"The Title Says It All"
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Starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, DUMB AND DUMBER TO lives up to its name quite easily. With a few admittedly hilarious gags, the movie has entertainment value, but most of the humor is either entirely irreverent or crass. Also, the plot starts off slow, but becomes convoluted and very unstructured. The movie had potential for a moral or other kind of positive conclusion, but it fails to deliver anything remotely meaningful or even nostalgic. It’s primarily an excuse for inappropriate antics. Ultimately, the jokes are excessive and the lack of morality in DUMB AND DUMBER TO makes it unnecessary.
(PaPa, Ab, B, LL, VV, SS, N, A, DD, MM) Strong pagan and immoral worldview with no consequences for bad behavior and little redemptive value, light moral aspects through main characters friendship with sacrificial action and fatherly protection, an irreverent joke about God; eight obscenities (including one f-word), five profanities and many scatological jokes and gags; instances of men being hit by a train and killed, shot with some bleeding, stabbed, a mans scrotum is removed with a whip and a man is on fire briefly, cat kills and dismembers a lot of birds; no depicted sex, lots of sexual references, gestures, implied masturbation, references to a girl having her period, a kiss and implied adultery, and two homosexual references; male rear nudity, young girl in her underwear, scantily clad women with cleavage bearing outfits, camera zooms up on woman’s exposed back; light drinking; characters roommate is cooking meth and cat gets high; and, stealing and racism.
Nearly 20 years after the first movie became a box-office hit, Harry and Lloyd return in DUMB AND DUMBER TO as the not-so-bright best friends. Picking up two decades after the last movie, Harry (Jeff Daniels) visits the institutionalized Lloyd (Jim Carrey) every week since Lloyd couldn’t get over his love for Mary Swanson. When Harry says that he’ll have to stop visiting because he’s sick and needs a new kidney, Lloyd finally speaks and reveals that he’s been faking being crazy for 20 years as a gag.
Harry and Lloyd set off to find a kidney for Harry. Their first stop is Harry’s parents, who reveal to Harry he was adopted, something that comes as a shock to him even though they are clearly Asian, and he’s not. His biological parents are dead, and there’s no other next of kin, but when they find an old letter from an old friend, Fraida Felcher, who writes that she’s pregnant, Harry declares he’s a father.
Fraida says she gave the baby girl, Penny, up for adoption, and that Penny now lives in Maryland. Lloyd sees a picture of the pretty 22-year-old and convinces Harry that they should find her so they can ask her to give Harry a kidney. As the two incompetent, fully-grown men go on their journey, it’s revealed that Penny’s adoptive wealthy father is getting poisoned by his deceptive wife and gardener.
Will Harry and Lloyd get to Penny before all her inheritance is stolen from her?
DUMB AND DUMBER TO lives up to its name quite easily. With a few admittedly hilarious gags, the movie has entertainment value, but the majority of the humor is either entirely irreverent or crass. Also, the plot starts off slow, but becomes convoluted and very unstructured. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels don’t miss a beat as the idiots they portray, but they also don’t bring anything new to the table. The movie had potential for a morally uplifting or some other kind of positive conclusion, but it fails to deliver anything remotely meaningful or even nostalgic. It’s primarily an excuse for inappropriate antics. Ultimately, the jokes are excessive and the lack of morality in DUMB AND DUMBER TO makes it unnecessary.