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'Dumb and Dumber To': More remake than sequel

By Loh Yong JianMovies - 14 November 2014 5:06 PM | Updated 5:43 PM

'Dumb and Dumber To': More remake than sequel

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Our Rating

2/5 Stars

When 'Dumb and Dumber' star Jim Carrey watched the movie on a hotel room television in 2009, he called co-director Peter Farrelly and proposed a sequel.

But Farrelly, who had shared directing duties on the 1994 comedy with his brother Bobby, was never going to do a sequel without Carrey’s co-star Jeff Daniels.

Then years later, everybody’s schedules somehow aligned and the gang was finally reunited for a sequel.

Pity then that 'Dumb and Dumber To' feels like a laboured obligation, unambitiously slapped together, and pushed out of the door before anyone could knock in some imagination.

If the goal was to simply make another 'Dumb and Dumber' movie for a new generation of audiences, this sequel ticks the box, but fans of the franchise deserve more.

DULL, PREDICTABLE PLOT


Carrey and Daniels reprise their roles as the bucktoothed Lloyd Christmas and butt-crack-exposing Harry Dunne, two half-witted best friends whose unyielding buffoonery tends to land them in trouble.

This time, they are careened onto a road trip to track down Dunne’s long-lost daughter after Dunne reveals that he needs a suitable donor for his ailing kidneys.

Along the way, the pair picks up a parcel that a ragtag clan of baddies, including a scheming married woman Adele (Laurie Holden of 'The Walking Dead' fame), her lover Travis (Rob Riggle) and mercenary Captain Lippincott (also Rob Riggle) want to hunt down for the supposed fortune it contains.

The movie fires an unforgiving trajectory of limp gags and puerile fart jokes up until an action-packed finale that sees the plucky protagonists being confronted by gunmen.

TOO FAMILIAR

The sheer monotony and predictability of the plot here could not even begin to describe the uncanny familiarity of it all.

The Farrelly brothers barely gussies up the script, much less advances the series’ characters in meaningful ways.

When the movie opens, we are told that Christmas has been trapping himself in a self-inflicted comatose for the last 20 years and that Dunne has been dutifully visiting his friend in hopes that he will one day wake.

As it stands, trimming character development from the movie’s already malnourished waistline is bad enough, but what truly takes the cake is the uninspiring decision to go ahead with the very concept that defined the original: Christmas and Dunne embark on a road trip with a valuable and dangerous package in tow and nefarious people hot on their heels.

Carrey and Daniels, despite working together for the first time since the 1994 original, at least maintain an easy rapport and comedic spark, which help make the more cringe-worthy scenes palatable.

Ultimately, 'Dumb and Dumber To' ends up being neither meaty enough for its stars to flourish in their roles nor exciting enough to differentiate itself from the original.

Calling it a sequel is being generous; it is a remake.

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ opens in cinemas 13 November 2014

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  • Dumb And Dumber To

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Comedy
  • Language
    Eng
  • (3 Reviews)