‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Movie Review – Age Before Beauty
Dumb and Dumber never was a critically-acclaimed film. Sure, it’s a film hordes of young men (myself included) watched over and over again, but that doesn’t mean it was universally-acclaimed. Going into Dumb and Dumber To, you’d be, for the lack of a better term, dumb to think its sequel would be any different. The Farrelly Brothers weren’t going to make a drastically different movie so the movie’s deciding factor becomes the audience. It then becomes very simple: if you like the first one you’re more likely to like the second one, but that’s not even a telling judgement of the unnecessary sequel.
Dumb and Dumber To takes place twenty years after the events of the first movie. The screenwriting team used this to their advantage and immediately made a meta joke. This actually led me to believe Dumb and Dumber To might take a step forward when it came to its sense of humor.
That hope was unfortunately quashed after about fifteen more minutes.
As for plot, Dumb and Dumber To doesn’t really have one. The first time around there was a semblance of a storyline – one involving a cross-country road trip to return a package. This time around, though, they spend the whole movie trying to find Harry (reprised by Jeff Daniels) a new kidney.
However, it’s not too difficult to figure out what went through the screenwriters’ head. They cared more about a joke, enough to sacrifice important elements of plot, to make for a very messy plot line.
Even writing that criticism makes me cringe because that’s not what Dumb and Dumber is about. But, on the other hand, what exactly is it about? Two stupid people doing stupid things? That really doesn’t seem like something worth celebrating.
If you really dig, you can make claims about friendship and the importance of friendship. Even then, though, it’s hard to explain why the characters blatantly choose the girl over their friend. I wouldn’t really consider this that good of a buddy comedy.
So…should Dumb and Dumber To exist? Personally, I’m going to say no because, while it doesn’t tarnish the original film, it isn’t necessary. There’s rarely a need for a sequel but Dumb and Dumber To had its chance and the window has closed. The comedy (even the jokes that actually hit) isn’t worth the ticket price either.
Sure, there are small moments in Dumb and Dumber To which will get you laughing (and I think it’s telling I was surprised there were actually funny parts). In the end, the Farrelly Brothers’ film won’t hold up over time like its comical counterpart. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels looks visibly older and are even more exaggerated characters than before. Their sense of humor hasn’t aged like their target audience and newcomers to this dumb world aren’t likely to stick around for long.
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