By Jesus Figueroa
“Dumb and Dumber To” stays in the same goofy, unexpected style as the original, which came out 19 years ago, but with the lack of originality, it fails to be a great film.
The story takes twists, which are unbelievable and unpractical, and tries to make the same gags as the original film funny for a new generation of viewers.
Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, reveals to Harry, played by Jeff Daniels, he has been faking being in a catatonic state for almost 20 years as a gag.
Carrey is a great comic with good timing for each joke. This was already apparent in the original.
Daniels is more serious and takes on darker comedy as a contrast to Carrey’s style.
The two match up well as they did in the original and feed off of each-others antics.
Harry tells Lloyd that he is seriously ill and in need of a kidney.
The two set off to find a genetic match. They start by visiting Harry’s family, who are his adoptive parents.
As Harry finds out he’s adopted, he also comes across a 20-year-old letter, which makes him believe he has a child.
Lloyd and Harry go in search of the child’s mother Frida Fetcher, played by Kathleen Turner, only to find out she gave up the baby girl for adoption.
Turner is funny during the small amount of time she is on screen but most of her comedic moments come from pointing out something Lloyd and Harry do.
The motherly aspect isn’t a huge part of the character, which may have made for a more satisfying character.
With hopes of finding a match, and Lloyd falling for the beauty of Frida’s daughter Penny, played by Rachel Melvin, the search begins. Luckily Frida has an address for the daughter.
Melvin is funny as she takes the same type of humor Carrey and Daniels have.
The adventure has bumps and obstacles in the way and leads to a strange unsettling ending.
Much of the comedy for the ending is nonsensical comedy, which may not be as amusing to those who have seen the original film.
The story seems to rely heavily on old gags that have been seen already and a style, which is familiar.
“Dumb and Dumber” in 1995 was a hilarious film because of the manner in which it seemed to step out of the normal comedy.
This third installment, as a prequel was made which did not have Carrey and Daniels as the main characters, falls short of innovative and hilarious.
The incorporation of the prequel film is not as apparent.
The film has its comedic element but does not do a good job of pulling away enough to feel exciting and new.
The big laughable moments are various and throughout the film, but may be spaced too far apart.
This film may be funny for those who have not seen the original, but with the references to the original, it may also be confusing.
“Dumb and Dumber To” is out in theaters now and is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references.