Tough But Tender Teens
I've heard Peter and Bobby Farrelly's work characterized as silly, disgusting and shameless, but rarely heartwarming. Yet to some extent, all their films together share a certain sentimental quality, almost an innocence?no mean feat considering they're the kind of guys who get laughs from mangled penises and semen-as-hair-gel (There's Something about Mary), explosive diarrhea (Dumb and Dumber) and the old milking-the-bull gag (Kingpin). In their own demented and juvenile way, they believe in the redemptive power of love?romantic love between men and women and gruff love between men. Their real subject is the eternal adolescence of American manhood, which they both spoof and celebrate.