Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Director: Troy Miller
Writers: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Robert Brener, Troy Miller, Bennett Yellin
Cast: Timothy Stack, Mimi Rogers, Wayne Federman, Lucas Gregory, Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Luis Guzmán, Rachel Nichols, Elden Henson, Eugene Levy, Cheri Oteri, Holly Towne, Josh Braaten, Vahe Manoukian, William Lee Scott, Michelle Krusiec, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Posehn, Bob Saget, Julia Duffy
Synopsis: Set back in the 80s when Harry met Lloyd in high school where they cross paths with a mean principal and a bunch of other outcasts much like themselves.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, and for language
Note: This review is written in honor of "Dumb and Dumber To" that was released last year.
0 / 10
- Bob Saget and Brian Posehn were funny
- cinematography was decent
- Most of the actors were terrible in this movie
- Horrible pacing, as the film felt more like a three hour movie versus being eighty minutes
- Jokes weren't funny, and predictable
- Horrible script and extremely predictable story
- Absurd premise even for a film that's meant to be stupid.
- Horribly directed
- The young actors playing Harry and Lloyd have zero chemistry together, and seem like cheap knock offs of the original duo.
- Poorly underdeveloped characters.
As bad as "Dumb and Dumber To" was, this one makes it look like an Oscar contender by comparison
When this film was initially released, I remember watching an episode of "Ebert and Roeper" once, where one of them said that the film was horrible because they felt like it mocked children with mental disabilities; which is why I boycotted this movie for a very long time.
Before I start this review, I would like to confess to my readers that talking about mentally challenged kids is a bit of a sore subject for me. When I was a child, I too was placed in various special ed classes, and I was often the subject of bullying as a child because of it. Granted, I did manage to work my way up to being in resource classes, and I did inevitably graduate in a "normal" high school class.
It's because of this fact that I have often gone out of my way to not tell too many people about myself, and I can sometimes get easily offended by those that imply any kind of ignorance or lack knowledge about ANYTHING. Needless to say, I developed a huge inferiority complex as a child.
However, I have gotten better at controlling my emotions over the years, but it's still a constant battle that I struggle with on a daily basis. Sometimes I find myself wondering if people genuinely care about what I think, or maybe I'd be better off keeping my thoughts to myself. The point is when I heard about this movie ages ago, I knew that if I had seen it that I would probably be deeply offended by it; based on what Roeper and Ebert said about it on their show; hence I made it a conscious effort to avoid it.
However, in light of the new "Dumb and Dumber To" movie that came out last year, I decided to give "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" a shot. And to my surprise, I wasn't offended by it at all. Don't get me wrong, the film is still a piece of crap, but it's nowhere near as offensive, to people with mental disabilities, as Roeper and Ebert made it out to be.
As the title of this movie suggests, "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" is a prequel to the original "Dumb and Dumber." The story takes place back when Harry and Lloyd meet each other in high school, and it shows how they become best friends. Of course, the principal of their school is involved in some sort of scam to get rich off of their special needs class, which includes Harry and Lloyd. And, that's basically all you need to know about the movie, without giving away too much.
Granted, the original "Dumb and Dumber" didn't have a great story either, but it was still funny to watch, which is more than what I can say about this prequel. Apart from the scenes featuring Bob Saget and Brian Posehn, the movie is a flat out bore. The characters are uninteresting, and poorly developed. The plot is beyond stupid, and absurd. Take in mind, this is coming from a guy that loves stupid movies like the original "Dumb and Dumber" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." Hell, I was actually one of the few critics out there that liked "Your Highness", which was basically a medieval fantasy d**k joke movie. And for me to say a plot is stupid and absurd in an obviously made to be stupid movie, then that should tell you something right there.
Most of the actors are terrible. Derek Richardson comes off as whiny and annoying half the time, in his role as the young Harry Dunne. Eric Christian Olsen does a great Jim Carrey impersonation, but he pales in comparison to the original. And to make matters worse, Eric and Derek don't even have a lot of chemistry together; which is sad because the chemistry between Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey is what made the original a classic.
Every scene they're in together feels more like two high school kids impersonating the original duo, from "Dumb and Dumber", rather than something you'd see in a big budget prequel. Plus, that doesn't even include the lousy editing throughout this film.
Although the movie is supposed to be around eighty minutes long, it feels more like a three hour film, as many of the scenes tend to drag their feet half the time. The jokes are poorly written, and you can see every plot point and punchline coming from a mile away. For example, Harry puts a candy bar in his back pocket, so he can give it some girl that he thinks he has a date with.
He leans up against a furnace while talking to her, and it eventually leads to him wanting to use her bathroom. The chocolate melts in his pants. He notices. He spreads said chocolate over the bathroom, which her father mistakes for feces. Seriously, this joke couldn't have been more predictable if they tried. Say what you want about the original "Dumb and Dumber" movie, but the jokes were not only original in that classic, but they came by so fast that you hardly ever saw them coming half the time.
Whereas this prequel, you can see each joke coming from a mile away, and you can predict exactly when each punchline is going to happen that it just seems rather pathetic. Sheesh, no wonder "Dumb and Dumber To" retconned this movie last year.
In fact, it seems like Bob Saget and Brian Posehn were the only two actors trying to save this film, but they weren't given a whole lot to work with. The script is terrible, and the pacing is horrendous. Horribly directed film altogether.
Please do yourself a favor, and NEVER watch this movie. Although I disagree with Richard Roeper and Roger Ebert about how this film offends people with mental disabilities, I will agree with them that this movie is NOT funny at all. If anything, this film is a piece of crap that belongs in the garbage.
© 2015 Steven Daniels