UK Release Date: 19th December 2014
Runtime: 109 minutes
Director: Farrelly Brothers
Writer: Farrelly Brothers
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner, Steve Tom, Laurie Holden
Synopsis: Two ageing friends reunite and travel across the country in an attempt to find one of them the kidney transplant that he needs in order to survive.
It’s becoming increasingly trendy for franchises to return years after their last entry for one more film. American Reunion came nine years after American Wedding and there were another nine between Sin City and this year’s pitiful sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Now it’s the turn of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, returning after 20 years for Dumb and Dumber To.
After revealing his 20-year coma to be a gag, Lloyd (Carrey) reunites with Harry (Daniels). When Harry reveals he needs a kidney transplant, Lloyd suggests they track down his long-lost daughter Penny (Rachel Melvin) in the hope that she will be a donor.
There’s a constant nagging feeling throughout Dumb and Dumber To that everyone involved is just a little bit too old for this. Following Carrey’s more serious roles in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Daniels’ work on The Newsroom, they both seem somewhat ill-fitting in a return to their early doofus roles.
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The script, too, feels somewhat aged. Whilst the standard scatological gags pretty much run as expected, there’s something really depressing about hearing them from actors who are so obviously capable of producing something more interesting. Carrey and Daniels have both done a lot of great work, both within the comedy genre and outside of it. Dumb and Dumber To is a real step down for both men.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing better in store for the supporting players. Rachel Melvin is saddled with one of the most infuriating roles of 2014 and there’s little for Rob Riggle to do except to be the butt of the protagonists’ jokes.
The plot is also utterly nonsensical. It simply works as a vague capsule for the central adventure with crucial plot points explained away whenever they’ve served their purpose of creating a couple of jokes. A film that reignites a decades-old franchise needs to have at least something of a story to hold the nostalgia together. Dumb and Dumber To absolutely doesn’t have that.
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There’s very little imagination to Dumb and Dumber To and that’s what kills it dead. For every little snigger or interesting moment, there’s far more time of infuriatingly unamusing slapstick and lame stabs at emotion. It feels like a film that should’ve spent just a bit more time at the drawing board.
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Dumb and Dumber To is a sequel that really suffers from the amount of time between films. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have both aged too much and done too much better work to reduce themselves to this again.
It might have worked a couple of years after the original, but 20 years is too long for anyone.
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