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Dumb and Dumber To - Movie Review

2 stars

It will more than likely go down as the crown prince of sequels that should have never been made. Twenty years is waaaay too long to stay loyal to two rubber-faced morons charging their way through one odd social interaction to the next. Dumb and Dumber To is adequately named and a disappointment. Lloyd’s vegetative state is the end result of this been-there, done-that malarkey.

One can’t really blame Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey who charm the wits off of the movie with their bullheaded antics. Maybe seeing the two of them together again will be worth the price of admission for some people. If you are expecting anything else, you will more than likely be a little let down. Embalming fluid is mistaken for a slushie. Idiots pretend to be scientists. A blind kid has a dead bird. Auto-parts interrupt a sex fantasy. You’ve seen this all before.

I went into the movie with low expectations. I haven’t even cracked a smile at any of the trailers. I’m not alone. Much of the audience I attended the movie with simply groaned. Oh, there was laughter but, damn, if it wasn’t a rich assortment of embarrassments. The film is sluggish and grating and takes way too long to get to the point of its madcap adventure as the morons travel from Rhode Island to El Paso when they find out that Harry’s long-lost love Fraida (Kathleen Turner) had his child, Penny (Rachel Melvin) without his knowledge because, of course, they must track her down.

The script – written by Sean Anders, John Morris, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone – suffers from too many cooks in the kitchen and tries entirely too hard to repeat what originally happened twenty years earlier. The repetition isn’t appreciated. Sometimes Harry and Lloyd come across angry. Sometimes stupid. Always dumb. The film does a “hollaback” maneuver way too often. Much is wasted on familiar stupidity. Much is wasted on dead-end jokes. Much feels like a repeat. And only occasionally does the repetition pay itself off; however, those tiny bits are in no way worth sitting through the entire picture or the fat paychecks of its two stars. Watch the original. It’s better and fresher.

That leaves the blame for the fault of Dumb and Dumber To on the doorsteps of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Yup. It’s their fault. The brothers just don’t make the same type of movie they used to and had success with all those years ago. For the past 15 years, the films they churn out just suck. If I sound too old, listen to my main point of contention. Gone is the wacky innocence of Kingpin and Dumb and Dumber, which was their debut. There’s Something About Mary was their last strong comedy and even that groaned its way into lampoon territory as it neared its ending. I love Dumb and Dumber. But this is a waste because the leads are no longer a stark contrast to the world around them. The Farrelly Brothers on-screen world is just as insane as Harry and Lloyd.

Once upon a time ago, The Farrelly Brothers and their cinematic environments lived and breathed the same air as their audiences. They’ve been out of touch with reality – even what makes comedy funny - for a long time and their movies have suffered as a result. For those hoping that Dumb and Dumber To would signal a change in their formula will be letdown. To me, the biggest surprise is just how unoriginal the gross-out gags are. The only skit that will linger past the end of the movie is the hilarious scene where Carrey – channeling a bit of the old silent comedians of a bygone era - eats a hot dog. With no real reason for the scene, Carrey pulls an amusing act of physical comedy and manages to gobble down an entire hot dog in a most unusual way. Like I said, it serves no purpose but it sure is funny.

Dumb and Dumber To is one tortuous cartoon – running close to two hours yet feeling like five days - full of cracks, quips, and one-liners that don’t always work swathed in a sour world that is as caricatured and exaggerated as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne.

Lower your expectations (and I mean to the cold basement floor) and you just might enjoy the staleness of Dumb and Dumber To.

Dumb and Dunmber To - Movie Review

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references.
Runtime:
110 mins
Director
: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writer:
Sean Anders
Cast:
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle
Genre
: Comedy
Tagline:
Dumb and Dumber To.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Why don't you roll me inside. We can get the nurse to get the catheter out of me."
Distributor:
Universal Pictures
Official Site: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2096672/externalsites?ref_=ttco_ql_3
Release Date:
November 14, 2014
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
No details available
Synopsis: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

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