Dumb and Dumber To
Release Year: 2014
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Stve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French, Elizabeth Cooper, Kathleen Turner
Twenty years after their first adventure, Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) team up again to locate the long lost and recently discovered daughter was Harry who was given up for adoption.
Revisiting a succes many years later is not always a good idea – far from it. The magic of the first time is hard to recapture, and often films are a product of their time more than anything. It is particularly tricky when it comes to comedy – it is a divisive genre and what people find funny is first and foremost a matter of personal taste. Still it was quite a feat to reunite Carrey (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 1994) and Daniels (The Purple Rose of Cairo, 1985) as Lloyd and Harry, characters that loom large in both their respective career. It’s twenty years later and the two of them are as dumb as ever (I always wondered, who is dumb and who is dumber?). Lloyd has spent the last twenty years in the looney bin, to use a wonderfully politically incorrect terms), as a prank and from here the weirdness and infantile humour never stops. The Farrally brothers (There’s Something About Mary, 1998) are good at really stupid humour and the original Dumb and Dumber (1994) is one of their high marks. But the aforementioned magic is not quite there. There is a lot of the love for these two goofy characters, and you can feel it, and the story is a good one, although the supporting characters (with the exception of the daughter and Fraida Felcher) feels out of place. But at the end of the day, it is about Lloyd and Harry, their friendship and their never-ending pranks, and if you were a fan to begin with you will undoubtedly enjoy the ride. If not, you had best stay clear of this one.
Jennifer Lawrence is a fan of the original Dumb and Dumber (1994) and was rumored to play the role of the long lost daughter. In the end, she filmed a cameo as Fraida Falcher in a flashback but later requested that the flashback scene was pulled.
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