In 1994, the original “Dumb and Dumber” arrived and brought us two bumbling idiots: Jeff Daniels, as Harry Dunne, along with Jim Carrey, as Lloyd Christmas. Some 20 years later they are back reprising their roles as Harry and Lloyd In “Dumb and Dumber To.” The “to” is, sadly, not a misprint. That is the first of many unfunny attempts at humor in the film.
The funniest part of the movie is that Jim Carrey, 52, and Jeff Daniels, 59, think they are not too old to play such idiots. Twenty years ago, it worked because they were younger and funnier. Now they are both at an age where this dumb humor doesn’t work for them. Honestly, this juvenile humor probably wouldn't work well for anyone.
Maybe this movie would have worked if it had been made soon after the first. This is a prime example that shows not everything needs a sequel, but in the world of Hollywood, money talks.
This is a complete rehashing of the original, just far less funny. Instead of going on a road-trip to deliver a briefcase filled with money, this time they just go on a road-trip to deliver a different kind of package. Both films end up having so-called bad guys who just want money. This time the bad guy is played by Rob Riggle.
Basically, the movie follows the two on a road-trip to deliver a package to Harry’s daughter, who he just found out about. Nothing is as simple as it seems with these two, and unfunny gags ensue. As stated earlier, if it happens in the first film, it happens again, just in a not so funny way.
Number two, or ‘to’ is more mean spirited than the first, which hurts its charm. Instead of being fun-loving idiots, they are now mean-spirited idiots. In the original, they were the butt of the jokes, but in this one the so-called jokes are at the expense of others. In the first they were protagonists, but in this one they are just annoying bullies worth ignoring.
Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who have written and directed decent films such as “There's Something About Mary,” fail miserably here. It’s bad enough that this film is a rehashing of the first - it’s the fact they needed the help of four more writers to write the film that makes it even worse.
This review can’t be all negative, so let’s talk about the lone positive of the film, not counting the part when the film finally ends. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels do a decent job in the roles they play. They do the best they can with such bad writing. Neither of them will win an award for this, but they do show they can act no matter how bad everything else is.
“Dumb and Dumber To” is a very accurate title as this movie is much dumber than the first. If you want to see Harry and Lloyd in all their glory, go watch the original and stay far away from this crash grab.
Tony Pinto’s grade: F-minus