Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references. Running time 110 minutes, Comedy
Compare to: Any movie featuring idiots caught up in a dire situation without being aware of it
Nice of them to release The Theory of Everything on the same day as Dumb and Dumber To.
If you’re a fan of the firs Dumb and Dumber and groaned at the idea of a sequel, fear not. While this isn’t the original by any means, you’re not the same age anyway and nostalgia usually beats anything else that could come out.
For me personally, I had to mentally prepare before stepping into the auditorium. The inappropriate attitude to go into any movie is “This is gonna suck.” So don’t do that. Just sit down, relax, and though you’re not going to remember anything you see in this hour and fifty minutes, you can still enjoy yourself.
After 20 years, Lloyd and Harry are still pretty close. Dumber than ever, the two decide to track down Harry’s estranged daughter because they just found out she existed, and Harry needs a kidney donated from someone of the same blood. So off they go, on a road trip to track her down and bring her a box with unknown contents in it from her adoptive parents.
The set up perfectly mirroring the first, as well as the formula throughout the film, you’re going to feel right at home with the general outline. These guys are dumb. Instead of having a straight man and a funny man, we just get these two idiots again. There’s not much to say here that would do it much justice. Talking down about it is pointless while saying too many positive things would be overboard.
What I can actually do here for you is relay that if you’re a fan of the first, the only reason To will let you down is if you decide to hate it. Other than that, its the same movie. In my opinion, this should have come out a decade ago since it was going to come out at all, but shoulda, woulda, coulda, right? I’m writing this to describe what I saw as best as I can. The only issue with that is, if you’re reading this at all, you’re aware of the first film and if you’re aware of it, chances are, you didn’t want a sequel.
So all I’m saying is that while I think it would have been better for this to have come out years ago, finding yourself dissatisfied with the fart jokes and everything else here is really going to depend on how much you’ve matured because the Farrelly brothers (The writers and directors of this and the original) haven’t changed at all as far as the movie is concerned.
Rob Riggle tags along on the road trip for a while and does a great job playing the guy who gets fed up with the two idiots. It doesn’t take much of course, but his ability to be serious about being stupid or vice versa does make the ride feel a little smoother.
But the majority of the humor of course, still lies in Carrey and Daniels’ complete dedication to idiocy. At times I got the idea that if the joke went on for just another second more or less, it would be ruined, but the pair usually succeed in nailing the timing. If only the release date had been as punctual.
Positives: Some genuinely funny moments scattered throughout and the kind to make you laugh at loud. Rob Riggle is funny while Carrey and Daniels are still great at being morons.
Negatives: Too little, too late. The beginning has a rough start, jokes feel clunky like a laugh track should be played after each joke.
Side Note: There is something at the end, FYI.