REVIEW: Dumb and Dumber To (15)

Dumb and Dumber To
Dumb and Dumber To

Reviewer Gavin Miller is less than impressed by the sequel to Dumb and Dumber...

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Twenty years ago the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels slapstick gross-out comedy Dumb and Dumber offered something fresh and energetic to the genre – but this now just seems dated.

The original wasn’t for everyone, but was rightly lauded as a comedy game-changer that inspired a generation of copy cats – but after two decades this recycled follow-up completely lacks ingenuity, and more importantly an abundance of laughs.

The funniest scene is right at the start – the one from the trailer where Carrey’s Lloyd Christmas has been play-acting to Daniels’ Harry Dunne in a care home just for a gag – and, bar literally a handful of other moments, is surprisingly devoid of anything close to the tear-inducing laughter of the first film. And to make things worse, some of the supposedly humorous set-pieces and one-liners really fall flat – with some having some uneasy sexism thrown in to boot.

This time Lloyd and Harry go on another road trip to find Harry’s newly-discovered daughter (the remarkably wooden Rachel Melvin), and get caught in a plot by her step-mum (Laurie Holden) – with the help of her lover Travis (Rob Riggle) – to try to kill her foster dad (Steve Tom).

Throw in a bizarrely unfunny cameo from Bill Murray, and a by-the-numbers turn from the once-esteemed Kathleen Turner – then you’ve really got a comedy that squarely ends up on its backside.

After 20 years this doesn’t really fit the bill for the 35-40 age demographic that saw the film first time round, nor the current crop of the MTV generation – and is quite the head-scratcher that script-writers couldn’t come up with something more tangible in all this time.

For sentimentality purposes and the odd funny gag it just about ends up shy of absolutely abysmal – but it looks like the Farrelly Brothers’ time in movie comedy circles has just about come to an end after this major disappointment.