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Dumb and Dumber To
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Carrey On The Wayward Dumb"
1 stars

I must confess that the original "Dumb and Dumber," the high-grossing gross-out 1994 hit that solidified Jim Carrey as the biggest new comedic force of the day, allowed the generally serious-minded Jeff Daniels to let it all hang out and introduced the cinematic world to the Farrelly Brothers, only made me laugh out loud twice. That said, I should also mention that those two moments (the bit involving the dead parakeet and the one with Jim Carrey running through the airplane terminal) made me laugh longer and louder than the entirety of many other ostensibly more successful comedies that you or I could mention. Now, after twenty years of rumors, false starts and a misbegotten prequel that the producers no doubt hope you have forgotten about by now, "Dumb and Dumber To" has finally arrived and lo and behold, there are still only two moments in it that made me laugh out loud. The difference is that those two bits aren't nearly as convulsive as the ones I enjoyed the first time around and the project as a whole is a mess that arrives in theaters at least a decade too late for its own good and practically drenching viewers in the flopsweat that it generates in its desperate effort to generate laughs.

Carrey and Daniels return as Lloyd and Harry and after a gag explaining the 20-year-long gap between their adventures (which starts off as being clever, if not actually funny, and then loses that once it devolves into gags involving attempts to yank out a catheter), what passes for a plot kicks in when Harry reveals that he is in dire need of a kidney transplant and has no blood relatives to speak of to lend a hand, so to speak. As it turns out, it seems as if he somehow managed to knock up town slattern Frieda Felcher (Kathleen Turner. . . yes, Kathleen Turner) a couple of decades earlier and that the resulting daughter (Rachel Melvin) was adopted by a brilliant scientist who has just sent her to El Paso to deliver a speech for him at a technology conference. Harry and Lloyd go off in search of her with the scientists gold-digging wife (Laurie Holden) and her lover (Rob Riggle) in pursuit of them because of. . .trust me, it doesn't really matter. What matters is that all manners of bodily functions are allowed to let rip, all number of malapropisms are uttered and all the key participants come up smelling like something, though not necessarily a rose by any means.

If the original "Dumb and Dumber" came across like a Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis buddy comedy with both halves of the duo essaying the Lewis part, then "Dumb and Dumber To" is more like a Martin-Lewis epic in which both guys are trying to be Sammy Petrillo. The ridiculously crude screenplay (which was put together by no less than six credited writers, which may actually be the funniest thing about the entire enterprise) offers little more than a reprise of the most infamous gags from the first movie (this time around, the blind guy has a menagerie of birds that are set up to die in a gruesome manner and we get to hear the second-most annoying sound in the world) mixed in with the usual gross-out gags (with flatulence and testicular abuse topping the list) and a plot line that is thin and unconvincing even by the standards of this particular genre. All of this is slapped together by the Farrellys in such a sloppy and half-assed manner that it seems that their directorial skills have actually receded from the rudimentary level that had previously been their high-water mark. There is also a mean and unpleasant streak running through the film that is off-putting as well--the manner in which Kathleen Turner is treated is borderline cruel at times without ever being funny and the stuff involving Harry's daughter, who has evidently inherited his intellect, just hanging out in her underwear with complete strangers because she is too dumb to know any better is more creepy than amusing.

As for Carrey and Daniels, I am somewhat mixed. On the one hand, watching the two of them still acting like drooling idiots after two decades is kind of a depressing spectacle, especially when one considers how far Carrey has come as an actor since his extra-broad early days as a performer--what is funny to see people do in their 30's can seem fairly grisly when they are in their 50's. On the other hand, I have to admit that while they may not have been driven to sign on to this project for any other reason than a fat payday, both Carrey and Daniels throw themselves into their roles with gleeful abandon and while their gawky moves may seem a little rusty at times, they quickly find their groove (or rut, depending on you feelings) and joyfully wallow in it. While Carrey's rubber-faced histrionics are still a singular achievement, it is Daniels who once again steals the show by showing a flair for knockabout comedy and perhaps no slight amount of relief to be free of the self-important screeds that he is forced to deliver on "The Newsroom."

Aside from the two jokes that I confess to laughing at (neither of which I will spoil), I found "Dumb and Dumber To" to be a fairly intolerable and, at 109 minutes, ridiculously overlong shoutout to a film that wasn't especially funny the first time around. (Lest you think I am being snooty, I hasten to had that the young men that made up the majority of the audience that I saw it with were not exactly rolling in the aisles either.) Other than to reestablish the box-office bonafides of Carrey and the Farrellys, both of whom have had their share of misfires over the last few years, this could well go down as the most utterly unnecessary comedy sequel of the year (though I must admit that I haven't seen "Horrible Bosses 2" as of yet). To judge by its strong opening weekend, it appears to have done its job but at the same time, I cannot imagine anyone on either side of the screen coming out of it with any desire to make or see "Dumb and Dumber Three" at any point in the future. However, if the Farrellys want to give "Kingpin Deux" a shot, I suppose I will allow it.

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originally posted: 11/16/14 15:03:50
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User Comments

8/23/15 mr.mike Fair sequel has some decent laughs. 3 stars
1/22/15 David disgusting, gross, pathetic excuse for a movie 1 stars
1/21/15 Langano Some good laughs but doesn't measure up to original. 3 stars
11/22/14 The Big D Not as good as the original but plenty of slapstick humor--Jim Carrey still has it! 4 stars
11/17/14 Anthony Barker Much better than I expected. 4 stars
11/16/14 Bob Dog Almost as good as the original, and it'll get better and better with repeat viewings!!! 5 stars
11/14/14 PAUL SHORTT MORE MINDLESS AND EVEN LESS AMUSING THAN THE ORIGINAL 1 stars
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  14-Nov-2014 (PG-13)
  DVD: 17-Feb-2015

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