DUMB AND DUMBER TO | MOVIE REVIEW

It has been exactly twenty years since we were graced with the two idiots Lloyd and Harry, played hysterically by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Kernel Alistair reviews this one, I will see it when it comes out on home entertainment – I loved the first one so much, back then Carrey was a god, I used to finish work at midnight and have my work friends back to my house, well actually my nan’s, she would sleep in her room while we cried hysterically at IN LIVING COLOUR, smoking weed and watching a young Carrey push the boundaries of  comedy to a new level with the Wayan’s brothers. It was at this time that Carrey movies went nuts, he was a prolific comedian in movies and we all embraced and loved him. I am sure he still has the gold in there but I think his comedy suited back then, Lloyd Christmas belongs in the 90s, and then I cannot comprehend I was watching Daniels last week as the serious newsreader with strong moral fibre in THE NEWSROOM. But stuff my judgement, if you are in your late teens roll those joints and get to your nearest cinemas!! (Perhaps see the first one first!). DUMBER AND DUMBER TO is out today in Australia from Universal Pictures Australia, it is rated M and runs for 109mins. Enjoy Alistairs review! All the best…………JK. 

 

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REVIEW BY ALISTAIR SHIELDS

And so returns the legendary figures of Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) influencing a generation of Stiflers and Deuce Bigalows. 20 years have been and gone since the DUMB AND DUMBER duo graced our screen, 20 years since the good hearted, but incredibly dimwitted, couple set out across the American wilderness to return a stolen briefcase full of money to the beautiful Mary Swanson.

A lot has changed in 20 years.

DUMB AND DUMBER TO would have provided quite the head scratcher to the variety of writers (which included the Kings of Dumb, the Farrelly Brothers) who put their heads together to bring this film to life considering that 20 years has passed since the success of its predecessor. That’s a long while since Harry and Lloyd have been away from our hearts and mind. So, true to form, the film begins with one of the all-time dumbest jokes/pranks.

 

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DUMB AND DUMBER TO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LLOYD (JIM CARREY) AND HARRY (JEFF DANIELS) IN THE FLYING VAN

 

It all begins at a nursing home where Lloyd now rests, sadly, in a completely catatonic state. In one of Harry’s weekly visits to his dear friend it is revealed that Lloyd was faking for 20 years after Harry spills that he has a significant medical problem which means he can no longer visit. So Dumb. He was faking for 20 years being in a completely motionless, voiceless state. And so begins the friend’s journey back on the screen as they seek to help Harry through his problem to find a lost kidney. This involves reuniting him with an old “lover” and a long lost daughter.

Of course this long lost daughter now resides at the home of a wealthy doctor who has invoked the wrath of a money greedy couple who are looking to steal the doctor’s wealth which means killing the whole family, including Harry and Lloyd.

The script lacks the warmth of the original film but stretches the dumb to extraordinary lengths. Something that brought the film down a bit in my eyes. A key to success of the original film was the genuine, heart-on-your-sleeve, natures of Harry and Lloyd who were travelling across America to return a lost briefcase to Lloyd’s crush. It so happened that their natures were also very, very, stupid but like that of a child in adult form. In this sequel the characters lose some of this childlike behaviour while the jokes become more of an everyday act of stupidity (albeit stupid taken to astronomical heights), the jokes in the original were a cleverly written dumb. They were the type of dumb acts, or incidences, that you never thought anyone could really do but when they did it you thought to yourself ‘yeah someone could be dumb enough to do that.’

 

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DUMB AND DUMBER TO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LLOYD (JIM CARREY)

 

The jokes have moved more into the domain of AMERICAN PIE or NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE. However, there are times when the old jokes shine and you truly see the original DUMB AND DUMBER but it takes a while for the duo, and film, to warm up to this point and you begin the first half of the film expecting far more than you get.

Seeing Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels together again is great but at the same time it is a little sobering. The last time we saw these two they had baby-like faces and a baby-intellect. Now wrinkles adorn their faces and the child-like act is disillusioned by the knowledge that these two are far older and more intelligent than they act. The jokes are a little less crisper and convincing but the natural youthful exuberance of the two stars manages to let the Harry and Lloyd characters of old shine at times but at others you just reminisce of better times. This is at no fault of their own, the two stars are just at different stages of their career now, Jeff Daniels is the man behind the newsdesk while Jim Carrey plays to a different type of comedy.

 

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DUMB AND DUMBER TO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LLOYD (JIM CARREY) AND HARRY (JEFF DANIELS)

 

The supporting cast is limited in the film and provides only the ammunition for Jeff and Jim to feed off. Exception is the comedy side-man of Rob Riggle who plays the pair of brothers, Travis and Cpt. Lippincott. I am a fan of Riggle. His presence is always welcome as he injects humour and commitment to every line he plays, making sure that there is always a laugh. A surprise appearance was that of Kathleen Turner who was nominated for an Academy Award back in 1987 for PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED (JK NOTE: the woman is a legend Alistair!! ROMANCING THE STONE, WAR OF THE ROSES, BODY HEAT – I could go on and on about this woman!!). A face I had not seen for some time but not an unwelcome one. She plays Fraida Felcher, the mother of the long lost daughter, and provides a solid dead-pan, wall-of-brick, face for Harry and Lloyd to spitfire off.

At the end of the day, DUMB AND DUMBER TO is a tip of the hat to it’s a predecessor and a film that Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey needed to get off their chest to finally close the door on what was one of the defining comedic films of the 90s, for better or worse. It is a nostalgia run and by the end you’ll be left wanting to watch the first film to see the original masters of Dumb, a far better film.

 

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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