Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia we had the chance to see The Farrelly brothers’ Dumb and Dumber To before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself
The pair visits Harry’s parents (an Asian couple) to discover a letter from his ex-girlfriend announcing that she is pregnant.
Believing that Harry had a grown-up child who may be the solution to his kidney problem, the two nut-jobs embark on a road trip across the country to find Harry’s ex-girlfriend Fraida (Katherine Turner) who confesses that she had given her daughter up for adoption. However, she agrees to help them track down her daughter Penny (Rachel Melvin) in hopes of reconnecting with her.
Like the first movie, the sequel is totally reliant upon the goofiness and exaggerated acting of its main characters, especially Jim Carrey‘s. It seems that Carrey got a free pass from the directors to do what he does best. The dialogue comprises an outpouring of crude, racist and disgusting jokes, mixed with a fair assortment of silly and funny ones. All along, viewers are treated to Carrey’s rubber-faced comedic excellence.
While the film doesn’t shine in terms of storyline or acting, we cannot deny the commitment of its main actors, who appear to be fully committed to their characters. While Jim Carrey takes all the comedy in his stride as a hyperactive kid-adult, Jeff Daniels is his more placid counterpart and brings some softer comedy (but there are too many shots of his butt crack for our taste). The film also contains some surprises, in the form of characters and references from the first instalment. Moreover, if you stay during the credits you will see pics from the first movie, and after 20 years, they will back some great memories.
While this might not be to everybody’s taste, it will definitely amuse those who are up for some high-school humour, including lots of sphincter references, racism, elderly sex jokes and really, really dumb dialogue and silliness.
Dumb and Dumber To opens in cinemas January 8th, 2015.