Twenty years ago, the world met Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas, two of the biggest idiots to ever grace the silver screen. Twenty years later, they're back, and dumber than ever, in the form of "Dumb and Dumber To."
That news shouldn't come as a shock, but is it welcome? Depends on your affection for the original "Dumb and Dumber." Most reviewers agree that the sequel doesn't meet the heights of the Farrelly brothers' first film, but even some of the harshest critics admit that they burst out laughing in spite of themselves from time to time. If nothing else, it sounds as if Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back in top form — if you can call it that.
Read on for what critics have to say about the "Dumb and Dumber" sequel:
"Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) are lifelong best friends, forever linked in paucity of IQ. They’re reunited in an extended bit about why it’s been 20 years since we’ve seen them, and it creates a reason for Daniels to be holding a bag of pee in his teeth two minutes into the film. Just in case you were wondering how low a bar we were starting off with.
"Once they’ve caught up, Harry reveals he needs a kidney transplant, and conveniently finds out he’s got a child he never knew about. … The duo sets out to track down Harry’s daughter (Rachel Melvin) and find out if she is, as Lloyd puts it, 'a genital organ match.'" — Sara Stewart, New York Post
Was This Worth The Wait?
"If you're wondering if Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are too old to play Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, the braindead boobs they so memorably played in 1994's original 'Dumb and Dumber,' the answer is yes. That's also at least 15 percent of the joke in ‘Dumb and Dumber To.' If the sight of two thirtysomethings acting like immature jackasses is funny, the sight of two fiftysomethings acting like immature jackasses is downright perverse—and therefore even funnier. 20 years later, Harry and Lloyd haven't matured in the slightest. If anything, they've actually regressed. Their loss (of brain cells) is our gain (comically)." — Matt Singer, ScreenCrush.com
"As usual, the brothers don’t toss away a single idea, and some of the misfires are vile; there’s a fantasy-flashback joke involving the daughter’s first period that I’d pay to have removed from my memory bank. But the batting average is surprisingly high, not so much in belly laughs as in steady-state giggles prompted by expert sight gags and one-liners that display the heroes’ proud idiocy. Lloyd during a boring spell on the road: 'Want to play ‘He Who Smelt It, Dealt It’? It’s complicated.' Lloyd, on being told the drinks at a shindig are gratis: 'Hmm. Sounds expensive.' Penny: 'I’ve always wanted to go to India and work in a Leprechaun colony.' Lloyd, after a pause: 'I think you mean Ireland.'
"If that suggests that Carrey carries the load of the comedy, that’s only because Daniels’s Harry is so sweetly, densely reactive. True, Carrey has more to prove at this point in his career, and his high-impact energy can be grating. But then the Farrellys will park their camera as the star eats a hot dog, with mustard, in one go without hands, simply for the disgust-o enjoyment of it. You almost feel like applauding — and then taking a shower." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
Laughing In Spite Of Yourself
"The picture lasts an hour and 50 minutes but it feels like three days. It is annoying and exhausting, and I honestly couldn’t tell you whether or not this is part of the Farrellys’ twisted design. During one ceaseless sequence I actually muttered: 'Ugh, I can’t take any more!' and my colleague seated beside me chuckled in agreement. We were laughing, but by God did we want to get out of there." — Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
Sweet and Sour
"There is something odd about seeing Carrey and Daniels at this age playing these characters, but they somehow manage to reclaim some actual innocence for these goofballs by the end of the film. That strange mix of the very crass and the very sweet is a big part of what makes the Farrellys who they are, and when it works, 'Dumb and Dumber To' is a reminder of why we found them funny in the first place." — Drew McWeeny, HitFix.com
The Final Word
"'Dumb and Dumber' functions as an amusing trip down nostalgia lane – complete with closing credits that are almost oddly reverent about the history of these characters. It’s easy to enjoy spending time with Harry and Lloyd again and there are some laughs to be had. But comedy sequels are always particularly tough to pull off and 'Dumb and Dumber To' sits in the 'enjoyable retread of the first film' category, rather than offering up enough to make it a truly satisfying film on its own." — Eric Goldman, IGN Movies
"Dumb and Dumber To" is in theaters now.