I guarantee it, this film delivers its namesake; you will get what the movie promises, and you will feel dumb and dumber ‘too.’
Jim Carrey is a comedian whose prime was in the 1990s. Almost every movie with his name attached became a box office smash (Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, the Mask, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, The Truman Show, etc.). However, over the past decade, his live action feature-length comedies have fallen short (like Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Yes Man, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone). As for Jeff Daniels, he has made a whole new name for himself in the award winning role of Will McAvoy in HBO’s The Newsroom. Perhaps such a serious role influenced Daniels to return to his comedic roots as a chance to burn off some steam?
The big question: is this movie funny? Ultimately, yes. However, it is not as funny as I would have appreciated. While I did laugh many times in the movie, none of the laughs neither made my sides hurt, my eyes water, nor bring me to the point of hyperventilating. I remember being brought to that point in the first Dumb and Dumber…however, in all fairness, I was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, and a 30 second diarrhea scene was right up my alley. While no laxatives were used during the making of this film, the humor is not too far removed. On a personal note, what I tend to never find funny are people being jerks. Being dumb? Fine. But being mean to someone for the sake of being mean is not funny to me. In the first film, one joke I did not care for at all involved a blind boy and his pet bird. In this sequel, the blind kid returns and is a recurring joke several times over. Picking on a blind kid who is not a villain is mean, and really spoiled the film for a while for me. Once a true villain was introduced (and humorous pranks played on him provided a type of comedic-justice, serving as some of the funniest parts of the film), I was able to get back into the groove of laughing once again.
In the end, the movie was not a good movie. It also was not the worse film I’ve seen, so it was not really a bad movie. I guess I wish it were about 20 minutes shorter, move at a faster pace, and allow for the chaos to shoot more rapidly. Sure, the actors are in their 50s, but the movie does not have to have the pace as if it were shot in that era. At the same time, can one really expect ‘quality’ from a film titled “Dumb and Dumber To?” You will get what you are told you will get: a check-your-brain-in-at-the-door film. Too bad the film was not funnier. Apparently, according to my wife, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a much better film.
PS: what made this movie a good experience for me was the company I saw it with. Sometimes, a not good movie can be enjoyable because you’re groaning, moaning, and laughing with friends.