Dumb and Dumber is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It defined a new comedy sub-genre called “gross-out humor”. Even though it was stupid, the movie had a lot of heart and a lot of laughs. It made me laugh so hard that tears were rolling down my face. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were absolutely terrific as Harry and Lloyd, two dimwits who embarked on a journey to deliver a suitcase to a woman in Aspen, Colorado. A mere twenty years have passed, and we have a sequel featuring these idiots embarking on another journey in Dumb and Dumber To.
The movie opens up with a funny scene involving Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) meeting up with Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) at a mental institution. He tells him to forget about Mary Swanson (from the last film), which is the reason why Lloyd is spending time in a wheelchair looking like a hobo. When Lloyd is about to say something, Harry tells him to spit it out. Then he realizes Lloyd had pulled a 20-year prank on him.
After releasing Lloyd, they go back to Harry’s neighborhood to get a letter from 1991 by Harry’s old girlfriend Fraida (Kathleen Turner). He discovers that Harry has a daughter (Rachel Melvin) who was given up for adoption. They embark on another “grand” adventure to El Paso, Texas where a science convention is taking place. She is delivering a speech, and Harry wants to meet her for the first time. Lloyd starts developing a crush on his daughter (yes, he does have a fantasy about him living a life with her at one point). As they reach for their destination, they come across some encounters.
After starring in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2, two of the biggest flops from last year, Jim Carrey has come back to what made him become one of the funniest comedic actors of all-time. In movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty, it’s impossible not to get a kick out of his physical humor and improvisations. It’s almost as if he’s the lost member of the Three Stooges. Jeff Daniels hasn’t starred in anything famous in a while, except for portraying several supporting roles over the past ten years like in Because of Winn-Dixie and Looper. I’m glad these two actors came back to reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd. Unfortunately, they are the only reasons why everyone should see Dumb and Dumber To. It’s not good.
Following last year’s atrocity (Movie 43), the Farrelly brothers have tried to make a funny sequel to a beloved original. They did succeed in making me laugh at times rather than losing all of my brain cells within the whole running time, but it didn’t make me laugh as much as I wanted. It started losing its steam after the first half-hour with too much toilet humor and very little heart. Making jokes about the blind and people with autism is an insult to not only those who are blind and have autism but also to mankind. By the end of the movie, I had that feeling that I should just watch the original movie again. Seeing Rob Riggle camouflaged with a vending machine is not worth my time.