Retro Review: Dumb and Dumberer

If you call this movie an exercise in stupidity, is that a pan or a praise?

The sequel to the 1994 comedy “Dumb & Dumber”, finds the hapless duo of Harry and Lloyd (originally played by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) back in the 1980s and attending high school. Harry (Derek Richardson) is a momma’s boy who doesn’t know what to do with his imaginary friend Captain Rob on his first day of school.

Kindred spirit Lloyd (Eric Christian Olsen) lives with his janitor dad (Luis Guzman) underneath the high school, which Lloyd is about to join.

When Harry meets Lloyd they find that they have something in common, they’re special.

Ego-driven Principal Collins (Eugene Levy) concocts a plan to make a special education class for his new delinquents and use the extra money generated by the program for an early retirement plan.

Popular girl and aspiring reporter Jessica Matthews (Rachel Nichols) decides to help the hapless duo when she suspects Collins of creating a scam.

As sequels go, “Dumb 2” (what I will always remember it as) reminded me a lot of those countless “Meatballs” sequels.

There is always some figure of authority who wants to get filthy stinkin’ rich by taking advantage of the film’s heroes. Come on, even Scooby Doo knew about these kinds of plots.

The jokes and gross-out gags are quite tame compared to the original film or any of the gross-out comedies that has come after. The whole film felt overtly flat and retread. It only lasts 90 minutes but it feels like an eternity.

I do have to hand it to the casting people. The two hapless nut-jobs they picked to play the film’s central characters are great look-a-likes.

But even Vegas has Elvis look-a-likes but that doesn’t mean they have what Elvis had.

I also have to hand it to newcomer Rachel Nichols. She does seem to have something but this project wasn’t a great career move.

Here’s to hoping she doesn’t become another Marley Shelton, another good actress who is in the most awful of projects.

It is hard to complain about a film called “Dumb and Dumber” because the film doesn’t really claim to live up to anything. But when you make a sequel to something dumb it is just desperation at best.

(1 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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