Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Comedy
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DUMB AND DUMBER TO, from left: Jim Carrey, Rob Riggle, Jeff Daniels, 2014. ph: Hopper

Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reunite after 20 years apart.  Harry needs a kidney and thinks he can get one from a daughter named Penny (Rachel Melvin) he fathered 22 years earlier with Fraida (Kathleen Turner) the town tramp. Penny’s now living with his adopted father Dr. Pinchalow (Steve Tom) and his scheming wife Adele. (Laurie Holden)  Adele is slowly poisoning her husband and having an affair with Travis (Rob Riggle)  Dr. Pinchalow has created a revolutionary invention, that will save humanity, it’s worth a billion dollars. Dr. Pinchalow wants Penny to present this invention at a scientific conference, and make a speech on his behalf.  But a mixup gives Harry and Lloyd the invention, and Adele and Travis are in hot pursuit. Will Harry be reunited with his daughter?  Will he get his kidney transplant?

Do not watch this movie.  It commits the cardinal sin in a comedy, it’s not funny, not in the least. A collection of bathroom humor, and teenage sex jokes are not funny.  When the bar is intentionally set so low that a snake’s belly can cross it, and the movie is still not funny, that is a problem, a huge problem! There is a cringeworthy “relationship” between Lloyd and Penny, and the movie is so badly written that the second hour absolutely negates the first hour of this film.  And it took 6 writers to write this piece of flotsam.

Jim Carrey should be ashamed of himself, he mugs relentlessly for the camera, as he does for most of his movies, but with no jokes behind the mugging, they are just empty gestures and gestures that the audience has seen before many times.  The really sad part is he has done better, the Truman Show was a movie he could try to replicate, but instead he plays it safe and cashes in.  Jeff Daniels actually has a career, he did the critically acclaimed Newsroom, to go back to a movie like this is insulting. And Kathleen Turner, how low has her career sunk?  I remember her in Body Heat, and Peggy Sue Got Married.  Is this Hollywood’s punishment for her weight gain?

How low have the Farrelly brothers sunk?  They used to make quirky, funny movies, like Kingpin, There’s Something  About Mary and Stuck on You, and now they make the Three Stooges and this movie, they have to rediscover the formula that made their movies great, and start making those movies again.

Dumb and Dumber To:  Freedumb means not having to watch this movie.


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