Hey, you know who I don’t mind one bit? Jim Carrey. Let me take it one step further. I’m a fan of Jim Carrey. Despite his loud and physical sense of humor, Jim Carrey has turned out one great role after another, and despite having… fallen off a bit in recent years, he’s still left behind a lot of classics, like The Mask, The Truman Show, and of course, Dumb and Dumber.
Dumb and Dumber exemplifies dumb humor done right. You’d actually be surprised how hard it is to write a dumb character without simply coming off as a dumb writer. Of course, the brilliance of these movies comes less from the performances of Carrey and Jeff Daniels (although they certainly help), and more from the writing of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. It stands to reason that the duo had a long and prosperous career in comedy writing from then on.
Yeah, Dumb and Dumber seems to have been some sort of strange, unreproducible anomaly in the careers of all its talent. The Farrellys tried to recapture the success again with 2012’s The Three Stooges, but the results were pretty much a failure. So naturally, when they announced that they’d be making a sequel to Dumb and Dumber a full twenty years after the first one came out, I don’t think anyone expected much of it.
Then again, Carrey has bounced back somewhat in recent years. He did an admirable job in Burt Wonderstone, followed by the best performance of his career in Kick-Ass 2, followed by a pretty funny cameo in Anchorman 2. It’s a bit unsettling that he has zero upcoming projects on his IMDb page, but that’s an issue for another time. This hot streak simultaneously gave me a little more faith in Dumb and Dumber To, and a little less in Jim Carrey. So, how was the long-awaited sequel to the 1994 classic?
Eh. Now, don’t get me wrong, “eh” is actually a lot better than I expected. I was put off by the Farrellys’ inability to put a single funny scene or line in any of the trailers, but ultimately, I actually found myself laughing quite a bit at this movie. Well, certain parts of it. The first twenty minutes and the last twenty minutes were good. But not the last five minutes. These parts weren’t particularly better than any other part of the movie, and the rest of the movie wasn’t bad for a specific reason, it’s just that these were the parts that were funny.
You see, this isn’t a movie to be analyzed and picked apart. The beginning and end of the discussion is, “was it funny?” And the answer is, “eh.” However, since this is for all intents and purposes a humor blog, I’ll pick it apart for shits and giggles.
So, let’s talk about how bizarrely, uncomfortably dark this movie is. It starts off, as you saw in the trailer, with Lloyd in a catatonic state, which ultimately turns out to be a prank. While this was admittedly a bit funny, it’s still a bit depressing when you consider that Harry threw his life away to take care of Lloyd, who ultimately was perfectly capable of taking care of himself. Also, within the first scene we find out that Harry needs a kidney transplant. Oh, but don’t worry. After they head down to El Paso to get Harry’s daughter’s kidney, find out that she isn’t his daughter, and Lloyd has dangerous surgery performed on him in Mexico to get Harry the kidney he needs, it turns out that that was also a joke. The movie had us believe that one of the main characters was going to die the whole time, and then in the end there were no stakes at all, because it was all some cruel prank that resulted in innumerable pain and suffering on the part of both of them. This is Dumb and Dumber To.
Also, a few characters from the first movie died, the daughter’s actual father died, the daughter’s adoptive father almost died, Rob Riggle might have died, the deaf kid from the first movie has about a dozen parrots killed by Harry’s cat while the cat was high on crystal meth cooked by Harry’s roommate, Harry got shot, Lloyd had his kidney stolen, and Rob Riggle tried to kill Harry and Lloyd with fireworks, which ultimately resulted in Harry going deaf and Rob Riggle getting hit by a train. After that, Lloyd is forced to finger an elderly woman in exchange for hearing aids for Harry. The long awaited sequel to Dumb and fucking Dumber, ladies and gentlemen.
Despite its prominent displaying in the trailer, the Mutt Cutts van is in the film for precisely five seconds. They get it, and you know the scene in the trailer where they go up a hill and leaps in the air a bit? It immediately falls apart after that. Seriously. It’s never seen again. I think that’s a decent metaphor for what this movie is. It takes what you were hoping for, gives you a faint glimmer of it, and then it just sort of collapses. However, the result is still pretty funny. That’s this movie.
Overall, I give it a C+. See it if you must, I suppose. Like if you like, follow if you follow, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY, and as always…
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