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Dumb and Dumber

In honor of ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ opening Friday, watch 11 dumbest movie brothers, from Fredo to Bart Simpson. By Marlow Stern.

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Chet Donnelly—‘Weird Science’

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Let’s face it: Bill Paxton is always at his best when he’s playing stupid (see every James Cameron film with him in it). In John Hughes’s 1985 cult classic, Paxton stepped into his dumbest role to date—Chet Donnelly, a moronic military-school student who tortures his younger brother, Wyatt. With his flattop haircut, ever-present wife-beater, and buck teeth, he struts around the house smoking cigars, giving his brother wedgies, and extorting money from him. He eventually gets his comeuppance when the superhuman Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), transforms him into a Jabba the Hutt–like creature in order to teach him a lesson about bullying.

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