It’s been 20 years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels graced our screens in the original cult-favourite comedy Dumb and Dumber, and with rumours of a sequel swirling around for the last few years, it was no surprise when Dumb and Dumber To hit the top spot at the box office on opening weekend. Now, let me pretense by saying, I really did enjoy the first D&D. Every time it’s on tv, I watch it and I laugh. I’m not one of those girls that can’t appreciate slapstick shtick and the occasional fart joke, but I have to say, I Haaaaaated the sequel.
As much as I was going into the theatre expecting the same thing as the first flick, I think I was secretly hoping that it would be a bit different—more evolved—as our general tastes in comedy have become. But, alas, it was the same. damn. thing. and 20 years later, it’s just not as funny. There’s something nostalgic in watching a two decade-old movie and still laughing at the same old jokes, but I guess when you see that, 20 years later, the guys are still as dumb as ever, then the laughter kind of stops. (Even the bf didn’t like it, and that’s saying a lot, because he was absolutely stoked to see it.)
The storyline was a bit too complicated for the variety of flick—too many working parts for two guys that don’t know right from left is just overkill. The story starts with Harry visiting Lloyd in an assisted care facility (which you immediately find out is a two decade-old prank that just makes you shake your head), after which they set off to find Harry’s 20-year-old daughter and “hilarity” ensues. It was just bad—it dragged and it was so so so stupid. Yes, I know, it says “dumb” IN THE TITLE, but there’s silly and then there’s just Dumb and Dumber To.
In their defense, some of the old jokes still work, but not enough to make the two hour run time, $25 in movie tickets (plus an extra $25 for popcorn, obvs) and the 20 year wait worth it. You’d think with all that time to create a sequel, it would have been a smidgin better. If you want the laughs and the classic schtick of Harry and Lloyd, save yourself the cash and just rewatch the original—I’m sure it’ll be on tv again soon.
D (for dumb)