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Review: Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To
11.12.2014
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PLOT: Older but not wiser, Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) hit the road in search of Harry's long-lost daughter Penny (Rachel Melvin), who they hope will be able to give him a kidney in order to save his life. Along the way, they stumble onto a villainous plot by Penny's step-mother (Laurie Holden) to eliminate her adopted father and steal a scientific secret worth billions.

REVIEW: There's something kind of sad about watching Jim Carrey (52) and Jeff Daniels (59) mug around the screen as middle-aged men acting the same way they did twenty years ago. What was once hilarious becomes borderline painful in a sequel that's at least a decade and a half too late. This is one of those movies that only exists to capitalize on the nostalgia factor and goodwill coming from the fact that twenty years later, DUMB AND DUMBER still holds up as a pretty funny flick. While there are half-a-dozen good belly laughs here and there in this sequel, on the whole DUMB AND DUMBER TO (not a typo) makes you wish the Farrelly Brothers had just left well-enough alone.

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DUMB AND DUMBER kicked off a great run of comedies for Bobby & Peter Farrelly, with it followed by the underrated KINGPIN, the megahit THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (I'm shocked we never got a THERE'S 'STILL' SOMETHING ABOUT MARY) and ME, MYSELF & IRENE, which arguably stands as Carrey's last truly great straight-comedy performance. The Farrelly Bros' last few movies have been lean on the laughs, and while Carrey's excelled at dramatic parts (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS) his comedies (YES MAN, MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS, etc) have left much to be desired.

The most noteworthy thing about 'TO' is that this is the first time Carrey's gone back to the frantic mugging style that made him a megastar in years, and despite his age he gives it his all, even if the material hardly merits it. This feels like a cash grab that just tries to hit the same comedic beats as the original, only bigger, louder, and much less funny. One dead bird in the first movie becomes twenty dead birds in the sequel. Lloyd's kung-fu fantasy sequence from the first becomes an even bigger one, etc. Even Rob Riggle's part seems like a total rip-off of the thug played by Mike Starr in the original. Again, much of the plot revolves around Lloyd's pursuit of love, with the cringe-factor played up to near incestuous levels as she happens to be his best buddy's daughter (and just as dim as her father).

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While these jokes mostly fall flat, Carrey does manage to eke out a few good laughs, with the best stuff being the throwaway bits that seem as though Carrey's improvising them. One scene that sticks out is the way Lloyd eats a hot dog (gross) or the way he greets a dog at a gas station. Too bad most of the gags are so uninspired. The gross-out gags fall especially flat, and lack the edge that made the first movie so cool. Carrey and Daniels, who looks especially well preserved, do their best but can only muster a few minor chuckles. Holden's femme fatale bit is played mostly straight, while Kathleen Turner finds herself the butt of a lot of surprisingly mean jokes as Daniels' one-time fling. This film definitely lacks the “rapist wit” of the original, although at least it's better than WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD, which stands as the most ill-advised idea for a movie since SON OF THE MASK. At least the old crew is back together, but much of the magic is gone. Still, Carrey and Daniels at least seem to be having fun once again playing off each other. It would be great to see the two of them together again in something a little sharper where they don't have to pretend it's still 1994.

DUMBER AND DUMBER TO is really only worth seeing if you're a die-hard fan of the first movie and have been dying to see Carrey and Daniels reunite for the last twenty years. If you're looking for nostalgia, just put on some Butthole Surfers or Crash Test Dummies while you try to dig up your old DVD copy of the original. C'mon – I know you have one.

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5:03PM on 11/19/2014
Movie was surprisingly good. A much better sequel than those God-awful Hangover movies.
Movie was surprisingly good. A much better sequel than those God-awful Hangover movies.
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1:33PM on 11/16/2014

Funniest movie in years!

