By Jessica Curtis
“Dumb and Dumber To” is the much anticipated sequel to the cult classic “Dumb and Dumber.”
The film takes place 20 years after the original, and follows the moronic duo Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) while they take to the road again after discovering that Harry conceived a child 22 years earlier.
The stars reprised their original roles to search for Harry’s long lost daughter Penny, played by Rachel Melvin. But as fate would have it, the journey strengthens their friendship and throws them into predicaments similar to the first film.
Carrey and Daniels are spot on with their original characters, and the duo exhibit great chemistry as they did before.
The movie starts off well enough introducing past characters and the familiar jokes, but quickly spirals into slap stick and toilet humor. The characters Lloyd and Harry are exactly the same as they were in the original film (give or take 20 years). However, therein lies the problem. What worked so well in the first film was its originality, but when duplicated, the jokes fell flat and often were too gross to find amusing.
When the film “Dumb and Dumber” came to theaters in 1994, it was not expected to be critically praised, but was well received by audiences and has become a well-known classic.
What greatly differs in the sequel is that most of the moments are forgettable and leave the audience feeling uncomfortable. Scenes where Lloyd sexually assaults an elderly woman or Harry uses his dog for sexual satisfaction come across as desperate and inappropriate, even by today’s standards.
When looking at the past track record for the “Dumb and Dumber” franchise, it is no surprise that the movie was a miss with most critics. The prequel to the original film, for example, had similar issues and a hard time standing on its own when compared to the first film.
“Dumb and Dumber To” was never meant to be a critical darling, but could have stood a better chance if the jokes were cleaner. Many who do enjoy the movie will appreciate its cling to the past, most likely for nostalgic purposes. With the main original characters and references towards the first film, the sequel serves it purpose. It reintroduces the audience to the characters and their never-ending idiotic adventures.
Moviegoers who enjoyed the film will agree that while there were many jokes that were hit-or-miss, an audience that appreciates a crude and sometimes offensive sense of humor will have a good time with this movie.
However, if you are someone who has a hard time with bathroom humor or a weak stomach, then this film is not for you.
If you are a fan of the classic and wish to see Harry and Lloyd doing idiotic things on the big screen again, then you may enjoy it.
“Dumb and Dumber To” is in theaters now.
Courtesy Universal Pictures
‘Dumb and Dumber To’
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