Dumb and Dumber To, the mildly disappointing follow-up to the 1994 comedy classic starring Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels, will be the next film featured in the Campus Activities Board’s ongoing series of movie nights.
Rated PG-13, the film will be shown in the Phelps Theater Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. Students who attend the event will be able to watch the film before it is released on Blu-ray and DVD and will also be able to simulate the traditional movie-going experience with free candy and popcorn.
Set 20 years after the original film, Dumb and Dumber To follows the reunited Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne as they travel cross country in search of Dunne’s long lost daughter Penny. Along the way, the hapless duo wreaks stupidity on the world at large and unknowingly stumble upon a murder plot.
Though this sequel succeeds in bringing the audience a few laughs, viewers can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu while watching. This is due in no small part to the six screenwriters’ use of the same not-so-classic-jokes-anymore from the first film (“Wanna hear the second most annoying sound in the world?”), as well as the writers’ blatant theft of the first film’s basic plot.
Fortunately, despite the weak, forced script, actors Carey and Daniels manage to effortlessly resurrect their iconic characters and induce just enough nostalgia to entertain the audience throughout the film’s 109-minute run time.
The new supporting cast members, however, aren’t as fortunate. Comprised of the much too serious Laurie Holden, relative newcomer Rachel Melvin and the usually funny Rob Riggle, their inability to overcome their poorly written characters makes their screen time almost unbearable. The only true bright light among the new additions is Kathleen Turner’s performance as Fraida Felcher, Penny’s remorseful biological mother.
As a whole, the film seemed at first glance to be a worthwhile watch — with original directors Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly on board — but this sequel is actually nothing more than another Hollywood grab for cash made 20 years too late.