Couldn't disagree more with this review. Dumb & Dumber is my favorite comedy of all time. I went into this film expecting somewhat of a letdown.. wasnt even close. Laughed my ass off from start to finish. Its everything youd expect from a sequel to Dumb & Dumber - dumb, random, silly comedy. I wasnt going into it for a plot the size of Interstellar lol fuck that. I wanted to laugh, and man was it money well spent.
That being said, a comedy is impossible to review. Everyone has a different
Couldn't disagree more with this review. Dumb & Dumber is my favorite comedy of all time. I went into this film expecting somewhat of a letdown.. wasnt even close. Laughed my ass off from start to finish. Its everything youd expect from a sequel to Dumb & Dumber - dumb, random, silly comedy. I wasnt going into it for a plot the size of Interstellar lol fuck that. I wanted to laugh, and man was it money well spent.
That being said, a comedy is impossible to review. Everyone has a different funny bone. I for one didnt enjoy the Hangover series.. but thats just me.
Love this film, will buy it the moment it arrives on Blu-Ray!
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11:59AM on 11/16/2014

God Awful.

So much worse than I thought it could be. So depressing. Probably the worst movie I've paid to see in theaters in years. Loved the baked potato line and that was it.
So much worse than I thought it could be. So depressing. Probably the worst movie I've paid to see in theaters in years. Loved the baked potato line and that was it.
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9:37PM on 11/15/2014

Fucking Hilarious!!!!!!!!

Love the original.. And I now love this one equally..
Love the original.. And I now love this one equally..
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11:48AM on 11/14/2014
NOT GOOD! It felt nothing like the first one at all. Had none of the charm the first one did. The only resemblance was Carrey and Daniels looked like an awfully older version of the original Harry and Lloyd. It was as though they forgot how to play the characters (which over 20 yrs, anyone would), so they went back and watched the first one to try to refresh their memories and - well, it didn't help. There was a slight amount of chuckles but I don't even know if this was worth watching for free
NOT GOOD! It felt nothing like the first one at all. Had none of the charm the first one did. The only resemblance was Carrey and Daniels looked like an awfully older version of the original Harry and Lloyd. It was as though they forgot how to play the characters (which over 20 yrs, anyone would), so they went back and watched the first one to try to refresh their memories and - well, it didn't help. There was a slight amount of chuckles but I don't even know if this was worth watching for free when it gets on Netflix. Not worth Redbox price. DEFINITELY not worth theater price!
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4:37AM on 11/14/2014

"I like it uh-lot."

Sincerely, if you consider the first film to be one of the funniest of all time (as I also do), then this film will be nothing but one big happy to you. I just got back and my face still hurts from laughing. I mean, it's a Dumb and Dumber sequel - the first got a lot of poor reviews in its initial release too; of course its the same style of jokes and writing, if it wasn't, it wouldn't be a proper "Dumb" sequel.
Sincerely, if you consider the first film to be one of the funniest of all time (as I also do), then this film will be nothing but one big happy to you. I just got back and my face still hurts from laughing. I mean, it's a Dumb and Dumber sequel - the first got a lot of poor reviews in its initial release too; of course its the same style of jokes and writing, if it wasn't, it wouldn't be a proper "Dumb" sequel.
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11:33PM on 11/13/2014

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5:12PM on 11/13/2014
I'm surprised Jim Carrey is still alive. I figured he would've offed himself a few years ago.
I'm surprised Jim Carrey is still alive. I figured he would've offed himself a few years ago.
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9:01AM on 11/14/2014
Yea, because making upwards to 20 million a picture back in the day really puts you in tough times :-)
Yea, because making upwards to 20 million a picture back in the day really puts you in tough times :-)
11:57AM on 11/14/2014
Yea, because wealthy comedians don't commit suicide. :-)
Yea, because wealthy comedians don't commit suicide. :-)
2:28PM on 11/13/2014
This film, much like the first one, is review proof.
This film, much like the first one, is review proof.
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2:01PM on 11/13/2014

For better or worse... No review will stop me from seeing this

While my expectations have been reduced, nothing will stop me from seeing this movie. I saw Whiplash last night and it was the best movie of the year so at least I saw that one
While my expectations have been reduced, nothing will stop me from seeing this movie. I saw Whiplash last night and it was the best movie of the year so at least I saw that one
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1:54PM on 11/13/2014

QUESTION

Has this movie been advertised a lot on TV and such? I haven't been watching, and haven't heard or seen anything about the movie ( besides joblo articles) so I was wondering if they are advertising it a lot or if it's just me?

