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‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Review: Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels & Kathleen Turner

It’s been 20 years since the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy classic Dumb and Dumber was released. A personal favorite comedy of mine that still holds up today as one of the best comic films ever made. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both went on to make household names for themselves and the Farrelly Brothers went on to direct There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene and Shallow Hal. Now, two decades later, it’s as if Lloyd and Harry haven’t changed a bit since we last saw them. The best friends are twenty years older, but definitely not twenty years wiser, which in this case, is both a good and a bad thing.

Dumb and Dumber To picks up twenty years after Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) returned the money-filled briefcase to Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). Lloyd is in a nursing home, unable to take care of himself since he was so distraught after losing Mary. Harry has visited him every week for the past 20 years, until one day he tells Lloyd he will not be coming back because he has a medical issue. That’s when Lloyd decides to say the jig is up and that he has been playing a goof on Harry for the past 20 years and he really isn’t sick.

Lloyd and Harry return to their crummy apartment and Harry tells Lloyd he needs a kidney in order to survive. Lloyd suggests going to Harry’s parents house and asking them for a kidney, but when they get there, Harry’s Asian parents tell him that he was adopted, claiming they thought he already knew. What Harry does find at his parents’ house is a postcard from Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner) dated 22 years ago, saying she is pregnant. Lloyd and Harry then embark on another adventure to find Harry’s daughter so the two can meet for the first time.

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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as the goofy duo surprisingly well. It’s as if they shot the first film last year. Their mannerisms and dialect are exactly the same and you can tell these two had a blast coming back to the roles. Rob Riggle is an excellent addition to the cast, he plays twins who are essentially out to get Harry and Lloyd, while Kathleen Turner is lovely as Fraida Felcher, the woman both Lloyd and Harry had a relationship with decades ago.

As the movie goes on, the jokes get stupider and some even fall flat and the gross out/potty humor doesn’t interest me, whereas in the first film the jokes run with the plot line and feel much more natural. Everything about Lloyd and Harry felt fun, light-hearted and sweet in the first film, but here it’s almost as if the duo have gotten dumber over time. Maybe that’s supposed to be the point, but the long-running jokes throughout this movie weren’t nearly as good or as humorous as they could have been.

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Though the movie is a long hour and 50 minutes, it’s worth it to stay after to the very end of the credits for a hilarious end credits scene that fans of the first will appreciate. It features a cameo I was hoping for during the actual movie so it was worth it for me to wait! Though I must warn Jennifer Lawrence fans, her scene(s) did not make it into the film, which was a huge disappointment with all of the press surrounding her small role in the months leading up to the movie’s release date.

If you’re a fan of the first one, it’s definitely worth checking out this long awaited sequel. If you go in expecting to have a few goods laughs you’ll have fun, just don’t expect the classic comedy we got with the original. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry wonderfully and its shocking to think about all the other roles these two have done in the past 20 years since the first movie came out. And make sure to stay through the end credits!

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