Jeff Daniels' Harry and Jim Carrey's Lloyd return in this relentlessly crass comedy sequel
“Did you have a C-section – or were you able to give birth au snatcherel?” That’s actually one of the smartest jokes in this relentlessly crass comedy sequel, which reunites simpleton pals Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) a full two decades after their blundering road trip across America.
Dumb and Dumber To sends the dim-witted duo on a second cross-country journey – this time, in pursuit of Harry’s long lost daughter by a “titanic whore” called Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner, gamely sending up her status as an aged sex symbol). For Harry, it’s apparently a matter of life and death – his health is failing him and he needs one of the poor girl’s kidneys – but Lloyd just tags along because Harry’s lass has grown into an adult hottie called Penny (US soap star Rachel Melvin). Along the way, Harry and Lloyd become embroiled in a scheme by Penny’s adopted stepmother (The Walking Dead‘s Laurie Holden ) to kill off Penny’s adopted father (Steve Toms from Funny Or Die Presents), a Nobel Prize-winning genius with a secret billion dollar invention to his name. Obviously it’s all very silly but with this film, the plot is hardly the point.
The point is to make us laugh, mostly with jokes that stoop to the lowest common denominator, but Dumb and Dumber To simply isn’t funny enough. The Farrelly Brothers’ sequel has just as much toilet humour, basic slapstick and plain stupidity as their 1994 original, but this film rarely makes you laugh out loud (and feel a bit guilty for doing so) in the same way. Daniels and Carrey throw themselves back into the old roles with gusto, but now these two actors have a combined age of 111, it’s sometimes a little uncomfortable watching them play characters who “act like a couple of 10-year-olds”, as Penny’s stepmother accurately points out when she first meets them.
Dumb and Dumber To isn’t a total disaster – there are some fun wordplay jokes and a memorably disgusting scene at an old people’s home involving a “grangina” (think about it) – but only die-hard fans of Harry and Lloyd will find it truly satisfying. Everyone else should grab a drink before they go in, preferably two.