This movie's advertising started out really well with those posters of only each character's suit from the original movie (can't remember what colors - like light blue and pink). I really thought those were brilliant teaser trailers, but everything else has been
Has this movie been advertised a lot on TV and such? I haven't been watching, and haven't heard or seen anything about the movie ( besides joblo articles) so I was wondering if they are advertising it a lot or if it's just me?

This movie's advertising started out really well with those posters of only each character's suit from the original movie (can't remember what colors - like light blue and pink). I really thought those were brilliant teaser trailers, but everything else has been TERRIBLE. I don't think the Farrelly Bros are capable of making a funny movie anymore. And the trailers have looked terrible. I was 9 when the movie came out. I loved it. But I'm not sure it holds up today. I read one article calling it the funniest movie ever, and I don't think it even compares to... Step-Brothers, and there's a dozen other movies I can think of from airplane to Seth Rogen stuff
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8:49PM on 11/13/2014
It has, but advertising started kind of late, only a couple months ago, which is somewhat unusual for a high profile winter picture. This is especially true for a sequel to a well known and popular comedy like the original. But there have been lots of TV spots and trailers, as well as big theater advertising.
It has, but advertising started kind of late, only a couple months ago, which is somewhat unusual for a high profile winter picture. This is especially true for a sequel to a well known and popular comedy like the original. But there have been lots of TV spots and trailers, as well as big theater advertising.
12:49PM on 11/13/2014

Thanks for confirming my suspicions

I'd say Jim Carrey needs to have a serious think about his career: between this and his unprofessional behaviour on KICK-ASS 2, his future is not looking bright in Hollywood. Jeff Daniels deserved better; he's a pretty underrated actor.
I'd say Jim Carrey needs to have a serious think about his career: between this and his unprofessional behaviour on KICK-ASS 2, his future is not looking bright in Hollywood. Jeff Daniels deserved better; he's a pretty underrated actor.
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12:00PM on 11/13/2014
I. Told. You. So.
I. Told. You. So.
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10:18AM on 11/13/2014

Propbably more like 6/10

I saw this last night and thought it was actually pretty funny. Obviously there were some convoluted plot points but its a Dumb and Dumber movie. Comedy is so hard to do well and the writers definitely decided to go with a ton of more raunchy jokes for this one. Some of it works some do not, overall a pretty funny sequel though.
I saw this last night and thought it was actually pretty funny. Obviously there were some convoluted plot points but its a Dumb and Dumber movie. Comedy is so hard to do well and the writers definitely decided to go with a ton of more raunchy jokes for this one. Some of it works some do not, overall a pretty funny sequel though.
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10:17AM on 11/13/2014
Thanks for the review. But I pretty much felt the same way just from watching the trailers.
Thanks for the review. But I pretty much felt the same way just from watching the trailers.
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9:32AM on 11/13/2014
Can expect 90% of people going just for a nostalgia feel. And since my friends are going, I'll probably be one of them.
Can expect 90% of people going just for a nostalgia feel. And since my friends are going, I'll probably be one of them.
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9:28AM on 11/13/2014
I saw this flick last week and fully agree... it was mediocre. The original ranks as one of my all time favorites, this one was basically The Hangover 2, the exact same movie... and after 20 years i expected more
I saw this flick last week and fully agree... it was mediocre. The original ranks as one of my all time favorites, this one was basically The Hangover 2, the exact same movie... and after 20 years i expected more
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8:39AM on 11/13/2014
After MoS, I've learnt my lesson about being pumped up going in to a movie expecting stuff of greatness.
After MoS, I've learnt my lesson about being pumped up going in to a movie expecting stuff of greatness.
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8:20AM on 11/13/2014

VHS

I have the VHS copy. That is the true fan!
I have the VHS copy. That is the true fan!
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4:59AM on 11/13/2014
This would be why Jennifer Lawrence veto her cameo [link]

They should of done like that youtube video going around the net,'Too many cooks.' This movie starts of as a comedy then half way through Lloyd starts decapitating people and it goes all morbid and surreal*


