The Hippo


Dec 13, 2019








Dumb & Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To (PG-13)
Film Reviews by Amy Diaz

By Amy Diaz

Dumb and Dumber To (PG-13)

Harry and Lloyd and Bobby and Peter all get together again, after 20 years, for Dumb and Dumber To, a strangely lifeless sequel to a movie I’d basically forgotten about.
Harry Dunne is Jeff Daniels, Lloyd Christmas is Jim Carrey and Bobby and Peter are the Farrelly Brothers, who aren’t racking up the hits quite like they did in the late 1990s and early 2000s but still have a film hit theaters every year are so. Daniels won an undeserved Emmy for The Newsroom and Carrey still has decent credits, mostly as off-beat supporting roles. Which is all to say I’m not sure exactly who had the desperate need for cash that led to this movie being made. Everybody seems to be doing OK — maybe well enough could have been left alone? Especially since the natural audience for this movie was either not yet born or still in diapers when the first movie came out and now looks to your Seth MacFarlanes and your Judd Apatows and the like for big silly comedy.
In any event, Harry reunites with Lloyd and the pair go off in search of the daughter Harry never knew he had. Her name turns out to be Penny (Rachel Melvin) and she is the sweet if not exactly Mensa-material adopted daughter of Dr. Pinchelow (Steve Tom), an ailing scientist. Pinchelow and his wife, Adele (Laurie Holden), meet Harry and Lloyd when they come looking for Penny but she has already headed cross country to a conference where she will deliver a speech on behalf of her father. Because she forgot to take the important discovery that he wants her to unveil at the conference, Adele suggests sending Harry and Lloyd after her to deliver the discovery.
Pinchelow is unsure about sending something important along with this pair of nitwits but Adele thinks they’re perfect for the job — especially since she’s depending on her handyman/secret lover Harry (Rob Riggle) to off the two and steal the discovery along the way.
Harry’s reason for seeking out his daughter is that his kidneys are failing and he hopes his daughter can give him one of hers. Lloyd’s reason is that he thinks Harry’s daughter is a looker and he hopes to date her. Considering the age difference, this is sort of creepy, as are most of the scenes that involve either his fantasy meet-ups with Penny or his eventual real one. But even with that bit of “ew,” the only really shocking thing about Dumb and Dumber To is how nothing it is. It didn’t make me laugh but it also didn’t offend or disgust me or even annoy me all that much. The movie just laid there, an uncooked chicken breast devoid of either breading or marinaded, neither nuggeted or barbecued. It the rawest of raw comedy ingredients — pee joke here, wacky Carrey face there — not quite assembled. Not even interesting in their rawness. 
What the movie most reminded me of was classic Three Stooges bits — though without any of the whatever it is that makes that bunch of goofery and “why I outta”s occasionally funny. The movie is so Stooges, so almost cartoony in what I suspect is its funny business, that I would almost call it a kid’s movie. In fact, if the movie stripped out whatever sex stuff or other naughty bits that make it PG-13, the PG version of this movie might even have something to recommend itself. A slightly cleaner version (I would say there’s just enough awkward make-out humor to make this movie inappropriate for kids under maybe 11 or 12) would actually be a cute little road movie for goofballs that enjoy a good potty joke and their more tolerant parent. 
But Dumb and Dumber To, strange cold fish of a movie that it is, is not quite innocent enough for that. It is not raucous Bridesmaids-style broadness or MacFarlane’s self-consciously boundry-pushing naughtiness. It is a Saltine, hold the salt. C-
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references. Directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly with a screenplay by Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, John Morris and Bennett Yellin, Dumb and Dumber To is an hour and 49 minutes long and is distributed by Universal Pictures.
As seen in the November 20, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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