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“Dumb and Dumber To,” a fitting title to a dumber sequel

  • Written by Tony Pinto

 

Pinto-PicksIn 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

 

Old Brosnan doesn’t bond well with audience in ‘November Man’

By Tony Pinto

Pierce Brosnan is back in action as a wannabe James Bond. The man who actually played James Bond in “Goldeneye” nearly 20 years ago, is back trying to be an action star in the movie “The November Man.” 

 

  At 61, he’s still got something, but that might just be his appetite for on screen drinking.
  Brosnan plays ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who, like Bond, is fond of the liquor. The films plot centers around Devereaux being pulled out of retirement for one last mission. Of course, this time there are personal reasons involved.
  The film opens up with a flashback of a botched mission, where Devereaux and his much younger, inexperienced partner David Mason (Luke Bracey) accidentally kill an innocent child. Five years after that fateful day, Mason is ordered to kill a former Russian spy named Celia (Caterina Scorsone.)
  As to not give too much away, that somehow affects Devereaux. Soon, he goes on a somewhat vengeful rampage against the CIA. In what would only happen in a movie, the CIA sends his former partner David Mason to capture him.
  There is a lot of violence in this movie. Way more than is needed. This is an action movie so some violence was expected, but most of this violence seems unnecessary. Watching this movie will give you the view that director Roger Donaldson is a fan of pointless killing.
  Donaldson must also be a fan of adult situations, which there are far too many off. It would be different if these scenes helped move the plot along but they don’t do any of that. They just help slow the plot down.
And it’s already slow as it is.
  There is not much reason to go see this movie. Brosnan is only okay, and what more can you expect. He’s too old to be an action star but if it’s any consolation he looks extremely well for his age.
  The plot is mostly pointless. There are a few scenes that happen that will have you puzzled and not in a good way. There are a few scenes where Brosnan’s character, who is the good guy, becomes the bad guy for a few minutes. A good guy wouldn’t do this or that but in this film they apparently do.
You might be thinking major plot twist during these scenes, which never happens. All these scenes do is contradict the already lazy plot by just being tossed in. If they never get brought up again whats the point of them?
  If you want violence for no reason, you have it. If you want adult situations for no reason, you have it. If you want anything else from this film, you don’t have it. It’s a film Brosnan didn’t need to make and it’s a film you don’t need to see.
  Tony Pinto’s Grade: D