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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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burt wonderstone

Albert Weinselstein  (Mason Cook, Steve Carrell) is a boy who gets bullied and has an absentee mother.  His life takes a turn for the better when he gets a videotape of famous magician, Rance Holloway. (Alan Arkin) He meets Anthony Mertz (Luke Vanek, Steve Buscemi) in school, and the two devote their lives to magic.  They become the biggest magic act in the country, and they sign a large 10 year deal in Las Vegas with casino magnate, Doug Munny. (James Gandolfini) While Albert and Anthony are getting fat and happy as Burt and Anton, their act is getting stale, and competition is on the horizon in the form of daredevil magician Steve Gray. (Jim Carrey) As Steve gets more popular, Burt and Anton’s crowds start to dwindle.  Burt and Anton try to do a trick in Steve Gray style, and it ends in disaster.  Burt and Anton split up, their assistant, Jane (Olivia Wilde) leaves to become Steve Gray’s assistant.  Can Burt rise back to prominence from the bottom of  the barrel?  Can Burt and Anton repair their friendship and fix the act?

Don’t watch this movie.  The satire is pretty obvious, they are trying to satirize either Seigfried and Roy, or David Copperfield, who is ironically in this movie, and Jim Carrey is obviously trying to satirize David Blaine or Chris Angel.  The problem is the plot has been done before.  A nobody becomes a big star, who gets to full of himself, and gets his comeuppance. It’s been done in The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Campaign, both of those are better movies, and deserve your time more than this movie.

The acting is subpar, only Buscemi and Alan Arkin get any laughs al all, and even they only get mild laughs.  Steve Carrell is going through the motions as the passive aggressive jerk that he played in the Office.  The great James Gandolfini is absolutely wasted, and Jim Carrey who has done great movies like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, reverts back to making faces and mugging for the camera.  Olivia Wilde is nothing more than what she always is, a draw for the teenage boy crowd.  She is not at all plausible as a love interest in this movie. She’s 30 and Carrell is 51, that’s a huge difference.

The writing is dull and predictable, and the direction is not noteworthy. On top of everything else wrong with this movie, there is obvious and shameful product placement.  No movie should ever have product placement.  It’s bad enough we have to sit through ads in the theater, and pay 15 bucks a ticket, we should all demand no product placement in movies.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  Watch the people watching this movie with you disappear.

the truman show

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is an insurance agent on Seahaven Island.  He is married to a nurse named Meryl (Laura Linney) an leads an unremarkable life.  He gets up, he says hi to the neighbors, and goes to work.  Truman hasn’t seen his father (Brian Delate)  since a boating accident, and has been afraid to go back on the water ever since, but Truman thinks he sees his father as a homeless man on the street one day.  When Truman tries to talk to his father, his dad is hustled away from him by police. Puzzled by the series of events, he thinks back to a girl he knew in college, named Lauren, (Natascha McElhone) who takes Truman for a walk on the beach and tells him something very startling, but then Lauren’s  father appears on the same beach and tells Truman that Lauren’s crazy, and that they are taking her away and moving to Fiji.  As he remembers his old college crush Truman realizes that things aren’t quite as they seem in Seahaven, he hears audio from his car radio that seems to describe his every turn in the car.  When Truman deviates from his usual route to work and tries to get on an elevator, the elevator doesn’t look real.  Despite assurances from Meryl and his best friend Marlon (Noah Emmerich ) and a reunion with his long lost father, Truman feels increasingly like he needs to get off Seahaven Island.  Does he get off the island; does he find the answers he’s looking for?

This is an excellent satire of television and a certain genre of tv show, popular in the 90’s, less prevalent today but still a part of the tv landscape.  This movie asks the very pertinent question, how far would a show go to get big ratings?  The answer, according to this movie, is very far indeed.  And that is what makes this movie so interesting and still relevant today, because we know that some tv exec somewhere is being pitched an idea for a tv show that breaks the bounds of good taste.  The second pertinent question is, where are the moral compasses of the people of Seahaven?  Are they all broken?  Wil they not share what they know about Seahaven with the only person who does not know the truth about the town?

The acting is great, Jim Carrey does what few comedic actors can do, he does a serious turn in a satirical movie.  Gone for the most part are the silly faces, gone entirely is the slapstick humor that was Carrey’s trademark.  He did do a strange turn in a strange movie called the Cable Guy, but in The Truman Show he uses all his skills to excellent effect. He did another semi-serious role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but he hasn’t done a movie like this since.   In the Truman Show, He is a guy with a ‘normal’ life, whose moorings are slowly being taken away from him.  He has fun with the role, but he knows there is a serious point being made, and he handles the humorous aspect of the role with equal aplomb.  Laura Linney plays Meryl with a kind of frenetic, nervous energy of a criminal about to be caught.  Ed Harris plays a man with a God complex and does a really good job with it. Harry Shearer is very funny in a small role.  Writer Andrew Niccol writes a nearly flawless satire of a genre that deserves satire in the worst way.

The Truman Show.  Give ‘em Hell, Truman.

Dumb and Dumber

Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) is a limo driver, and he’s driving Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) to the airport.  Mary leaves a suitcase for Joe Mentalino (Mike Starr) and JP Shay (Karen Duffy) but Lloyd takes the suitcase before Mental and JP can get it.  Lloyd’s buddy Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) is a pet groomer hopes to start a pet store with Lloyd. Both of them get fired, and Lloyd wants to travel to Aspen Colorado to return Mary’s suitcase, with nothing better to do, Harry agrees.  Mental and JP are in hot pursuit. Lloyd tricks a truck driver named Sea Bass (Cam Neely) into paying for their lunch, and so Sea Bass joins the hunt for Lloyd and Harry.  When Mental dies, the FBI becomes involved in tracking down Lloyd and Harry.   Harry meets a girl named Beth Jordan (Victoria Rowell) on the way to Aspen but strikes out with her.  Harry and Lloyd make it to Aspen, after a detour though Lincoln Nebraska, and find Mary’s name in an article in the local newspaper.  Do they succeed in giving her the money, or do the FBI or Sea Bass stop them?

Are you having a bad day?  The Sequester got you down?  Tired of hearing of athletes doping or meteorites crashing?  You need a movie that doesn’t require a lot of thinking.   Dumb and Dumber is that movie.  The humor is juvenile, there’s a lot of bathroom humor, if that is not your cup of tea, don’t watch this movie.  There’s also plenty of physical humor, and just a lot of ‘these guys are dumber than dirt’ humor. Jim Carrey steals every scene he’s in, but he’s supposed to, with a Prince Valiant haircut and a chipped tooth, he’s supposed to carry this movie.  However, Jeff Daniels holds his own, and has his own jokes and scenes that made me laugh.  Lauren Holly, Victoria Rowell, and everyone else are simply just straight men for Carrey and Daniels.  The Farrelly Brothers are known for their bad taste, and do nothing to change that in this movie, but again, I laughed a lot.  I watched this movie again because I hope that there’s a sequel, and that the Farrelly’s and Carrey and Daniels are all involved.

Dumb and Dumber:  Killing brain cells as you watch.