*And this is why i`m not a famous screenwriter.
This would be why Jennifer Lawrence veto her cameo [link]

They should of done like that youtube video going around the net,'Too many cooks.' This movie starts of as a comedy then half way through Lloyd starts decapitating people and it goes all morbid and surreal*


*And this is why i`m not a famous screenwriter.
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2:12PM on 11/13/2014
That's a real bummer. I love the fact that she's so into the original and it seemed perfect that one of the top actresses of this generation was going to cameo here.
That's a real bummer. I love the fact that she's so into the original and it seemed perfect that one of the top actresses of this generation was going to cameo here.
3:05AM on 11/13/2014
That's too bad. It almost sounds like they made the exact same film again but just twenty years later (minus the whole daughter aspect). I had a bad feeling that too much time has passed and that the film's jokes would relt too heavily on references from the original.
That's too bad. It almost sounds like they made the exact same film again but just twenty years later (minus the whole daughter aspect). I had a bad feeling that too much time has passed and that the film's jokes would relt too heavily on references from the original.
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1:27AM on 11/13/2014

Not too sure how seriously I can take this review

if the reviewer gets harry and lloyd mixed up?
if the reviewer gets harry and lloyd mixed up?
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12:57AM on 11/13/2014
I was expecting 6/10 but 4? Sigh. Still, I haven't listened to Butthole Surfers and Crash Test Dummies in AGES!
I was expecting 6/10 but 4? Sigh. Still, I haven't listened to Butthole Surfers and Crash Test Dummies in AGES!
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12:53AM on 11/13/2014
No suprises here.
No suprises here.
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12:44AM on 11/13/2014

Oh well...

Still gotta be better than '21 Jump Street'. [But that ain't saying much]
Still gotta be better than '21 Jump Street'. [But that ain't saying much]
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2:10PM on 11/13/2014
No its not.
No its not.
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12:29AM on 11/13/2014

what's better?

"To" or "Dumberer"?
"To" or "Dumberer"?
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12:43AM on 11/13/2014
Did you read the above article?
Did you read the above article?
12:08AM on 11/13/2014

Time to retire!

Yeah it's sad, that the Farrelly Bros. after all these years, still haven't evolved and matured as filmmakers. And they had to drag JIm Carrey and Jeff Daniels into this dreck.
Yeah it's sad, that the Farrelly Bros. after all these years, still haven't evolved and matured as filmmakers. And they had to drag JIm Carrey and Jeff Daniels into this dreck.
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12:06AM on 11/13/2014
I was afraid of this. The trailers have been brutal.
I was afraid of this. The trailers have been brutal.
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12:06AM on 11/13/2014

HAHAHA

I called this from a 1,000 miles away. The trailer was painful to get through, I didn't laugh once through it not even a chuckle. That is something that is impossible for me to do. Because quite frankly I laugh at a lot of things I got a very good sense of humor but this is 20 years to fucking late.This is basically a paycheck and a quick cash count. It would of been funny if they would of done it like 2 or even 3 years after the first. For crying out loud I was 10 when the first came out thats
I called this from a 1,000 miles away. The trailer was painful to get through, I didn't laugh once through it not even a chuckle. That is something that is impossible for me to do. Because quite frankly I laugh at a lot of things I got a very good sense of humor but this is 20 years to fucking late.This is basically a paycheck and a quick cash count. It would of been funny if they would of done it like 2 or even 3 years after the first. For crying out loud I was 10 when the first came out thats sad.
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2:26AM on 11/13/2014
What's funny is that you used 'to' in the same context as the title of this film. Please tell me you're being ironic.
What's funny is that you used 'to' in the same context as the title of this film. Please tell me you're being ironic.
8:09AM on 11/13/2014
Agree. Thought trailer was unfunny as hell. Didn't laugh once or understand all the praise for it. Not surprised at all with this review. Honestly thought it would be lower.
Agree. Thought trailer was unfunny as hell. Didn't laugh once or understand all the praise for it. Not surprised at all with this review. Honestly thought it would be lower.
11:59PM on 11/12/2014
i had a feeling it was gonna be bad
i had a feeling it was gonna be bad
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