Dumb and Dumber To is Dumb and Kind Of Fun

Dumb and Dumber To is Dumb and Kind Of Fun

Garrett Wheeler, Opinions Editor

Ladies and Gentlemen, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back in the sequel of the 1994 classic, Dumb and Dumber. I only saw that movie recently, and yes, it’s as funny as everyone says it is. So, I went into this one with an open mind. I was hoping that this movie would be funny, but I wasn’t one hundred percent sure because comedy sequels don’t always work. So, on Sunday night, I went to go see this movie, and actually kind of enjoyed it. Emphasis on kind of.

Dumb and Dumber To stars Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas and Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne. This movie takes twenty years after the original. This time, Harry and Lloyd go on a road trip to find Harry’s daughter that’s been given up for adoption. And that’s pretty much the plot.

However, plot doesn’t usually matter when it comes to dumb comedies. All that matters is if the movie manages to make the viewer laugh. And for the most part, it did.

First off, I’m going to talk about Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It’s so great seeing them together again. And they still have the chemistry that was hilarious about the first one. The best thing about Dumb and Dumber was seeing Harry and Lloyd interacting and having their personalities mix with each other. And they manage to carry, for the most part, that same chemistry that made the original so funny.

However, I kept getting the feeling that they weren’t 100% into the role. Don’t get me wrong, these two are still great as these guys, but there were times I felt that they were phoning it in. Their acting wasn’t as natural as it was in the original. But still, Jim and Jeff were great in the movie and I was laughing throughout.

Well… laughing is kind of a strong word. A more appropriate word would be chuckling. The movie is very funny, but it never really made me laugh out loud. There were some moments where I did, but there were so few and far between. The humor definetely doesn’t live up to the original.

Another reason why this movie isn’t as good as the predecessor is because the sequel felt too juvenile. I can handle innapropriate and immature humor, but it didn’t always mix well with this one. The writers felt like it needed to add excess potty and sexual humor to make it funny, but the script suffered because of it.

Another problem I had with the humor is, oddly enough, how dumb it was. I know, it sounds like it defeats the whole purpose of both movies, but let me explain. In the original Dumb and Dumber, the characters were incredibly dumb, but there was a charm and subtlty to it. In Dumb and Dumber To, however, Harry and Lloyd are dumber than they’ve ever been. It’s almost as if they’re hammering you over the head with idiocy. They become so stupid, it gets obnoxious at a point.

Not only that, but there are certain points in the plot and certain jokes that go nowhere. There are things that happen and they might seem pretty important, and then it’s never mentioned again. It also happens with a couple jokes, one with a lot of fan service, that, once they end, feel unnessesary and out of place.

The worst part about this movie is its subplot. There’s an entire thing about an inventor and a science convention that’s generally uninteresting. Even Rob Riggle, who provides some really funny moments, can’t save it from being forced. It distracts from the whole enjoyment of the movie.

There is one thing that is consistently great in this movie as it is in the original; the soundtrack. The music in this one has the same dorky, bouncy sounds as the predecessor and it sounds awesome. It helps make a lot of scenes and funny and just sounds great.

Despite all those criticisms, I still had fun with Dumb and Dumber To. To describe this movie, I would say it’s neither good nor bad nor average nor even mediocre. I’d say it’s “a movie that exists that you’ll still have fun with.” If you’re a fan of modern day comedy movies, you’re going to like this one. If you’re a fan of the original Dumb and Dumber, you might like it, depending on who’s viewing it. But no matter the case, Dumb and Dumber To is indeed incredibly dumb.

I give this movie a 6 out of 10. It’s not great, but it’s still fun.