JIM CARREY JEFF DANIELS LAURIE HOLDEN ROB RIGGLE KATHLEEN TURNER
DUMB and DUMBER To
Eight times two equals 16, and that’s about how many hours of my life I have wasted on Bobby & Peter Farrelly’s films. 20 Years ago they directed Dumb & Dumber, and since then they have made certain crowds laugh with films like Shallow Hal, Stuck on You and Three Stooges. The writing, directing, and producing brothers have a certain knack for low brow comedy aimed primarily at 13 year old teenagers. The original film was such a huge success for the Farrelly brothers and Carrey, that it’s no surprise with Carrey desperate for a hit and a comeback after many recent failures (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Mr. Poppers Penguins) that they return to the stupidity that started it all.
Lloyd (Carrey) has been in a care hospital for twenty years since we saw him last; he and Mary Swanson have ended their relationship, but faithful friend Harry (Daniels) visits him every Wednesday, wiping his butt and changing his diaper. “Gotcha!” Lloyd finally yells, explaining that he was just faking being comatose to trick Harry. They both agree it was the best gag as they begin to return to normal life. Billy the blind bird boy still lives nearby and the old apartment now doubles as a meth lab, but the most shocking news of all is Harry’s need for a new kidney. They gear up for another road trip to find the daughter Harry never had and ask her for a kidney.
As a kid, I think we all remember the antics Carrey pulled in the original, like bending over and lighting his farts, and this sequel has plenty of farts too, but it’s about 18 years too late. Sure, there are 13 year olds today familiar with the original that plays around the clock on TBS, and they might enjoy it, but comedy, cinema and entertainment value has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Comedians like Will Farrell, Ben Stiller, and Adam Sandler have already fallen, finding themselves in the same desperate career move Carrey has faced for the last decade. It’s because these comedians sell themselves as a one trick pony, and after a handful of films the gag is up, and the audience wants something new. Sylvester Stallone invented a new way for the old action heroes to be relevant again; maybe there will be an Expendables type film for washed up comedians.
The single half grin the film got out of me was a very dirty scene involving a grandma with big hearing aids and lots of clinching power. Totally unnecessary, doesn’t advance the plot, but it’s as disgusting as the PG-13 film is willing to get. The Farrelly brothers do a decent job at recreating the same world as before using the same level of jokes, plot and covering nearly all the characters. Profane references, racial and gender discrimination, and lots of fecal and bodily function jokes fill up the script written no doun on a whoopee cushion. We do thankfully get to hear the second most annoying sound in the world, as I am sure we have all been wondering. A select audience will still find this amusing, but for the rest of us, it’s boring and uninteresting to watch 50 year olds acting like teenagers.
Final Thought – Boring, uneventful and 18 years too late.
Grade D-By: Dustin Chase