Peter Farrelly (born December 17, 1956) and Bobby Farrelly (born June 17, 1958) are American screenwriters and directors, professionally known as the Farrelly brothers. 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;[2] and Dumb and Dumber To.

Early life

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

Each of the brothers' first four films (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene) has a plot centering around 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 diverse 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, 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]

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).

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

Filmography

Film credits

The Farrelly brothers have collaborated on the following films:

YearTitleDirectorsProducersWritersNote(s)
1994Dumb and DumberYesYesYes
1996KingpinYes
1998There's Something About MaryYesYes
1999Outside ProvidenceYesYes
2000Me, Myself & IreneYesYesYes
2001Say It Isn't SoYes
Osmosis JonesYesYesLive action scenes
Shallow HalYesYesYes
2003Stuck on YouYesYesYes
2005Fever PitchYes
The RingerYes
2007The Heartbreak KidYesYes
2011Hall PassYesYesYes
2012The Three StoogesYesYesYes
2014Dumb and Dumber ToYesYesYesSequel to Dumb and Dumber

Television credits

YearTitleNote(s)
1992Seinfeld1 episode: "The Virgin"; Co-writers
2002Ozzy and DrixExecutive Producers; animated series
2008Unhitched1 episode: "Pilot"; Director, producers