I'm just going to get this out of the way, I love every single second of the first Dumb and Dumber movie. I've seen it plenty of times over the years and it's just as funny every time I see it. Dumb and Dumber To picks up the story twenty years later, with Lloyd (Jim Carrey) in a mental institution. Harry (Jeff Daniels), who's been visiting every week, lets the paralysed Lloyd know that he's in need of a kidney transplant and can't visit anymore, to which Lloyd reveals he was joking about being insane for the past twenty years. This is when the real fun begins, with Harry discovering he has a long lost child whom he intends on chasing down with the hopes of asking for a kidney.
I wanted to like Dumb and Dumber To a lot, and while I think there are some legitimately hysterical moments, as a whole the film just doesn't work very well. Dumb and Dumber is one of my all time favourite comedies, alongside Anchorman. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I don't care. I love them and have watched them both numerous times. We recently got a sequel to both these films, and while Anchorman 2 was an absolute blast from start to finish, Dumb and Dumber To is an occasional blast, with more than a few not so entertaining moments.
Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of fun to be had here. Seeing these characters come back on screen is a good enough reason to go see this movie, but the only problem is that they can't sustain the laughs very well. The first thirty minutes is almost a complete bore, if it weren't for a few cameos. There were some small chuckles here and there, but most of this was stuff from the trailer, a trailer I've watched way too many times. Then the laughs start to pick up a bit, and we're given about forty minutes of non-stop hilarity. Then we're introduced to a few more characters and the film goes back downhill.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are great at reprising their roles. Carrey's last few roles haven't been up to stretch with some of his classics. A few of them are watchable, but for the most part, they're all a little underwhelming. Seeing him return as Lloyd is just as entertaining as you'd want it to be, but it's Jeff Daniels who comes as the biggest shock. I don't watch The Newsroom, but Daniels has drifted away from comedy ever since Dumb and Dumber. To my surprise, he gets straight into character, pulling off the dumb no other actor could pull off. Except maybe Jim Carrey.
There are a few characters in this film, and I mentioned this earlier, that just aren't funny. The two stand outs are Rob Riggle and Rachel Melvin. Rob Riggle's character, while important to the "story" at hand, just wasn't very entertaining to watch on screen. His character just looks and feels awkward and out of place. Then there's Rachel Melvin, who plays Harry's daughter. Her character is certainly in the right movie, I have no doubt about that, but she's just not very funny. She's on screen and she inspires some memorable Carrey jokes, but she herself doesn't do anything noteworthy.
To sum up, Dumb and Dumber To is a fairly mixed bag in terms of the laughs. There's a dull initial thirty minutes, a hysterical second act and then an underwhelming and unfunny third, full of characters that really bring the film down.
2 1/2 Stars