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THE HEARTBREAK KID

PETER and BOBBY FARRELLY are known for such outrageous hit comedies as "There's Something About Mary,” "Dumb and Dumber,” "Kingpin,” "Me, Myself & Irene,” "Shallow Hal,” "Stuck On You” and "Fever Pitch.” Through their production company Conundrum Entertainment, and with the blessing of the Special Olympics, they produced the "special” comedy "The Ringer” starring Johnny Knoxville.

It was in 1998 that the Farrellys' brand of humor really took the world by storm, with the riotous "There's Something About Mary” starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon. Hanging its twisted humor on unexpected plot turns and signature set pieces, the film was a comedic phenomenon, earning more than $350 million worldwide and garnering a New York Film Critics Circle Award (Best Actress for Cameron Diaz), the People's Choice Award for Best Comedy, two Golden Globe nominations (including Best Picture-Comedy) and four MTV Movie Awards. In addition, the Farrellys were honored as the 1999 ShoWest Screenwriters of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners.

The Farrellys' first break came when Eddie Murphy took a shine to Peter's debut script, "Dust to Dust” (which he wrote with a how-to manual). Peter moved to Los Angeles, followed shortly by Bobby, and the two broke out as a screenwriting team, churning out more than a dozen unproduced screenplays, several feature rewrites and a few television credits, including "Seinfeld's” infamous virgin episode. After almost a decade of work, the Farrellys still had not made a film, so they decided to take matters into their own hands and direct their next script. Culling heavily from "Dust to Dust,” they cranked out 1994's "Dumb and Dumber,” teaming Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in a flat-out celebration of stupidity, pratfalls and bodily functions. With Peter at the helm and Bobby co-producing, the low-budget comedy became a blockbuster, grossing more than $340 million worldwide and establishing the Farrellys as a hot Hollywood property.

The trademark Farrellys style of toying with taboos was born, and would continue with the bowling spoof "Kingpin,” the irreverent romantic comedy "There's Something About Mary,” the split personality comedy "Me, Myself & Irene,” the outrageous meditation on beauty "Shallow Hal,” and the foray into being brothers, "Stuck On You.” The brothers also broke away in 1998 to write and produce the coming-of-age comedy "Outside Providence.” Adapted with director/co-writer Michael Corrente from Peter's debut novel, the film opened to critical acclaim with Time's Richard Schickel praising its "unblinking frankness about our basic humanity.” Next up for the Farrellys is a project with 20th Century Fox entitled "Hall Pass” and one with DreamWorks Pictures, producing a remake of Francis Veber's "The Valet,” as well as a project they have been coveting for years, a feature version of the Three Stooges.

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