“Dumb and Dumber To” Review
By Rob Jefchak
20 years ago, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels played complete morons for over an hour and a half; creating a surprise cult classic comedy film that still shocks people to this day how something this stupid could have been this funny and this successful. Now after two decades of waiting for a movie no one ever thought they’d see (or even wanted originally), Carrey and Daniels get their stupid on once more and find out if America still loves idiots doing idiot things because they are idiots: this is “Dumb and Dumber To.”
20 years after losing the girl of Lloyd’s (Jim Carrey) dreams, Harry (Jeff Daniels) discovers that he has a daughter named Penny (Rachel Melvin) that was birthed without his knowledge and was given up for adoption. Timing couldn’t be better since Harry needs a kidney transplant and his daughter is the only relative he has who could be a match for him. So Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s daughter, possibly hook up with her for Lloyd’s sake and ultimately; do what they do best: really stupid things.
The best way I can describe what movie is like to you is to put it this way: whatever you think it’s like…that’s exactly what it is like. Not clear enough? Basically what I am saying is that “Dumb and Dumber To” is everything you loved (or hated) from the original film; just aged an additional 20 years. The very beginning scene where we find out what Lloyd has bene doing for 20 years is a perfect indication of what kind of humor this movie is chock full of. This is a movie catered to people who have already seen the first one or have enjoyed this sense of humor for years and years, because if you’re not either of those things…you’re gonna hate this movie.
What I found most enjoyable was to see how naturally at ease Daniels and Carrey are at these roles. Despite all of the films these two actors have accomplished, they still pull off the same stupid antics without missing a beat or a punchline. The movie doesn’t treat these guys as famous characters we have to insert into different locations or situations to observe their reactions (like how Sacha Baron Cohen does), although their appearance at a scientific expo for the future’s next line of geniuses was perfect for some of the film’s funniest moments.
The movie relies on Daniels and Carrey to be Harry and Lloyd and let them do whatever they want and for practically the entire movie; it works out hilariously well. Rehashing some of the same jokes or plot points really didn’t bother me, but what I did find to be a bit off putting was a bit more emphasis on dirtier; cruder jokes that got far more sexual than the original film ever attempted. I blame the Farrelly brothers because I’ve noticed this reliance in dirtier jokes in their most recent films; like “The 3 Stooges” film.
Lloyd and Harry never relied on degrading women or getting frisky with old women before so it seems odd and out of place for them to start now. I was a little disappointed that such a funny guy like Rob Riggle didn’t get to join in on a lot of the film’s humor; he oddly enough played the straight man to the two brainless buddies. There’s a lot a person can easily pick at with this movie, it’s clearly a film for the fans and it doesn’t bother to try catering to people who obviously wouldn’t get this kind of humor in the first place.
You know what you’re getting into by the title’s spelling alone and if you’ve seen even one scene of the original “Dumb and Dumber,” then there’s nothing really worth explaining about this film. You’re either going to get it or you’re not, pure and simple. Overall, “Dumb and Dumber To” is repetitive and uses too many soiled sexual jokes for my liking, but I knew what I was getting myself into and I laughed every step of the way; just like I did when I saw the first film.
It’s not for everyone and it is more of the same, but hey, at least it does its job well. What more could you really want?
I give “Dumb and Dumber To” 2 and 1/2 stars.