Hey, you have no one to blame but yourself if you find the words "One for Dumb and Dumberer please" coming out of your mouth. Now, nobody loves a good stupid laugh as much as I do...but this movie's all stupid and no laugh. The original worked effortlessly; the creators of this biblically unnecessary prequel simply show no effort.Just so you know that I wasn't gunning for this movie right from the get-go: I go on record as stating that Eric Christian Olsen's performance in Not Another Teen Movie had me rolling with peals of laughter. I'm completely serious. Rent the flick again and pay attention to the "pretty white bread" guy and tell me that's not a funny actor working hard.
So when I heard that Olsen was cast as a young version of Jim Carrey, I thought "Heyyyyyy...OK, this is a funny guy! That's a good choice!" and now that I've seen the Dumb and Dumberer I don't necessarily think less of Olsen - I just think he needs to find some better roles or a new agent.
Olsen plays the Lloyd Christmas character created by Carrey in the 1994 original, and Olsen has J.C. down to the smallest and stupidest little affectation. This is a funny young actor who's working his hardest.
Now that I got those compliments out of the way, here's the straight dope:
Olsen's the only one who's even TRYING. So limp and tiresome and phoned-in are the slapstick antics of this film that I found myself yearning for the subtlelty of a Charlie Callas or a ball-peen hammer to the forehead.
Inasmuch as 'enough story to fill a 90-second trailer' can be considered a "plot", here's a synopsis:
Two blithering idiots become friends in high school. The devious principal (a slumming Eugene Levy) and a conniving lunchroom lady (an astoundingly underused Cheri Oteri) hope to build a class of "special needs" students around the amazingly dumb Harry & Lloyd. Why? So the evil bastards can steal the endowment money!
Someone got paid six figures to write this script.
This plot is ignored whenever director Troy Miller feels the need to indulge in one of several clumsy sequences of slapstick, silliness or outright stupidity. If hearing Bob Saget scream "there's shit on my walls" over and over represents your own personal pinnacle of hilarity, you'll have a ball.
Why New Line Cinema feels the need to churn out such flimsy in-name-only sequels (or prequels or whatever) in between our annual Lord of the Rings masterpieces is a question best left for the geniuses up on high. One can only assume that if the best non-Hobbit fare they have to offer is Dumb and Dumberer and The Real Cancun - they'll soon be offering Peter Jackson 2 billion dollars to direct The Hobbit for them. So maybe a Dumb and Dumber 3 would be a good thing after all!
Just make sure it's not your eight bucks they swindle.Including a parcel of strained bloopers at the finalé, the flick clocks in at about 81 minutes. Hell, even DISNEY would have the decency to release this crap directly to video.