Dumb and Dumber To is a 2014 American comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. As established, it is a direct sequel to their 1994 film Dumb and Dumber, and something of a sequel to the 2003 film When Harry Met Lloyd. (Although, there isn't exactly a lot of continuity there.) This is the first time that Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey have reprised their roles of the characters in twenty years, and it also features new cast members like Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner. Since its release, Dumb and Dumber To has garnered negative reviews from critics and moviegoers alike, but has been a considerable success at the box-office. While it won't make anywhere near the original film at the domestic office, especially when adjusted for inflation, it remains to be seen what reach it will have overseas.
In the story, not a whole lot has happened in the last twenty years, in-fact, Lloyd had himself institutionalized and pretended to be unresponsive for the whole time. However, as Harry reveals his desperate need for a kidney, they set out on a cross country trip in an attempt to find Harry's daughter, who was put up for adoption twenty years earlier I'll start off by stressing the disconcerting feeling that I had prior to watching this in theaters. Everything felt offbeat and like it wouldn't be able to work at all whatsoever. In the trailers, I felt as if I wasn't watching Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles of Lloyd and Harry, but like I was watching two fifty-something year olds trying to act like how they thought two idiots should act. After watching the film and giving it the college try, I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with their performances.
I remember one critic comparing them to a rockband doing a 'desperate reunion tour' long after their time is up. I can see that, but my opinion is that it's more like when Black Sabbath came back together. Ozzy Osbourne wasn't washed up but it was like a throwback to a nostalgic time. The band getting back together. That's what this feels like. After it, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will both likely go back to making other movies, each varying in quality. I suppose that what I am saying is that it doesn't feel like it's forced or holding onto something that isn't there. I watched the film and it felt organic, like when the actors aged, the characters aged as well. The duos rapport and chemistry was still intact. I believe that if they would made a sequel to Dumb and Dumber eighteen years ago, this is about the level of quality that we could have expected from the Farrelly Brothers.
The film isn't very good though. The characters are back with a similar wackiness to what we've come to expect from them, but at least in my opinion, the first wasn't exactly 'great' in the first place. The difference is that it brought a certain freshness and novelty to it, some laughs, and was simply done better. In this one, the novelty and freshness has unfortunately shriveled up and dissipated with the times, while the laughs have diminished considerably. I can't deny that there's a handful of comedic moments though. It was a fun movie by all means, but it wasn't what I would call a 'good' one either. The film obviously centers around two moronic characters doing outlandish things, but now there's a stupidity to the premise as well. Besides the fact that it's all over the map, which is something that I think all of us expected, the film doesn't even feel like anything is accomplished with it. Fellow TFSer Matan Luggasy described it to me rather fittingly in saying that the film "feels like it doesn't exist," and that's because the entire story comes off as a complete waste of time by the end.
The reason that the films are called Dumb and Dumber is because the characters are ridiculous and silly, come in-contact with ridiculous and silly people, and do ridiculous and silly things, but Dumb and Dumber To might very well have its name because it's ridiculous and silly to try and fathom the stupidity that went into its concept. Looking back, Dumb and Dumber To has some entertaining moments and a few laughs, but it doesn't work. What's interesting is that I was most concerned with whether or not Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels would be able to return to form for the film, but what it comes down to is the fact that the writing and directing was the ultimate catastrophe
Rating: Below Average