Dumb and Dumber To works just enough

In the sequel that took 20 years to hit theaters, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunn in Dumb and Dumber To. It’s hard to imagine that after 20 years we really needed to see the further idiotic ramblings of this pair of halfwits but at least all of the original gang is back here, with directorial brother team of Bobby and Peter Farrelly behind the camera as well as the two leads and some other surprises along the way.

Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) has not been the same since Mary Samsonite snubbed his advances 20 years ago. Confined to a catatonic state, Lloyd seems to be unable to interact with anyone surrounding him, until Harry (Daniels) informs him during a visit that he cannot visit anymore. Harry’s finds out he has a grown daughter that was conceived with a old flame Fanny Feltcher (Kathleen Turner) many years prior. Harry and Lloyd take off on another road trip of adventure to find Harry’s daughter, each for reasons of their own.

As a film, Dumb and Dumber To is an utter mess. Barely plausible story threads are loosely held together with a series of hit and miss gags, but thankfully they hit more often than not. As in the previous film, its Daniels that carries and centers the film as Carrey is left to his unhinged and unfocused hijinks that are the main cause of the film’s uneven feeling, but Daniels remains the rock at the center. The films does feature some inspired references to the original film though and packs a strong supporting cast to help our leads along the way.

Kathleen Turner is pretty great as the mother who gave her child up for adoption that prompts the road trip and Rachel Melvin is also a lot of fun as an absolutely oblivious twenty something that shares Lloyd and Harry’s enthusiasm for lack of brain cells. Rob Riggle and Laurie Holden are the villains of the piece this time around and they do well, though Riggle’s multiple character performance really needs to be reigned back in parts as even in a film this preposterous he sometimes just goes to far.

The threadbare script does feature some genuinely laugh out loud, gut busting sequences that will have audiences rolling in the aisles, but they are matched by the number of groan worthy attempts as well. As much as Dumb and Dumber To fails as a film, it succeeds in making the audience laugh, and in the end I’m sure that’s all the team was hoping for.

Kirk Haviland
Kirk Haviland has spent over 20 years working in Entertainment Retail which has enabled him to have a unique opinion and perspective on film and music. A fixture around Toronto film festivals and movie repertory houses, Kirk`s opinions can be seen on multiple outlets. He now also very happy to call Addicted home.
Kirk Haviland
Kirk Haviland