Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Twenty years after their last adventure, Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) find out that Harry needs a new kidney. As they search for a family member who is a match they discover that Harry has a long lost daughter, Penny (Rachel Melvin). Penny’s adopted father Dr. Pinchelow (Steve Tom), sends Harry and Lloyd across the country to meet her and deliver a valuable package. While on their quest, Harry and Lloyd encounter no shortage of obstacles, including a shady duo with a deadly plot to steal the package and eliminate Harry and Lloyd.
For me, the original Dumb and Dumber is an almost perfect comedy. It rests comfortably in my all-time Top Ten, and while Dumb and Dumber To generates plenty of hearty laughs, it never quite reaches the dimwitted glee of the first film. Every element of this film is just one degree lesser than the first and that includes Jeff Daniels. Daniels is an amazing actor and I love his work on The Newsroom, but he didn’t settle back into his role as easily as Jim Carrey did and you really notice how hard he is working.
Those are ultimately small issues when watching this movie because it is still a lot of fun. The cutaway scenes where we dive in to Harry and Lloyd’s imaginations are great, and this film references the first in many ways, but most of the gags are brand new. Harry and Lloyd’s obliviousness allows you to throw them in the most absurd situations and watch them react, which means the possibilities for comedy are endless. Even though some of the best jokes are in the trailer, there are so many more that you get your money’s worth. My only negative with the humor is that at times it has a slightly more mean spirited bent than it did before, but that is only true in a few scenes and not overall. If you loved Dumb and Dumber then I can’t imagine you wouldn’t also be very happy with Dumb and Dumber To. Next time, just don’t make us wait so long. B