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Dumb & Dumber To – Review


Release Date: 14 November 2014 [USA]
Director: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
Writer: Sean Anders [Screenplay]
Cast: Jim Carrey - Jeff Daniels - Rob Riggle



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Posted December 31, 2014 by

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Dumb & Dumber To Review:

Back in 1994, no one knew about the Farrelly Brothers, until they released ‘Dumb & Dumber’, casting Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as goof number 1 and goof number 2, also known as Crazy and Stupid (but nobody is actually able to tell you which is which between the two of them !), but originally names Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey). The success of ‘Dumb and Dumber’ was so huge (a total 250 millions of dollars worldwide, for a first movie, is not what a call a bad performance) that the Farrelly Brothers almost immediately made a prequel of their hit, called ‘Dumb and Dumberer – When Harry met Lloyd’, but, it is better not to talk about this nightmare that shouldn’t even be called a movie. Truly, the thing is a disgrace. So our two brothers wisely decided to pursue some other agenda, involving movies with no sequel or prequel of any sort : ‘There’s something about Mary’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, ‘Stuck on You’, ‘Hall Pass’. In twenty years, the whole world was becoming familiar of the Farrelly humor, and a lot of the early fans seemed to be screaming : “We want Harry and Lloyd back !” So, twenty years after the first adventures of our favorites simple-minded, we have finally the pleasure of living another crazy stupid insane story of our two buddies. I give you : ‘Dumb and Dumber To’.

Unable to get back from the heartbreak Mary “Samsonite” Swanson gave him, Lloyd is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital. Every wednesday, Harry visits and brings him candy, biscuits, and tries his best to take care of his friend, who became mute and almost catatonic. Twenty years later, Harry visits one last time : he explains to Lloyd that he is ill, in a need for a new kidney, and since nobody is able to help him, he has to seek for his daughter he seems to have had with Fraida Fischer (Kathleen Turner), a local woman renowned to be easy, today converted to tend the funeral parlor, but she gave up the baby for adoption at birth. Lloyd chooses this moment to surprise Harry and reveal his prank to be the longest in history, and decides to come along Harry to look for his daughter, who was adopted by Dr Pichelow, a famous scientist.

If I won’t get further into the plot, and leave that pleasure to those of you who want to do it on their own, I will however warn you that, as expected, this sequel is not as good as the original. It may be obvious, but if some ingredients that made the success of the first movie were very ingeniously reused in this one, some of the magic is clearly gone over the years. It’s even more sad to see the difference between both the film, when you can see how much special effects were used in this one, when the 1994 version had almost none. It’s a good thing the pranks and the jokes are still there, and a lot of references and privates jokes with the first movie, which will give the early fans a treat. But, if you are not really into that kind of humor, or if you were expecting some challenge in the understanding of the plot, you clearly will be bored. It is obvious that Daniels and Carrey enjoyed themselves doing this sequel, but it is also obvious that it won’t have the same effect as ‘Dumb and Dumber’ first of the name made. I guess the intention is all that matters!


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Theo Tessa
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