It’s truly bothersome that there are legitimate laugh out loud moments in “Dumb and Dumber To”. The fact that director/writers Peter and Bobby Farrelly are able to squeeze sixty minutes worth of something resembling a movie is a minor miracle. But somehow, their throw it all against the wall and see what sticks approach works. In moments. Very small moments.
The biggest problem with this hackneyed sequel is that there really wasn’t anywhere for Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) to go at the end of “Dumb and Dumber”. Sure, these two grown men with the minds of 11 year old boys walk off into the sunset at the end of it, but was anyone really clamoring to see what happens next?
Perhaps that’s why it’s taken twenty years for this thing to actually happen. The biggest and best gag in the entire movie is that the age of these two morons isn’t hidden and it’s fairly amusing to see two 50ish year old men be social versions of a bull in a China shop, learning absolutely nothing since we last saw them.
The only thing they do learn is that Harry needs a kidney transplant which, as we all know, is hilariously funny. So Lloyd and Harry set out to get said kidney from one of Harry’s family members. The first stop is Harry’s parent’s house. Well, turns out that Harry was adopted and he only now learns this information, despite the fact that his parents are very much Korean people.
These are the kind of jokes you are dealing with here.
In one of a handful of throwbacks to the first movie, Harry finally gets his hands on a postcard from 1991 from the love of his life, Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner). Yes, her name is Felcher. Yes, it’s a name based on a very, very crude action.
Again, these are the kind of jokes you are dealing with here.
Fraida’s postcard tells Harry that she is pregnant. Lloyd and Harry, after some thought, deduce that Harry has a child and that kid could be a potential kidney match for him. If two guys that barely understand how the US Postal Service works (funniest joke in the movie) putting together that type of medical knowledge bothers you, you are thinking way too much about “Dumb and Dumber To” and should probably just leave the theater at the thirty minute mark.
This leads Lloyd and Harry on the inevitable road trip to find Penny (Rachel Melvin), who Fraida gave up for adoption to the rich, brilliant scientist Dr. Pinchelow (Steve Tom). Dr. Pinchelow is married to trophy wife Adele (Laurie Holden), who is scheming against him with her lover, Travis (Rob Riggle), in an effort to collect on an inheritance.
It’s all nonsense. This über-flimsy plot only allows Lloyd and Harry to once again get on the road, as they travel from their home in Rhode Island to Maryland, then finally to a science conference held in El Paso…which Lloyd believes is named after bean dip.
Some bits are great, some are chuckle worthy, but many are flat out not funny. These moments include such things as a catheter, embalming fluid, hot dog eating, toe-sucking, Slurpees, and a game of “He who smelt it, dealt it”.
The best thing about “Dumb and Dumber To” is seeing Kathleen Turner with such a prominent role. She was such a great actress and debilitating rheumatoid arthritis has zapped her screen career, but the Farrelly’s entrust an important supporting part to her here. It’s nothing to write home about and won’t make her career highlight reel, but it is infinitely cool to see her on screen again.
If anything, this movie shows that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are still very skilled at comedy because if they elicit any laughs from this movie, they have pulled off a film coup. Their on screen chemistry is fantastic and there is no doubt that they could play these roles in their sleep.
The two of them take turns in seeing who is more idiotic, with Carrey doing most of the physical comedy and Daniels being a bit more subtle, if that is even possible with this kind of joke bombardment. Daniels doesn’t have any moments as unnecessarily disgusting as the toilet scene in the original, but his naked rear should have a supporting cast credit. He is definitely not shy about keeping his bum in his pants.
Carrey isn’t full on annoying, but he’s definitely pushing it. He makes plenty of dumb faces followed up by several dumb attempts at catch phrases, most notably failing at one prominently shown in most of the trailers.
In a rare moment of art imitating life, after watching Carrey’s Lloyd go on far too long in making ridiculous faces, Rob Riggle’s Travis asks him, “What are you doing?” His reply is “I don’t even know anymore”. In a flash, that line is a microcosm of this entire movie.
“Dumb and Dumber To” works for about 45 minutes then it quickly overstays its welcome. The final half hour drags on, even during moments that may make you laugh. It goes from a fairly heartwarming reunion to a stupid road trip movie to something that mostly resembles “oh God, oh God, please make this end”.
But if you can make it through the movie, you can surely last another two or three minutes for the credits to finish up. A familiar face shows up that will leave every fan of the original movie reasonably pleased.
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What’s so Smart about Dumb and Dumber To? From stress relief to providing a new perspective on life, the film’s cast and crew and the author of Psychology for Dummies make the case for why you sometimes need to step back from the seriousness of life and just get dumb.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD
That’s Awesome! – The Story Of Dumb And Dumber To
Chapter 1 – “I Like it a Lot” – The Beginning—Join Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly Brothers on-set as they give you the hows, whats, whys and huhs behind making dumb magic all over again.
Chapter 2 – “Gotcha” – The Cast
Chapter 2.5 – “That’s Insane!” – The Cameos—Meet the fan favorites, powerful executives, brilliant musicians, and comedy legends who pop up throughout the film in surprising (and surprisingly dumb) ways!
Chapter 3 – “We’re Gunna Need Some Wheels” – The Cars— Take a ride on the Zamboni, go inside the hearse, and discover the story behind the triumphant return of the Mutt Cutts van in this fun piece!
Chapter 4 – “That’s Commitment!” – The Stunts— This chapter offers a high-paced peek into just a few of the hilarious stunts involved in the making of this movie.
Chapter 5 – “There’s No Diamonds In Here” – The Editorial—Step into the edit bay with acclaimed comedy editor Steve Rasch (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) to learn about how some of the movie’s most memorable scenes came together.
On Digital HD now and on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.