“Dumb and Dumber To” Falls Flat
By NICK ALBICOCCO
Twenty years after “Dumb and Dumber” was first released, Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas are back in “Dumb and Dumber To.” The box office hit, featuring comedy veterans Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, came out in theaters on November 14th. This sequel chronicles the iconic duo’s big adventure to find Harry’s adopted daughter.
The movie opens with Lloyd in an insane asylum, where Harry meets him and brings him home. Harry reveals that he is in need of a kidney donor. They then head to Harry’s parents’ house, where he receives a postcard from his former girlfriend that claims that she is pregnant. However, the postcard is decades old. The former couple meets up, and Harry learns he has a daughter named Penny, who was put up for adoption. Lloyd and Harry decide to embark on a long and crazy adventure to find the daughter.
The PG-13 movie is very funny for teenagers, but the humor seems too crude for any older age group. I did find some of the jokes absolutely hysterical, but I felt that others were idiotic and not that funny. There are points in the movie when it veers from comedy to action, even becoming violent at times. “Dumb and Dumber To” does a good job of treading the fine line between comedy and action.
“Dumb and Dumber To” made over 38 million dollars at the box office during its opening weekend, but was met with subpar reviews. In its review of the movie, The Boston Globe headline read, “Happily, ‘Dumber To’ is as moronic as ever,” while The New York Daily News proclaimed “’Dumb and Dumber To’ falls on its face.” Students at Jericho High School shared similar thoughts on the movie. Sophomore Gurnoor Singh said, “I thought the movie was funny, but wasn’t as good as the original.” Another JHS sophomore, John Kim, said, “I thought the movie was full of funny jokes, but overall it wasn’t a great movie.”
Overall, I thought the original was much better than the sequel. There were 20 years to dream up a good sequel, but the movie was ultimately disappointing. “Dumb and Dumber To” did have its moments with some funny jokes and action, but by the end, I felt the movie was unnecessary. If you want to watch a funny movie this holiday season, go watch the original “Dumb and Dumber.”
“Dumb and Dumber To” is now in theaters.
Here is the trailer.