My Take – I actually saw the 1994 original just a few months ago, frankly I enjoyed it but cannot be a categorized as a big fan! I am not sure why! Probably I was having a bad day or something. Anyways, the physical comedy of the 90s was something which I at first dint understand, as I remember watching a couple of Jim Carrey movies (Liar Liar & The Mask come to mind first), while growing up, in which I could just see him making funny faces, that’s it! Over the years I have understood that kind of comedy (probably my taste changed), & eventually started loving it & it was while watching this long delayed sequel I realized how much I missed this!
People who have seen the original should pay as wide attention as possible as you will notice a lot of things have been retained (& progressed) from the first movie. For example – Petey, the blind kid, is back in this one for a short time. I could tell that the Farrelly Brothers and the other writers knew they had a big undertaking in creating this movie. The story pays homage to the original many times and lets the viewers know of it’s twenty year hiatus. It also does a good job, in respecting it’s loyal fan base. Just like the original, this one is fun, silly, dumb and filled with all sorts of crazy shenanigans. Just about every other scene had some sort of wacky antic coming from either Lloyd or Harry and also like the original, this sequel did not take itself too seriously. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are hilarious as the dumb idiots Harry and Lloyd. It is quite apparent that these two share a great chemistry, & had a lot of fun making this one, & hence fell back into their characters very easily. One of the biggest surprise of this film is Rachel Melvin, a relative newbie, who manages to look pretty & match the antics of Carrey & Daniels at the same time very well. Laurie Holden & Rob Riggle do well in their supporting roles.
The only concern for this film is that some people may find the jokes at times offensive & a bit too crass, especially the bathroom humor, but knowing Jim Carrey, you should expect nothing less! As a viewer, I can say Dumber & Dumber To manages to be a worthy sequel & at times even a better film. The best way to see this film is in a packed theater opening weekend with your friends. On the other hand if you hated the original, there is no point in watch this one, as this is a very specific type of generic comedy which most likely wont be praised by critics and audiences who aren’t familiar with the first.
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 110 minutes