The original Dumb and Dumber is one of my favorite comedies of all time. It’s one of those timeless movies that has been quoted over and over again for twenty years. And twenty years later, we are here for the sequel. And while it isn’t a complete train wreck and there are some great laughs to be had, Dumb and Dumber To (somewhere) is ultimately a disappointing and rather pointless sequel.
The plot revolves around LIoyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) who has been faking being catatonic for twenty years in a mental hospital just for a gag. Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) needs a kidney, and finds out that he has a daughter, so the two of them embark on a road trip to find her and shenanigans ensue.
The best part of the original Dumb and Dumber was the chemistry between Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Their chemistry here is mostly intact and without a doubt the best part of this movie. They’re hilarious and awesome together, and I bet that a lot of their jokes we’re improvised. However the writing isn’t as clever and as funny as the first one, and sometimes the jokes feel desperate and a couple of times fall flat. Especially in the third act, which was painfully unfunny. Often times the third acts of comedies is where there are the less laughs and feels disjointed from the rest of the movie and it happens here. Also when the movie wraps up after 1h50 minutes (which is too long) you think about it and realize that the movie did not need to happen which is a bit unfortunate to say.
Don’t get me wrong, I did laugh in this movie. It doesn’t disgrace the original in anyway and it’s perfectly watchable.
But the writing especially felt a bit lazy and an inferior carbon copy of the original (which is what the Farrelly brothers wanted). The jokes aren’t smart or clever enough to be funny or memorable. It’s filled with toilet humour and fart jokes which can be funny if done right (like the original Dumb and Dumber) but here it just feels tired and quite frankly uncreative.
Overall, while it isn’t a total train wreck and there are some laughs throughout, and the chemistry between Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels is mostly intact, be it sometimes desperate, Dumb and Dumber to is however a pointless, ultimately disappointing sequel and after twenty years, we deserved and quite frankly should have gotten better.