You||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2007||The Heartbreak Kid||Yes||No||Yes|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2013||Movie 43||Peter Farrelly||Peter Farrelly||No|
|2014||Dumb and Dumber To||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2018||Green Book||Peter Farrelly||Peter Farrelly||Peter Farrelly||Academy Award for Best Picture winner|
|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||2 episodes; Director|
- Are The Farrelly Brothers Breaking Up?-CinemaBlend
- Pringle, Gill (2011) "A fresh pass from the Farrelly brothers", The Independent, March 4, 2011; retrieved May 8, 2011.
- 10 Farrelly Brothers Secrets You Didn't Know| Hollywood Reporter
- "Ability Magazine: Farrelly Brothers". Retrieved 2012-04-06.