Dumb & Dumber To
I'm fully expecting this to be one of my shortest reviews....at least I'm hoping so.
20 years after the original, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are reunited to go on another road trip. This time, Harry needs a kidney and through some circumstances that are best left unmentioned, the only one who can provide him a new kidney is from his previously-unknown daughter, Penny (Rachel Melvin). Lloyd decides to join Harry as he sees fit to fall immediately in love with a picture of Penny. Hilarity Ensues.
Every note from the original Dumb and Dumber is hit from Lloyd having a fantasy sequence involving the love of his life to persons we meet earlier in the film turning out to be government agents. And what would this listless film be without adding on a bad guy plot. The bad guys in this film involve Penny's adopted mother, Adele, (Laurie Holden) and her lover/housekeeper Travis (Rob Riggle) who are trying to poison Adele's husband Bernard (Steve Tom). Hilarity ensues.
During the extended road trip sequence, Travis joins Harry and Lloyd in an attempt to complete his and Adele's master plan along with killing Harry and Lloyd. Once Travis has been removed from the film, we are provided with Travis' twin brother Captain Lippincott (Rob Riggle, also) who also wants to kill Harry and Lloyd because, well... reasons. Hilarity ensues.
There's something to be said for a movie that passes itself off as a comedy yet tries so hard for laughs and couldn't manage a full laugh from this reviewer. Dumb & Dumber To reeks of desperation, specifically from Jim Carrey, who seems to be trying to recapture his former box office glory. Jeff Daniels is the one I feel more sorry for as he did not need this film on his resume as he has been putting out solid work including his award-winning role in 'The Newsroom'.
I remember when Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls was getting ready to be released that Jim Carrey mentioned not wanting to be associated with continuing to do sequels. Here we are, 20 years later--Jim Carrey is not the draw he once was and goes back to the well for a substandard sequel to a beloved comedy.
Hilarity does not ensue.