‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Review Roundup: Comedy Sequel Panned By Critics
Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to Bobby and Peter Farrelly‘s 1994 buddy comedy, returns both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to the characters of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, respectively.
When Dumb and Dumber To opens, Lloyd has convincingly faked being catatonic for 20 long years in an elaborate prank at Harry’s expense. After Lloyd gives Harry the shock of his life, the two old pals settle back into their crude rapport and soon take off on a road trip mission. This time around, it’s to find fiftysomething Harry’s daughter and a new kidney.
‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Review Roundup
Critics have not been kind to the sequel, nor to the two actors reprising the dumbed-down characters. Two decades past the release of the fresh original, the jokes in To feel stale and the actors too old to be playing characters so doltish and guileless. A few isolated gags and bits give Dumb and Dumber To humorous moments, but all-in-all, reviews suggest Carrey and Daniels should have stayed away from the sequel – no matter the payout.
“There must be someone, somewhere, who finds jokes about catheters, flatulence, chipped teeth, castration and low-down sex with desperate old ladies absolutely hilarious. […]Occasionally, particularly when it sticks to simple slapstick, the movie wins a laugh. But the majority of it isn’t just dumb and dumber, or even crude and cruder. At nearly two hours, it’s just dull — and duller.” – Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger
“If there was any doubt that most things in society have been dumbed down in the last couple of decades, Dumb and Dumber To could be exhibit A. We last saw the intelligence-challenged duo of Lloyd and Harry 20 years ago, and the intervening years have made them neither wiser nor funnier for this lame sequel In fact, they seem meaner, lewder and crasser. Whatever was lovable about them has dried up, their brainless boyishess having given way to nasty nattering.” – Claudia Puig, USA Today
“It’s possible that the half-life of film comedy is five years. “21 Jump Street” was world-class hilarious in 2012, and Schmidt and Jenko were 95 percent as funny when they returned in this year’s “22 Jump Street.” “Dumb and Dumber,” that beloved classic, was the quality standard of downbeat dimwit humor in 1994.Now, after a double-decade gap, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne reprise their stoogery in “Dumb and Dumber To.” The result is simply stupid. This embarrassing revival plays as if the script were written in Comic Sans.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Either out of nostalgia, or a sense of loyalty, or some epic misreading of the script, or a payday beyond the dreams of most mere mortals, Carrey and Daniels agreed to appear in this ghastly sequel, which is more than just not funny. “King Lear” isn’t funny. This is anti-funny, where every attempt at a joke is like a little rock thrown at your face. […] “Dumb and Dumber To” gets off to an awful start that sets the tone for all that follows.” – Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Dumb and Dumber To, rated PG-13, is currently in wide release.