Dumb and Dumber To

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Bill Murray, Laurie Holden, Angela Kerecz, Rachel Melvin

Rated: PG-13 (crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references)

Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.

 

Dumb and Dumber To

By Cole Schneider

Audiences first met Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) in 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber”. The film was a hit as its pair of kind hearted protagonists couldn’t get out of their own way, producing a number of funny moments. With “Dumb and Dumber To”, Harry and Lloyd get back together for what amounts to the same movie made in the worst way possible.

Comedy sequels are tricky. You can’t just make a retread, with the same characters making the same jokes, but you also can’t forget about what made the first film so intriguing, likeable, and funny. The worst sequels keep the innocuous things but change the heart of what worked the first time around. “Dumb and Dumber To” is exactly this kind of sequel. Yes it’s another road trip movie with morons. And yes they are repeating the same jokes that worked 20 years ago. But now they’re jerks. Instead of likably fumbling themselves into humourous situations, now they force their way into stale situations. Harry and Lloyd have become sexist, cruel people whom we can’t help but root against.

They’ve traded their humanity for laughs. The worst part? They’ve lost their laughs in doing so. Fundamentally, this is the problem: that “Dumb and Dumber To” just isn’t very funny. If a film is going to go out of its way to be dumb, it absolutely must be funny. This isn’t. At all. Why bother buying a ticket, when there are movies like “Interstellar”, “John Wick”, or “Nightcrawler” in the theater next to it?

0.5 out of 5 stars

 

Dumb and Dumber To

By Matt Greene

As a big fan of Dumb and Dumber, I went into Dumb and Dumber To trying not to let wistfulness paint the sequel too positively. Those worries quickly dissipated, as To is a forced and aggressively unfunny gross-out comedy. It’s the absolute worst kind of sequel: the kind that repeats old jokes to try and get a cheap cheer of nostalgia. All the while, laziness and overt offensiveness abound, with jokes never reaching higher than the lowest of low hanging fruit. It disappoints completely, like a desperate old rock singer trying to hit the same notes he used to, but consistently falling flat. While the first was a brilliantly inspired bit of comedic stupidity, Dumb and Dumber To is just plain stupid.

We find our puerile protagonists older but none-the wiser, still getting in over their heads yet unwittingly finding their way through it. Plot is not the movie’s aim, and it doesn’t need to be. What it does need to be, however, is funny. Unfortunately the jokes are understandably irreverent, yet also socially inept and rarely successful.  Worst of all is that Daniels’ Harry and Carrey’s Lloyd have completely lost the chemistry that once bound them. They’ve become purely sad parodies of their former selves.

Maybe I’m taking this too seriously. I mean, the Farrelly’s have proven to be nothing more than perpetual 10-year-olds, and they manage one or two moments of contrived laughter. But one or two laughs in a 100-minute movie just isn’t enough. Clearly the filmmakers think the audience is as dumb as their leads. We’re not.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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