Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

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release date: 14 November 2014 (Canada)
run time: 109 mins
rated: PG
considered: Comedy
director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggie, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French, Kathleen Turner, Gregory Fears, Bill Murray, Tembi Locke, Paul Blackthrone, Brady Bluhm, Eddie Shin

movie summary: In 1994 the world was introduced to the extremely funny and unorthodox life of Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and his best friend/roommate Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels). These two are just two down on their luck crazy guys who pull off the dumbest pranks ever, all the while thinking they are normal and everyone is weird. Fast forward exactly 20 years to where Harry has been visiting Lloyd every week at the mental hospital.

After all these years Harry finally admits that he can’t come see Lloyd anymore because he has just discovered a medical condition that doesn’t give him much time to live. Lloyd finally snaps out of his comatose state of mind and offers to help Harry find a way to overcome his illness so they continue being best friends. Their first order of business is to return to Harry’s apartment, where Lloyd is surprised to find that the blind kid Billy (Brady Bluhm) still lives there and now collects rare birds. While sitting in their apartment the pair begin to brainstorm creative ways to save Harry’s health without either one of them getting hurt. Harry suggests they visit his parents to get advice if anyone in the family has had this problem and that maybe one of them can help. In preparation for their long journey, Lloyd pumps up the bike tires and the two share a ride just like old times.

While home for the first time in a long time, Harry finally reads his mail which includes a postcard from 1991 that states a girl he once knew was pregnant. The guys can’t believe Harry was going to be a dad and Lloyd thinks it’s important that they track down the mom and daughter because they may be about Harry out. Instead of biking across town to speak to Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner), the pair hop on the bus and arrive at the funeral home where she now works. The three share a brief trip down memory lane when Fraida explains that the baby was given up for adoption and when she tried to reach out to her daughter, the letter was returned. Lloyd jumps the gun to tell Harry is life is all but over at this point and he should just pick out a casket while he’s here, that is until he sees a picture of Penny (Rachel Melvin). It is love at first sight (again) for Lloyd who offers to help Harry travel to Maryland to find Penny. Fraida loans them a hearse to use and the dynamic duo hit the road for a wild and crazy journey down the east coast.

When the pair reach Maryland they find out Penny was adopted by one of the country’s most respect scientists, Dr. Pinchelow (Steve Tom). Excited at the chance to meet Harry’s daughter, the pair are sad to learn that Penny is in El Paso at a science convention accepting a lifetime achievement award on behalf of her now sick adopted father. The doctor’s beautiful wife Adele (Laurie Holden) has been trying to kill him for some time to collect his life insurance, but then realizes how dumb Lloyd and Harry are and decides to use them speed up the process. Penny left the house without her cell phone and a package meant to be delivered at the convention. Adele recommends the guys bring it to her, so they load up the hearse and hit the road running to travel across the country to save Harry’s life. When the pair lose the hearse to a freak train accident, they track down the old mutt van in order to continue their epic journey to find Penny.

dumbanddumber2my thoughts: Dumb and Dumber was a part of my childhood. I was 12 when the movie came out and even though I don’t remember the very first time I watched it, I do remember how crazy and over the top it was. The original movie is a cult classic because not everyone finds Jim Carrey or Jeff Daniels to be funny and not everyone like their style of comedy. I waited until after opening weekend to catch this movie on Tuesday, early reviews were not positive which made me question whether or not to actually see it. Thankfully I only paid $7.19 to watch Dumb and Dumber because it was one of the worse movies I’ve seen of 2014. I skipped Dumb and Dumber: When Harry meets Lloyd and wish I had done the same with this sequel that didn’t need to ever happen.

There are a few of you out there, actually a lot of you, who loved this movie because the movie made $36 million dollars over the weekend to make it the #1 movie. Hard to believe these two guys beat out epic movies like Interstellar and Big Hero 6, but their reign at the top will be short-lived as the Hunger Games opens this weekend and will be the box office champion for the next few weeks. You may dislike my review or rating of the movie but I lost interest about half way through and then focused my thoughts and energy on my cell phone since the theatre had about 15 people in it. I did have a few laughs, there are actually funny moments, but there was no need for this movie. The story is so pointless and these once lovable characters are not so loveable anymore. Their delivery is still spot on but something just seemed off about them all these years later. Maybe it’s the fact I already had low expectations for this movie, or maybe it’s the fact things these guys did in 1994 were hilarious and today my comedy expectations have changed. I still love slapstick pointless comedy movies, I always watch Eurotrip every time it’s on TV,  but I just didn’t get anything out of a two-hour long movie that really wasn’t overly funny.

In a world where everyone is trying to make a buck, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels finally make their much-anticipated return to the big screen in one of their significant movie roles. Not much has changed in these guys except a few wrinkles and some extra pounds. Carrey will always be remembered as Ace Ventura and The Mask, but no one will ever forget Lloyd Christmas. For 20 years Lloyd has not been mentally stable to live in normal society, so when he gets out the hospital he falls in love with his best friend’s 23-year-old daughter and dreams of a life together. These fantasies are so unrealistic that they are not even funny. His stupidity will get the best of him on several occasions throughout the movie but you would only come expect such things from a guy who throws away a winning lottery ticket because the numbers are not in the right order. Carrey provides a few laugh out loud moments in this film, but he didn’t entertain like he used to in the 1990s or early 2000s. Jeff Daniels on the other hand has always played a goofy character in movies and even when he takes on a more serious role, one can’t help but to picture him doing something silly. In this sequel he spends half the movie being deaf, wearing hearing aids, chasing down his long-lost daughter to save his life. In the 20 years since his best friend Lloyd left him he really hasn’t changed or gotten any smarter. He appears to be the wiser of the two but always allows for Lloyd to take the lead in any adventure which never ends well. One would think he would have learnt a lesson at some point but that is not the case. His character is put through the ringer when he is mistaken for a famous scientist which sadly could have been funnier than it was played it out. I felt that no matter what he did Carrey’s character outshined him and neither of them left a lasting impression on me.

My only other comment about the movie or any of the characters is who was in the room when they wrote this script? I never want to get into film making (I do have one idea for a horror story) but seriously who thinks this stuff up? The story is simple, stupid, and pointless. How anyone thought that creating a long-lost daughter storyline for a comedy movie with two really dumb old guys is beyond me.

my final thoughts: My only advice for anyone interested in watching Dumb and Dumber To is skip it at all costs. Go see something else again if you are that bored because you will leave disappointed with a sequel that didn’t need to ever happen. Always remember how classic the original was and don’t tarnish that by watching this in theatres.

my star rating: 2 out 10

imdb: 7.0 out 10 
metascore: 36/100
rottentomatoes: 25% out 100%
rogerebert: 2 out 4

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5 thoughts on “Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

  1. This really was disappointing. I found Harry and Lloyd to be mostly complete caricatures of who they were in the original. I hate to compare two films to each other, but it kind of asks for it when it is a sequel right?

    Great review man.

    • I actually watched Dumb and Dumber on Sunday and was like I can’t believe how bad these characters were 20 years later. The story was awful, not funny, and or even that creative compared to the original. Like I keep telling people, just remember how great the first one was and don’t bother with the second. Thanks for leaving the comment!

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