Harry and Lloyd return, and in twenty years they haven’t changed that much.
I am huge fan of Dumb and Dumber, which came out in 1994. It had a stellar cast, a clever plot, a great soundtrack and some very memorable lines. When news came out of a possible sequel, I couldn’t help but think it was about time. It promised to bring back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly brothers, two directors who helped make the first film great. It seems like the perfect recipe for a smash film, and although this is not true, it is not a terrible film either. It is definitely not for kids, but if you were a fan of the first movie you should go and see it.
This film returns us to Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas, two best friends who are not the smartest men you will ever meet. It has been twenty years since viewers last saw them, and much has changed. Lloyd is in a mental hospital, and Harry comes to visit him all the time. One day Harry comes to visit Lloyd, and he says he has a serious health issue that has come up and he won’t be able to see him anymore. For the first time Lloyd makes a sound, and Harry begs him to spit it out. Lloyd admits it was all a gag, and Harry seems to think this is awesome.
After this, they go back to their old apartment, where Harry has a cat and the place hasn’t changed that much. Harry finds an old letter and finds out he has a kid out there, a daughter he never knew existed. Lloyd and Harry decide to go out on the road and find her. So off they go on another adventure, filled with comedic gags, crazy stunts and silly dream sequences. When Lloyd sees the picture of Harry’s daughter, he falls in love with her right away, although he would never admit this to Harry. Harry has a bad kidney, and only his daughter can save him with a transplant. If he doesn’t get to her soon, he is doomed. Where is his daughter? Will she be willing to help him out? And will their friendship survive this new adventure?
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are the perfect pair in this movie. They work really well together, and the chemistry is what makes this a funny movie. The jokes can be a tad crude and idiotic, but they make them work. Although their characters are a bit dumber this time around, they are sure to make you laugh really hard. They both have greats hearts, and only want to help each other out. It is great to see them work together again, and this time no matter how much they hurt each other, by the end they are closer than ever before. Rachel Melvin is very good as Penny, she is also not that smart, and has a few funny scenes. She is a simple girl, and one who has the potential to succeed in life. She plays the absent minded role well, and is a character who helps this film flow and keeps many mysteries alive until the final moments. Rob Riggle is wonderful as twin brothers Travis and Captain Lipencott. Although these two men comes from very different backgrounds, they have many things in common. They both have diabolical goals, are greedy and are willing to go to extremes to get what they want. They are both easy to hate, and viewers will never want to root for them.
Bu the best thing about this film is the importance of best friends. Lloyd and Harry are a perfect example of this. They may have their faults, but there doesn’t seem to be anything that can tear them apart. No matter what harmful words they say or how bad things get, they will always be friends. They are willing to go anywhere with each other, and want to do all they can to help each other find happiness. All men would love to have a male friendship like this, but truthfully few men actually get it. This was one of the reasons I enjoyed watching this movie, and is a good reason for men to go out and see it.
This is not one of the best films I have seen all year. It does have its flaws, and not just a few of them. It appears that since viewers last saw Harry and Lloyd they have become dumber. Harry seems socially inept at times, and this can get annoying. Even though he has a big part in this film, he seems to take a back seat to what Lloyd has going on. Lloyd also appears to be dumber than before, to an unbelievable degree. He has no idea on basic social skills like not ringing peoples doorbells at 3 am and how to be respectful to his best friend. Even though Harry is dying, all he seems to care about is himself. He is a smart ass, and is more than willing to poke fun at Harry for his own expense. This film also has a few funny parts, but they are few and far between. There is a scene where they find a car that fans will remember all too well, but the scene itself is anticlimactic at best. It is not a film you may want to run out and see right away, and if you didn’t like the first movie, there is little chance you will like this one.
The soundtrack is also not as good, the songs are not that memorable and won’t bring much life to the scenes they are in. There are some good special effects, and although the dream sequences may not make sense they are clever. The dream sequence with Lloyd going on a date with Penny is hilarious,and chances are good that you will laugh when watching it. The plot does have some good twists and turns in it, which can make the movie enjoyable for fans. The ending could have been better, but it wraps things up okay I guess. I won’t spoil what happens here, but it makes sense if you think about it.
If you liked Dumb and Dumber, you must go out and see this film. If you are looking for a simple comedy to see with friends, this is the film for you. It is not as good as the original, but it is not as bad as Dumb and Dumberer either. It is a film made for men, and is sure to bring some good laughs.