Dumb and Dumber To Review: Dumbed Down Even Further

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There’s something really depressing about watching Dumb and Dumber To, and it’s only partially that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are in their fifties and accepted as phoned-in a sequel as this.

It’s mostly that even with its two original stars back in the fold, this movie is only marginally better than the crime of a prequel that was 2003’s Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Add in the fact that this sequel will likely only accelerate the deteriorating legacy of the forgotten, but great 1994 original, and this is a tough movie to get through without getting a little angry.

Carrey and Daniels slip back into their roles finely enough, but the Farrelly brothers do not, penning a script full of obvious setups and lame payoffs that don’t justify the time spent setting up the joke in the first place. It almost feels like an episode of Two and a Half Men. A bad one (so, all of them). Only there’s no laugh track to even mask the embarrassment of the material.

The plot revolves around Harry and Lloyd traveling to a university to find Harry’s long lost daughter Penny (Rachel Melvin). Lloyd wants to have sex with her and things get weird. From there, this movie adopts the same narrative structure as the original, becoming a road movie where they piss off a bunch of people. What’s missing here though are the reaction shots.

The best thing about the “Want to hear the most annoying noise in the world?” joke from the original is the driver that appropriately freaks out. Dumb and Dumber To doesn’t take time show how the world reacts to these two idiots except for one brilliant scene toward the end where they keep interrupting a lecture with a large audience with immature jokes and noises. It’s the one scene that recaptures the magic. We need the people with normal intelligence to react to them for the joke to land.

So after all that time spent in development hell, Dumb and Dumber To comes up seriously short. Sure, Carrey and Daniels manage to make a few gags work here and there, but this thing is mostly a complete failure. Here’s to hoping this franchise can finally rest in peace so we can go back to laughing at cable replays of the original. Grade: D+

By Matt Dougherty

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