20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniel) team up for another ill-fated road trip.
In need of a new kidney and having found out that he has a long-lost daughter named Fanny (Rachel Melvin), dimwit Harry breaks his equally idiotic pal, Lloyd, out of a mental asylum to accompany him on a road trip to find her.
Harry can’t wait to meet his daughter, and then hit her up for a vital organ. But after Lloyd sees a picture of Harry’s surprisingly hot daughter he only has one thing on his mind. It’s Mary Swanson all over again.
The two morons try to outsmart the other, but as you can imagine it’s not exactly a difficult task. They also have to deal with Penny’s evil stepmother Adele (Laurie Holden) and her minion (Rob Riggle). Adele is a gold-digging shrew who wants her super-rich science geek of a husband (Steve Tom) dead, and she’s not about to let these two dimwits stand in her way.
The witless wonders travel across the country to find Fanny using whatever mode of transportation they can find, ultimately arriving at the one place on Earth where they least belong: a summit of the world’s most brilliant minds.
What made the original Dumb and Dumber so adorable was that Lloyd and Harry were good-natured goofballs inadvertently doing outrageous things in a normal world. In Dumb and Dumber To, Lloyd and Harry aren’t good-natured, they’re outright stupid. And the world that they inhabit isn’t normal, but outrageous.
Kathleen Turner is one of the movies’ many highlights as Penny’s mother and her growling bluntness with Harry and Lloyd produces some laughs. Sadly, she recedes into the background when the old pals take to the road. Rob Riggle adds another element of hilarity to the movie with his brilliant comedic timing.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t holding out much hope for this movie. So many great movies that have gone before have been tainted by their sequel. But I’m glad that Carrey and Daniels decided to return to their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts.
The original movie’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly haven’t taken the easy option and created a rehash of Dumb and Dumber. Okay so it’s not as good as the original, but they’ve made a movie that people will love. It’s childish, obnoxious, crude and outright stupid. And guess what? I loved every minute of it.
By Ruth Walker