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Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Career high point: "There's Something About Mary"
Career low point: "Osmosis Jones"
How to fix it: In a business where bad behavior is routinely rewarded, there are few people as genuinely good and decent as Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Loyal to their casts and crews, generous to a fault in the way they treat the people who work for and with them, they helped usher in an era of R-rated comedy that has passed them by in many ways. "There's Something About Mary" looks more like a commercial fluke now than it did following the hot streak of "Dumb & Dumber" and "Kingpin." There are fans for films like "Shallow Hal," "Stuck On You," "The Heartbreak Kid," and even "Hall Pass," but they've never really managed to capture lightning in a bottle again. Now with "The Three Stooges," they've realized a passion project but audiences seem unresponsive to the trailer. They've got enough weight left to produce and help usher in new voices that could connect with audiences, so maybe the best option for them now is to help protect new talent instead of turning to a "Dumb and Dumber" sequel.
- Drew McWeeny