*** 1/2 out of 5
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references
Article first published as Movie Review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ on Blogcritics.
Back in their heyday, the Farrelly brothers,Peter and Bobby, were
household names when it came to raunchy comedy. Filling their movies
with down-on-their-luck characters surrounded by wacky weirdos, they
were on a huge winning streak. From their smash debut Dumb & Dumber to the cult favorite Kingpin to their biggest hit, There’s Something About Mary, the trio of hits were inarguable successes. Even Shallow Hal and Stuck on You have a sweetness to make the sick jokes go down easy.
Considering they made a second Jim Carrey vehicle was no surprise and Me, Myself & Irene
showed their relationship with the plastic-faced funnyman worked.
However, not everyone can keep pumping out the hits. Eventually came the
underrated Fever Pitch, but then all they had in them were a remake of The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass, and their worst film to date: The Three Stooges. Thankfully, the Farrelly brothers have gone back to the drawing board and delivered Dumb and Dumber To — their first sequel — but does it live up to the 20-year-in-the-making hype? Mostly.
Two decades have passed and we catch up with Harry (Jeff Daniels) and
Lloyd (Carrey) as dumb and lovable as ever. Harry has been visiting
Lloyd in a psychiatric hospital all these years with Lloyd in a
coma-like state after Mary turned out to be married at the end of the
first film. Turns out, it was all a big gag. Harry takes Lloyd home to
their old apartment where Harry has taken in a roommate to pay Lloyd’s
half of the rent. Here, Harry spills the beans that he’s in need of a
kidney transplant so they visit his parents. Only to find out he’s
But wouldn’t you know it, Harry finds a 22-year-old postcard from his
old flame Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner) saying that she’s pregnant.
Sadly, Fraida gave her daughter up, but Penny (Rachel Melvin) was
adopted by the wealthy Dr. Pinchelow (Steve Tom). Our bumbling heroes
try to visit Penny, but she has already taken off to a Ken Conference in
El Paso, Texas. Now, Harry and Lloyd are on another cross-country trip
to deliver a package for the doctor with his groundskeeper Travis (Rob
Riggle) in tow, who has a nefarious plan with Pinchelow’s wife Adele
(Laurie Holden) to kill them and steal the package claimed to be worth
There are plenty of nods to the first film — with an extended bit
involving the blind, wheelchair-bound Billy (Brady Bluhm) who now has a
rare bird collection in his apartment. This is definitely not one of
those dreaded sequels that simply remakes the original. I wish the
cameos listed on IMDB had made it into the finished film, but I won’t
spoil them here as there’s bound to be an unrated Blu-ray edition. Which
brings up the amount of lowbrow humor. The Farrelly brothers have never
shied away from making audiences uncomfortable, but also for making you
feel guilty you laughed at something, and this is no different.
Dumb and Dumber To feeds your inner child with huge doses of
hilarious wordplay and childish antics. With Daniels and Carrey back in
the lead, we can finally put that horrendous prequel behind us. This is
as good of sequel we’re likely to get, and fans will be pleased. I
should feel bad for admitting it, but as a Dumb man once said, “I like it a lot.”
Photos courtesy Universal Pictures