Dumb and Dumber To Blu-ray Review
DUMB AND DUMBER TO is the sequel I dreamt about 20 years ago. The original DUMB AND DUMBER is a comedy classic, featuring Jim Carrey in his crazy prime and a Jeff Daniels anxious to prove he can keep up with any actor, even one as zany as Jim Carrey. The original is filled with so many quotable lines and memorable moments that thirty-year-olds are still quoting it today. And that’s probably why the sequel managed to find box office success; people who were pre-teens when the original came out were excited to see what Harry and Lloyd had been up to the last twenty years. As it turns out, they were up to nothing and picking up with them after so much time proved to be a letdown.
Lloyd spent twenty years in a mental hospital, tricking Harry into thinking he was incapacitated. And yes, that fact alone is a bad start to the sequel. We pick up with them when Harry tells Lloyd he needs a kidney and the only way to get one is to find his daughter that he never had. Lloyd has his own agenda when he sees a picture of Harry’s daughter and the two set out on an adventure to track her down and convince her to give up a kidney. It’s not quite as exciting as taking a suitcase across the country, but it does its job of getting Harry and Lloyd back on the road.
The first thing that sticks out about DUMB AND DUMBER TO is how unmemorable it is. It’s an instantly forgettable film because it lacks any catchphrases or unusually funny moments. I think that’s why people have latched on to Carrey’s “that’s insane!” line; it’s really the only quotable line in the movie. But maybe the bigger problem is that it’s filled with dry spells where the comedy either falls flat or is completely nonexistent, which is a fatal flaw for a movie as silly as this. For a silly comedy to work, it has to basically shotgun jokes at the audience and DUMB AND DUMBER TO didn’t, or couldn’t, do that.
There were moments that felt like the Farrelly brothers had no idea what to do, so they just decided to point the camera on Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels and hope they did something funny. The problem with that, of course, is that Jim Carrey is way past the point of improvising a whole movie. His days of being a comedy innovator are over and now he’s more of a script reader. That works when you have a funny script for him (YES, MAN), and fails when you don’t (MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS). There were plenty of scenes where the criminally underrated Jeff Daniels was left out to dry. He admirably played off Carrey so well in the original and he does just as well here, but the issue this time around is that Carrey didn’t give him much to work with. But I don’t blame Carrey, I blame the Farrelly brothers because let’s face it; they haven’t been funny for twenty years.
There are plenty of issues with DUMB AND DUMBER TO and maybe the issue isn’t that there are twenty years between films, but maybe the problem is that I’m twenty years older. The juvenile humor doesn’t connect like it used to and the stupidity of the lead characters isn’t nearly as funny as it was in 1994. But even with twenty years under my belt, I’d like to think that funny is funny and at the end of the day, DUMB AND DUMBER TO just isn’t funny enough to be a good film.
Video: DUMB AND DUMBER TO is another fine video transfer from Universal.
Audio: The audio was fine.
Deleted Scenes and Alternate Opening (12:46): There are nine total scenes and depending on your opinion of the movie, some of them worked and some didn’t.
Gag Reel (7:32): At least they had fun making DUMB AND DUMBER TO.
That’s Awesome – The Story of Dumb and Dumber To (42:05): There are five chapters that make up this making-of featurette, which look at the legacy of the original, the new characters in the sequel, along with a focus on sets, the script and stunts.
What’s So Smart About Dumb and Dumber To (6:15): The cast and crew talk about how funny the film is.