|Jim Carrey And Jeff Daniels - Dumb and Dumber To|
I might get shot for saying this but, I wasn't a big fan of 1994s, Dumb and Dumber. Sure it was funny and it had some charm to it, yet the subject matter was childish and the hilarious moments were few and far between. That movie sort of symbolizes the rollercoaster of good and bad films that the Farrelly Brothers have made over the last twenty years. Up- Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, Me Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Hall Pass, and The Three Stooges. And down- Osmosis Jones, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid, and now, Dumb and Dumber To.
Not included were a couple of horrible producing choices that they've made like, Say It Isn't So, and The Ringer. My point, is that when the Farrellys stick to their same old, immature, over-the-top, films with little to no character progression and raunchiness drenched in desperation, (nine times out of ten) the movie isn't going to be well received and/or memorable. When their characters have heart and a genuine sense of purpose, things fall into place and the potty humor makes them even more sentimental.
With Hollywood's hopeless attempts at producing original hits, they have ventured into a realm that we thought would never exist- long belated sequels of films that no one ever asked for or gave up thinking about a long time ago. To my disbelief, Dumb and Dumber To has now happened, while the Ghostbusters franchise gets fitted for Spanx gear and straitjackets (cause those bitches is menstrual and crazy!) before its inevitable re-collapse.
From the hilarious trailers, I thought that this new film would be awesome, I was wrong. It's just, ok. I don't fault Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey for its mediocrity, I blame the Farrellys. (along with four other writers) They wrote and directed the damn thing. Even though this film doesn't try to one up the original, it still comes off as an almost scene for scene copy of part 1 with different characters and hijinks. Think of how comparable the stories were for Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.. It all just seems kind of lazy to me.
The chemistry between Daniels and Carey is as fresh as ever. Problem is, that some of their dumbness comes off as awkward especially when forced upon other people. The supporting cast mostly gets to overact and react to Carey's and Daniel's, without anything notable to contribute.
Only Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Nile) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street) seem to be the most grounded and professional on the lot. There are some really funny moments (Cat fart, Riggle's rude awakening, Carey's dream), and the explanation to catch everyone up on the last twenty years, is simply clever. Little nods to part 1 are also sprinkled throughout for those yearning for a repeat.
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of Dumb and Dumber To
The Good- Relatable to the Xbox Kinect sensor gimmick in Paranormal Activity 4, Rob Riggle's background paint disguise, is this film's coolest and only real memorable thing. Too bad that you only get to see it twice before the end credits.
The Bad- The "jigs up" scene at the film's end- the same, unimportant, badly acted, monologuing, cliche, that most weakly written comedies present.
The Ugly- Twenty (warning: expicit content) gosh darn years, and this is the best that they could come up with?!
Final thoughts on Dumb and Dumber To
I wish that this was so much better. The failure of this film makes part 1 seem almost iconic. On the bright side, it's so comparable to the original that true fans should disregard this review and enjoy. Stay through the coolly nostalgic end credits for a scene afterwards. If you're on the fence about seeing Dumb and Dumber To, wait for the rental. Now, can we finally get a sequel to Once Bitten?! (look it up)
Rating- 5 out of 10
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
PG-13 | 1h 49min | Adventure, Comedy | 14 November 2014 (USA)
Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle