DUMB AND DUMBER TO
Running Time: 109 mins.
Premise: Picking up 20 years later, Harry (Jeff Daniels) is in need of a kidney transplant and conveniently finds out he's the biological father of a teenage daughter, so he and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) hit the road to track down the daughter.
Behind-the-Scenes: Writer-Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly are back, as are a number of familiar faces from the first film. Universal picked up distribution rights after Warner Bros./New Line passed. Carrey had long resisted doing a sequel, but in need of a hit, finally relented.
The Good: Carrey and Daniels slip into their old characters with the greatest of ease, as if no time had passed. The two actors still have the comedic chops for this, and it's nice to see Daniels cut loose after The Newsroom. The sequel reaps the benefit of audience adoration for the original, which engenders plenty of goodwill going in.
The Bad: None of that goodwill is ultimately earned. I sat in the theater, wishing and hoping that Carrey, Daniels, and the Farrelly Brothers would pull it off. I really wanted to like this movie and kept giving it the benefit of the doubt. But, as credits rolled, it dawned on me that I didn't laugh once. Not once. While the original was brilliantly juvenile, this one is just juvenile. The jokes are stale. Even the reliably funny Rob Riggle is given nothing to do in a supporting role. The movie just doesn't work.
Should You See It?: Sadly, no. Pales in comparison to last year's other long-delayed comedy sequel, Anchorman 2.
Star Rating: ** out of 5 stars.
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