Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still thrive like it was yesterday, but the dumb humour might be getting a bit too old

After 20 long years, the sequel to one of the films that largely contributed to Jim Carrey’s (Ace Venture, The Mask, Truman Show, Liar, Liar, Man on the Moon, Bruce Almighty) mainstream success is finally here, with the funny man himself reuniting with Jeff Daniels to reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry respectively. As you probably have seen in the trailers, Lloyd has been in mental hospital for 20 years before revealing that he was actually playing a prank on Harry all along. The duo go on a road trip when Harry claims that he needs a kidney transplant and learns that he apparently has a grownup daughter he never knew he did.

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Dumb and Dumber Too is directed and co-written by the Farrell brothers, the same people that did the hilarious first film, but it needed as many as 6 credited writers to come up with such a simple, cliched plot for this sequel, with retarded humour that’s so insensitively outrageous, some people might feel uncomfortable laughing at. One of the credited writers is Sean Anders, the director and co-writer of Horrible Bosses 2, and that’s where I believe some of the more offensive gags from. As far as the story goes, it’s as unoriginal as it can be – road trip comedy, villain tagging along with the protagonists not knowing that he’s a bad guy, dumb fellow mistaken as an important intelligent guest at an exhibition, and a twist that most people should be able to see coming from miles away.

There are some parts that are just too inconsistent or forceful to laugh at, like Harry’s Chinese adoptive parents whose accent and language they make fun of in the scene but they’ve been in the US for at least half their lives and the mother still doesn’t speak English? Then there are jokes that are pretty decent, like Lloyd saying that God must have smoked weed because there’s no reason for testicles to be outside of a human’s body. But ultimately, nobody’s going to nitpick these issues when they’re watching a movie they knew was going to be just absolutely stupid.

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Jim Carrey’s committed performance, as always, is just exaggeratedly good. He could even make a lame fart joke in the film and people would still laugh hard at it because he’s just that great of an comedian. And from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), we know the Carrey can also be a very good drama actor. Jeff Daniel’s display, however, doesn’t stand out as much, but it could be because the personality of his character, Harry, is supposed to be less screwed up than Lloyd’s. I can’t recall, it’s been 20 years since I watched the 1994 Dumb and Dumber. But I do remember it being way funnier back then. Anyway, both these actors have aged quite a bit but they’re evidently young enough at heart to make people laugh. Some of the slapstick nonsense they pull here can simply just crack you up even though it’s clearly unfunny. It works just because it’s Carrey and Daniel. The biggest issue is that it’s difficult to feel that these two are actually friends that care for each other. There’s just no true emotional connection.

Rachel Melvin, who plays Harry’s apparent daughter, Penny/Fanny, is pretty but unfortunately her role is underdeveloped with no intention for any emotional attachment at all. It seems as though she’s just there to be an eye candy who’s just as retarded as the main duo without an unique personality of her own. Bill Murray apparently makes a cameo appearance as character by the name of Ice Pick but I didn’t notice at all (good disguise, I suppose?).

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Dumb and Dumber is simply the most all-out disgusting, racist, homophobic and absolutely tasteless slapstick comedy from Hollywood this year. Classic retarded humour almost at its best, featuring an old duo that could still do no wrong with it. Just too bad it’s not the 90s anymore.

Post-credit scene: I didn’t stay for it but according to Wikipedia, there’s a cameo appearance by a character named Sea Bass (Cam Neely) from the first film, which I wouldn’t have remembered anyway (it’s 20 freaking years, man). Also, a mock poster for a future sequel (did they just rip off that idea from 22 Jump Street?).

What I would’ve named the film: “Dumb and Older Now”

Censorship in Malaysia: I don’t recall any scenes with awkward skips during the advance screening held in Petaling Jaya but it’s not the type of comedy that would have F-bombs and nudity anyway.

Second opinion: My girlfriend felt that it was lame but it made her laugh anyway.

Verdict: Can’t say it’s a “feel good” comedy but it’s definitely lighthearted. Usually, when it comes to this kind of comedy, it’s either you love it or just hate it but I’m on the fence as I was from that era and I loved the first film.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Dumb and Dumber To poster malaysiaGenre: Comedy
Running Time: 110 minutes
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Sean Anders, John Morris, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rachel Melvin, Angela Kerecz, Kathleen Turner

Malaysia Release Date: 27 November 2014
Rated: P13
Local Distributor: TGV Pictures
Production: New Line Cinema, Red Granite Pictures, Conundrum Entertainment

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