Worth A Look: 13.43%
Pretty Bad: 13.43%
Total Crap: 62.69%
3 reviews, 49 user ratings
|Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
by Carina Hoskisson
Occasionally a movie critic has to take one for the team. Iíve done it, I took it, donít ever say I never did anything for you. Grant me one wish: donít spend your hard earned dollars/pesos/euros on Dumb and Dumberer. I had one and a half of the longest hours of my life sucked out of me one pore at a time. Donít let it happen to you.I love Dumb and Dumber. Uh-lot. I may have seen Dumb & Dumber more than any other movie. Dumb & Dumber is clever, mean, cruel, disgusting, and hysterical. Now, take the original and rewrite all jokes so that they aren't funny. Letís detail:
"An achingly bad insult to its predecessor--Avoid at all costs"
1. Uh-lot, check
2. Turbo-Lax, check
3. Mistaken nationality joke with car involved, check
4. Girl both boys want, check
5. Girl dates both, check
6. Boob jokes about girl in question, check
7. Girl has real significant other, check
8. Mishap in girlís guest bathroom, check
9. ďOne in a million,Ē check
10. Lloyd ďtotally redeemingĒ himself, check
11. Pedigree Pooches grooming, check
12. Food going awry, check
13. Mess with ketchup & mustard, check
14. There are too many more to detail
By the way, in case you think Iím spoiling this movie for you, good! Maybe then you wonít go see it. Donít kid yourself into thinking this will be the Dude Whereís My Car kind of bad.
Dumb and Dumberer is so bad it makes you angry. Iím personally furious for having to watch this movie to the bitter, bitter end so that I could give it an honest review. I envied the droves leaving the theater. I got up once during the movie so that I could see the facial reactions in the crowd. There they were. Not one laughing. Every single one with a look of aghast pain and sheer boredom at the astonishing cinematic disaster unfolding.
You know a movie is bad when you check your watch and youíre not even 20 minutes into the movie. At that point you should still be rooting for the movie instead of wishing for its painful demise. I wished for either a speedy death from a falling light fixture, or worse, wish I had gone to see 2 Fast 2 Furious. I hear sweatshop work isnít so bad. Maybe I could have faced the wall in a public restroom at 2 am waiting for Sea Bass. All are preferable alternatives to watching Dumb and Dumberer.
I guess we have to do some kind of plot summary. Harry and Lloyd meet, go to high school, get put into a class special needs students so their principal can skim the special needs budget. Add some short bus jokes, 'special' jokes, and utterly offensive (and not funny) racial characters. There.
A quick review of the lowlights:
As devotees to the original will know, Lloyd Christmas has a chipped front tooth. Lloyd has a chipped front tooth in the prequel too. Only it isn't a chipped front tooth, itís a piece of freaking electrical tape wrapped around Eric Christian Olsen's front tooth. Multiple extreme close-ups rub this flub in with salt.
Let's not forget the completely unnecessary montages in the movie. In case you hated the jokes the first time, you get to watch them again and again with grating music. My jaw clenches in sheer anger at even having to recall the piss-poor device.
What marked the original was a complete lack of respect for their audience. The characters, particularly Lloyd (Jim Carrey), are mean and totally unconcerned for fellow humans. The same guys who sold a duct-taped dead bird to a blind kid. Comedy gold. The makers of Dumb and Dumberer made their central characters a couple half-wits who bumble through life with an optimism that belies the original intent. Gone are the purposefully raunchy jokes. Instead you are subjected to cheap, boring, and unfunny innuendo. The Farrelly brothers try to offend you with sick humor and biting stories. Every time they go over the top the brothers keep an eye on the smart nuances. You donít get all the jokes the first time there is so much you have to watch.
Dumb and Dumberer lacks every single one of those qualities. Dumb and Dumberer removed all the clever humor and replaced it with the wincingly bad. Intelligent people wrote the original, this was written by a pack of hack monkeys.
Itís a crime to waste good talent. What is the extraordinarily talented Cheri Oteri doing in this mess of a movie? She is criminally wasted. Eugene Levy obviously has some back taxes. What other reason could he have to do this piece of tripe? Eric Christian Olsen does a passable Jim Carrey. The poor guy has just no material to work with. The rest of the actors are young kids who need a break or a job. I wonít tear them apart for being in a flick they were probably too inexperienced to discern from pond scum. Or in the case of this movie, unable to discern crap on the wall from chocolate smeared on the wall. Yeah, thatís what passes for a hilarious faux pas in this horrendous excuse for a comedy.I honestly canít tell you what to do instead of watching Dumb and Dumberer. Anything you might do would be better than going to see this two-bit horseís ass of a movie.
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originally posted: 06/15/03 14:49:05