Dumb and Dumber To
Dumb and Dumber To
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, John Morris, Bennett Yellin
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French, Kathleen Turner, Gregory Fears, Bill Murray, Tembi Locke, Paul Blackthorne, Brady Bluhm, Eddie Shin
Synopsis: 20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references
3 / 10
- Jeff and Jim still have great chemistry together
- The clever joke about the film being over twenty years late was kind of funny.
- The entire story is nothing more than a rehash of what happened from the first movie.
- Most of the jokes aren't original, as it's plainly obvious they're mostly rehashed jokes. Or, they're different variations of the same jokes we saw from the first one.
Same old duo, along with the same old jokes being retold again..oh my...
Before I start this review, I have something of a confession to make to all my readers. Back in the nineties, Jim Carrey was my favorite actor in Hollywood. In fact, there used to be a time when I couldn't help but love most of his films. Don't get me wrong, I"m not saying I loathe all his movies now. In fact, I still find some of his comedies like "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", "Dumb and Dumber", and "The Mask" to be quite hilarious.
Hell, I even like some of the dramas that he's made like "Man on the Moon", "Truman Show", "The Majestic" and etc. Although I can't say I've liked all of his film such as "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" and "When the Grinch Stole Christmas", to name a few. However, I did grow up liking most of his films, and I still do even to this day. Granted, i don't hold him up there as my all time favorite actor anymore, but I do feel he's vastly underrated.
Sadly, I can't ignore the fact that "Dumb and Dumber To" is nothing more than a desperate attempt to capitalize off an old film that came out ages ago. Although the characters are older, the premise is exactly the same as the first movie. Two moronic idiots go on a road trip to find a girl. Along the way, they pick up someone that's trying to kill them. They do things to annoy the living hell out of this person. Somehow the person gets killed. They inevitably find girl, but there's some intricate plot device that involves Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) being used as a means to track down the bad guys. Guns go off, but everything seemingly works out for the girl they were looking for.
Lloyd and Harry learn nothing from their experiences, and continue being stupid. The end. Sure, the circumstances and scenarios are different, but it's still same damn story. Nothing is different, as even most of the jokes are the same from the first one. Seriously if you watch both this one and the first "Dumb and Dumber" film, then you'll swear your watching the same damn story. Recycled jokes and everything. Every joke that's written in this feature is either a rehash, or it's a different variation of the same joke told from the first one.
For instance. In the first film, Lloyd asked a guy if he wanted to hear the most annoying sound in the world, and then proceeded by yelling in the guy's ear. In this sequel, Lloyd asks Harry, "You want to hear the second most annoying sound in the world?" From there, Lloyd pushes on a doorbell obsessively like a kid, and it prompts the old lady to come out screaming at them. It's essentially same damn joke, with a different spin on it. Hell, sometimes this film doesn't even try to disguise the fact that it's essentially rehashing some of the old jokes.
Here's another example of what I'm talking about. Like the first movie, Lloyd fantasizes about the girl that him and Harry are pursuing. This leads to Lloyd inevitably having some exotic fantasy that involves going out on a date with this girl, and it inevitably leads to him having to kick some guy's a** to look heroic. Followed by a love scene, where her chest is replaced by some car piece. If "Black Sheep" is considered a rip off of "Tommy Boy", then "Dumb and Dumber To" is basically a rip off of it's prequel.
Granted, there's some new jokes that "Dumb and Dumber To" does, where it involves Lloyd pretending to have Parkinson's disease for twenty years after the events of the first movie.
Lloyd snaps out of it eventually, and they have a good laugh about it. Harry asks Lloyd about wouldn't it have been just as funny if he had only done this prank for ten to five years versus twenty; to which Lloyd replies, "Yeah but not as funny!"
Of course, this is obviously a clever joke poking fun at the fact that this sequel is coming out over twenty years after the original's release. Plus, it's hammered home even further by the end credit scene, where it's suggested that we'll see another sequel in 2034. Wow, I guess I know when the next "Dumb and Dumber" movie will come out.
Sadly, apart from that clever joke where the film poked fun at itself, the rest of it wasn't that humorous. As I mentioned before, everything about this film was nothing more than a rehash of the old film. Sure, the scenarios are different. The characters are older, and it has a few new characters to play around with. However, the movie itself is nothing more than a gigantic bore. Nothing about this was original, as it seemed like all they did was rewrite the script for the original "Dumb and Dumber."
Granted, I may have been one of the few people that thought "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" was a huge piece of s***, but at least that film tried to be different from it's predecessor. It didn't follow the exact same story arc, and the jokes were different too. Sure, the movie still sucked, but it tried; which is more than what I can say about "Dumb and Dumber To."
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still have a great rapport with each other, but it's sad that we're having to see them do the exact same jokes that were funnier twenty years ago, when it was fresh.
Now, it just seems sad and pathetic. You want my personal advice? Just stick to the original "Dumb and Dumber" movie, and pretend this one doesn't exist. Trust me, you won't be missing anything, as both films have almost identical premises anyway. Plus, if you've seen the original, then all you're going to see is different variations of the same jokes from the first one. Definitely worth a miss if you ask me.
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