What 'Dumb and Dumber' Would Look Like if It Were an Indie Sneaker Hit at the Oscars

Did you know that if you squint really, really hard (and do a ton of re-editing) Dumb and Dumber actually looks like one of those hidden indie gems that sweeps the Oscars?

It's true! Mashable managed to turn the Farrelly Brothers' very first feature about dim-witted duo Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne into a touching, dramatic film with that cliché indie aesthetic -- road trips in the desert, weird haircuts, and southwestern attire. Check out the remixed trailer below!

I decided to conduct a little experiement after watching Mashable's remix. I showed it to a friend who 1.) isn't into indie film, and 2.) has never seen Dumb and Dumber (I was shocked, too) and they were like, "Ew, that looks like one of your stupid cinema films." Then when I revealed D&D's actually trailer to them, they replied, "No shit...that is not the same movie. Whoa...is it on Netflix?!!"

It's fascinating to see how a little editing can change absolutely everything about a story. Seeing Lloyd Christmas transform from a moron who tries to woo a woman by spending all of her money in order to reunite her with it to a lovelorn and deeply affected man truly makes you realize how much responsibility an editor has every time he/she sits down to work on their timelines.

(If you were thinking, "Which hidden indie gems that sweep the Oscars are you talking about?" I know -- but it happens -- sometimes. Nebraska -- but only if you count nominations.)     

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absolutely perfect! My wife would totally watch that movie! Amazing how you can cut a trailer so different from the actual film.

January 30, 2016 at 10:37PM

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Anton Doiron
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Didn't work. Just seemed like a goofball comedy with a poorly edited trailer.

January 31, 2016 at 12:44PM, Edited January 31, 12:44PM

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Andrew Klein
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" Then when I revealed D&D's actually trailer"

*actual

January 31, 2016 at 4:27PM

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Gareth Ng
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This is the reverse of when all of the comedic bits are in the trailer and the film turns out to be a boring drama advertised as a comedy.

February 4, 2016 at 10:52PM

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Ryan Gudmunson
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