DUMB AND DUMBER TO
Review by Gordon Justesen
Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner
Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Audio: DTS HD 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Features: See Review
Length: 110 Minutes
Release Date: February 17, 2015
“I’m sorry, your name is?”
“I’m his associate, Dr. Christmas.”
“Ah, Christmas like the holiday?”
“No, like the tree.”
Pulling off a sequel 20 years after its predecessor is a task that’s, well, difficult to pull off. When the predecessor in question is the iconic 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber, the task automatically becomes much more difficult. And although it (or nothing, for that matter) can hold a candle to the original, Dumb and Dumber To ends up being surprisingly worthy whether you approach it as a sequel or simply an enjoyable 20 year reunion.
It might seem doubtful if the now fifty-something Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are able to recapture the same comedic glory they did in the roles of moronic dumdums Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne when in their thirties. For me, though, watching these characters display even bigger idiocy twenty years down the line is part of the joke. And while not all of the jokes succeed, a good 75 to 80% of them do, and credit The Farrelly Brothers for being willing to go with any and all of them!
And it’s one of the absolute best jokes that kicks off this sequel, with Harry (Daniels) visiting his longtime friend Lloyd (Carrey) at a nursing home, where he’s been ever since the events in the previous movie, and I won’t spoil why. At any rate, Harry turns out to be in need of a kidney transplant. He also discovers that he has a daughter (Rachel Melvin) whom he’s never met, and who Lloyd falls in love with at first glance of her picture.
And so our two brainless heroes are on yet another cross country trip with hopes of Harry both meeting his daughter and getting the transplant he needs. In the midst of all this, they somehow managed to get mixed in with yet another sinister family scheme. Also, through circumstances that can only be described as stupendously impossible (just as they were in the last movie), Harry and Lloyd escape danger by way of their sheer stupidity.
Like I mentioned earlier, not every joke in Dumb and Dumber To is a hit...but when the jokes do hit, the result is a series of huge gut busters. One such case is the sudden and accidental killing of a character that I swear had me laughing loudly for at least a full minute (it calls back to and even managers to surpass the scene in the first movie where the two accidentally poison the hit man who was trying to kill them). And various one liners, including when Lloyd asks how a baby was born...and Lloyd’s response to his friend possibly having Aspergers, result in laughs so hard that tears will indeed develop.
As easy as it could have been for this sequel to fail miserably, Dumb and Dumber To ends up being an unexpectedly dignified follow up. It will obviously play better with devoted fans of the original, as it does call back to it a great deal (and even gleefully rips off at certain points). Carrey and Daniels remain in superb comic form as they, along with The Farrellys, deliver a good enough follow up to a 20 year old comedy classic!
This Blu-ray release from Universal delivers of a top of the line presentation from beginning to end. Image clarity is at 100%, with a bright and colorful picture in tow. It’s not intended in anyway to be a visually distinctive movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it does get a glorious showing by way of the 1080p.
The DTS HD mix gets the job done exceptionally well for this slapstick fest. There are a number of gags that involve explosions and assorted physical pratfalls that serve the sound mix terrifically well. Dialogue delivery and music playback balance out tremendously good, in addition!
This Blu-ray release from Universal includes an Alternate Opening, Deleted & Extended Scenes, a Gag Reel, and two featurettes; “What’s So Smart About Dumb and Dumber To” and “That’s Awesome! The Story of Dumb and Dumber To”. The second of the featurettes is the highlight, as it runs 45 minutes and reveals the process to this sequel finally getting made.
This Combo Pack release also includes a DVD copy of the movie, as well as a Digital HD version.
Dumb and Dumber To is a major surprise in that it’s a sequel that managed to be most enjoyable twenty years after the original. The two leads have still got the comedic chops, and when the jokes do work, the laughs are hard and frequent!