Dumb And Dumber’s Peter Farrelly’s latest film is Ricky Stanicky for Amazon Prime Video. Here’s the trailer and some details…
The Farrelly Brothers will forever be synonymous with slapstick, gross-out comedies like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, both of which are, gag for gag, among the funniest films of the 1990s.
Apart from belated sequel Dumb and Dumber To in 2014, the brothers have concentrated on solo projects. In recent years, Peter Farrelly has directed acclaimed 2018 film Green Book, while Bobby directed underrated 2023 comedy Champions.
Peter’s latest film is Ricky Stanicky, a comedy which sounds a bit like Drop Dead Fred or Ted. The synopsis reads as follows:
When three childhood best friends pull a prank gone wrong, they invent the imaginary Ricky Stanicky to get them out of trouble! Twenty years after creating this “friend,” Dean, JT, and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino, Jermaine Fowler) still use the nonexistent Ricky as a handy alibi for their immature behavior. When their spouses and partners get suspicious and demand to finally meet the fabled Mr. Stanicky, the guilty trio decide to hire washed-up actor and raunchy celebrity impersonator “Rock Hard” Rod (John Cena) to bring him to life. But when Rod takes his role of a lifetime too far, they begin to wish they’d never invented Ricky in the first place.
The cast also includes Lex Scott Davis, Anja Savcic, Jeff Ross and William H Macy.
Farrelly directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Bushell, Brian Jarvis, James Lee Freeman, Pete Jones and Mike Cerrone.
While we’re on the subject of comedy films about imaginary friends, I’d like to advise anybody who hasn’t seen it to seek out the aforementioned Drop Dead Fred, for no other reason than it is one of the most underrated comedies of the 1990s which is simultaneously a slapstick comedy and a dark tale of psychological torment. And it has lots of Rik Mayall being, well, Rik Mayall.
Ricky Stanicky will stream on Amazon Prime Video from the 7th March. Here’s a trailer…