Dumb & Dumber To: Movie Review

Attributes: Movie Reviews

Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Kathleen Turner and Laurie Holden

In first Dumb & Dumber, Harry and Lloyd’s stupidity may have resulted in some dire circumstances, but the two airheads always seemed oblivious to whatever accidental pain they were causing those around them. In their reprisal roles after 20 years for 'Dumb and Dumber To' bucks that trend completely, as Harry and Lloyd (especially Lloyd) are just endlessly mean here, fully aware that they are making life miserable for everyone they come in contact with. Is that concept funny? It could be, if handled correctly but, not here!

The threadbare plot of the film revolves around Harry needing a new kidney. He learns that he has a daughter named Penny (Rachel Melvin), and that she was given up for adoption. So, Harry and Lloyd embark on a road-trip to find Penny, and convince her to donate her kidney to Harry. Oh, and Lloyd really wants to sleep with Penny, too. The movie makes this abundantly clear, over and over again. He takes one look at the photo of the cute young lady and begins fantasizing about all the sex they’ll have. Thinking about killing yourself yet?

The plot doesn’t matter, and it doesn’t have to. A movie like this is just a delivery system for jokes, and there would be nothing wrong with that, if the jokes were the least bit funny. Instead, Dumb and Dumber To is filled to the brim with racist jokes and fart jokes. There’s a cat named Butthole, because that’s hilarious, right? The cat eats a bunch of birds, and then farts out feathers. Please, make it stop.

If all of this comedy gold isn’t enough for you, don’t worry, because we’re “treated” to a scene where Lloyd "helps" an old woman in a nursing home, then removes his finger and literally blows dust off of it. Here, have some of this arsenic.

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, who seemed to have such nice, silly chemistry in the first film, play terribly off one another here. Perhaps too much time has passed, but there’s no sense of friendship between these two nitwits. If this wasn’t a sequel, and if the film didn’t keep reminding us they were life-long friends, we might be forgiven for thinking these two characters met at the start of the film. Carrey in particular seems wildly off his game. The goofball, rubber-face antics that once were like second-nature to the actor here seem forced and painful. I am not laughing with Carrey, or at him; I am just cringing, and checking my watch, and asked my friend next to me, “How much longer is this piece of shit?”

There’s a subplot in there somewhere about Penny’s adoptive father (Steve Tom) who is being poisoned by his gold digging wife (Laurie Holden). Do I give a shit? No, I do not. As all of this misery unfolded before my eyes I tried to make my mind go to a happy place, but just when I was about to get there, a loud fart sound in the movie broke my meditation.

There’s one funny scene in the film. ONE. In a 110 minute movie.

It involves a man getting hit by a train. How I envied that man as I watched this stinker.

Harry and Lloyd spend most of their road trip driving around in a hearse, which is apt, because a part of me died while watching this. You might think this reads as if it were written by a stuffy guy who just doesn’t get the joke. Trust me, I get it. It’s just not funny.

Conclusively, 1 Shor from my end for that ONE funny moment and giving 0 to the film would be unjust to the legend Jim Carrey actually is.

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