At first, I thought maybe it was just me who wasn’t finding “Dumb and Dumber To” all that funny. After all, I’m not really a fan of crude humor, of which there is plenty in this movie. But then I realized no one else in the theater was laughing either. It just isn’t that funny. Which is sad, because we can all use a good laugh about now, right?
It’s been 20 years since Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) first appeared on the big screen, and not much has happened during that time. Lloyd has been living in an assisted living facility, while his best friend Harry — the most devoted and loyal friend in the world — has been coming to see him every week.
But Harry is in need of a new kidney, and about to give up the ghost because he has no biological relatives. Until, that is, he discovers an old postcard with a note written by a woman he may have gotten pregnant many years ago. He and Lloyd track down the woman, Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner — yes, Kathleen Turner!), who reveals that she gave the baby up for adoption.
Thus sets off a chain of events that puts Harry and Lloyd on the road to find this girl, named Penny (Rachel Melvin). Turns out her adoptive parents are super rich, and her dad is a big-shot scientist who has sent Penny to a convention to accept an award for him.
It’s a comedy of errors as Harry and Lloyd follow Penny to the convention, where Harry is mistaken for her biological dad and asked to judge a young inventor’s panel.
Here’s the good thing about “Dumb and Dumber To”: there’s still plenty of chemistry between Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and the two seasoned actors play well off each other. You can’t help but smile when they get on a bicycle together and pedal down the road like they’re ten years old.
Fans of the original movie might get a kick out of this one (though not in the theater where I saw it), but the script is filled with tired gags, an uninspired plot, and plenty of crude humor, including fart jokes, “funky” hand jokes, and other gags that just aren’t very funny.
Sorry, Jim and Jeff. I love you guys and really wanted to love this movie. Maybe a new franchise is in order?
Reel Rating: 2 out of 5 Reels
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language, and some drug references
Released in Theaters: Nov. 14, 2014
Best for Ages: 15+
Genre: Comedy, Sequel
Runtime: 110 minutes
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM:
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Images in this review used courtesy of Paramount Pictures.