It doesn't take a genius to enjoy this
film....it takes an idiot.
The original Dumb and Dumber
(1994) featured Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, and Jim Carrey. It was
written and directed by the Farrelly brothers, who've worked on such
hits as There's Something About Mary, and Me, Myself, and
Irene. They also created Osmosis Jones and Shallow
Hal. Well, nobody's perfect.
This sequel features none of the original stars. It's a prequel
that features Harry and Lloyd as teenagers. It's directed and
co-written by Troy Miller, who has done a lot of TV work.
Let's cut to the chase. Dumb and Dumberer is dumb.
It doesn't try to be intellectual. There probably aren't many
people who would accidentally go into this film expecting some witty
repartee and delightfully dry bons mots, but just to be clear, this is
low brow humor. Now, the Masked Reviewer wants to be clear that
there's nothing wrong with low brow humor. Dumb and Dumber
did it well. Airplane did it well. And Something
About Mary took it to new levels.
The two lead actors are remarkable. Eric Christian Olsen (Pearl
Harbor, Not Another Teen Movie, and...The Hot Chick) and
Derek Richardson (...) do a great job of pre-reprising the roles of
Carrey and Daniels in this prequel. Olsen especially has Carrey's
character nailed in word, manner, and flatulence. Richardson is
equally impressive. It's a hard task, and it would be easy to slip
into a really superficial imitation, but they do manage to capture the
characters that Carrey and Daniels presented in the original.
That being said...the movie is dumb. It's supposed to be.
By the way, why do they spell dumb with a silent 'b'? Wouldn't you
want such a word to be as easy to spell as possible? What's the
point of calling someone something they can't spell? How are you
supposed to insult them in a letter?
Anyway, there is a little story to hang the really obvious jokes on.
It serves its purpose, but the movie is all about setting the humor bar
low and then trying to lower it. They do have a few laughs, but
this is one of those films you'll either love or hate. If you can
go in with absolutely no expectation whatsoever, you'll have some
moments of fun, though they're not as common as you might like for ten
Cheri O'Teri from "Saturday Night Live" and Eugene Levy play
supporting roles in this film. That sentence will be all the
information that some people need when they decide whether to see the
film. But, in fairness, they're fine. Everyone is fine.
This film falls short in the stupid laugh department, but the charm of
the cast makes up for a bit. That's not to say that this is a
must-see, but rather, it could've been worse. Some, undoubtedly,
will think the Masked Reviewer has flipped his mask after seeing the
film, but this film will be loved by some and loathed by others.
You've got to be in the right mood. Yes, this was just stated in
the last paragraph, but it's worth repeating.
Bob Saget has a small role in the film, and he's great. He's
worth 20% of the price of admission alone. By the way, if you have
the opportunity to see Bob Saget performing stand-up, go see him.
He's amazing, in the good way. This paragraph is brought to you by
the Bob Saget Society of America.
If you do see the movie, stay for the credits. The beginning of
the credits feature outtakes, and a couple of them are funnier than
anything in the film.
If you loved the original and felt that the characters weren't
explored fully enough, then you will like this prequel. If you
liked movies like, oh...Freddy Got Fingered, then this film is
right at your level.
What follows is a paraphrasing of one of the lines in Dumb and
Dumberer. It violates the Masked Reviewer's policy to not give
anything away about the movie, so if you plan to see it and want to be
completely surprised by each fart and fall, please skip the rest of this
paragraph. The Masked Reviewer wouldn't want to sap any of the
pleasure from you. Okay. This will give you a good idea of
the kind of big laughs you're in for in the film. Ready?
"You're a genius, like Albert Frankenstein." Now, to be fair,
that's taken out of context. But, you know...if you're in the
right mood (and possibly drunk or high) this may make you laugh.
Expectation from the Title: Harpo and Helen Keller hit the
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
The two poor young men in this film were treated very unfairly, so it's
nice to see they had a happy ending.
The Pros: Dumb.
The Cons: Dumberer.