Dumb and Dumber To (Sidenote: Frontera)

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(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

Dumb and Dumber To, may be a little dumber and cruder than the first one, but I was laughing almost all the way through. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

Jim Carrey is definitely one of my favorite comedic actors since I was a kid. His slapstick demeanor, his funny faces, and his comedic timing has been stapled in my mind as one of the all time greats. He has made some memorable movies like the Ace Ventura movies, The Mask, Liar Liar, and let’s not forget his role in The Truman Show where I strongly believe he got snubbed of an Oscar nomination. His comedy is what you need when you are feeling down. When I heard that Dumber and Dumber is getting a sequel with the same cast duo of Carrey and Jeff Daniels, I was immediately excited that they finally getting a much overdue sequel. Yes, they look older and a lot has changed in the comedy genre in the last 20 years, but I knew the Farrelly Brothers will come up with a script that will work. I didn’t expect that it will be better than the first movie, but I knew it will be a breathe of fresh air and a walk down memory lane with this movie. It did, I will start with what I liked, to the so so, to what I didn’t like.

What I liked, this movie almost never failed to make me laugh. From the stupid stuff they be saying, to the idiotic antics they be portraying, to their handling of situations where all I can do is laugh and shake my head. It’s like Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels never left as the dumb comedic duo of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. These two guys had so much chemistry between them that I believe they’re almost real idiotic buddies. Some moments I really laughed so loud, like when they were driving to find Harry’s supposed daughter, Penny played by Rachel Melvin, in Maryland, but instead they read the wrong address and came back to her biological mother’s, Frieda Felcher played by Kathleen Turner, house again, or when they racked the bike on the front of the bus and were still on the bike during the bus ride. There were many other hysterical moments. I also liked how they touched base from the first movie like bringing back Billy the Blind Kid, played by Brady Bluhm, back, but as an adult raising exotic birds. Also at the after credits scene they brought back Sea Bass as well. They also made another scene where Lloyd fights off ninjas in another dream sequence. The movie still maintained it’s nostalgia from the first movie. What I liked too in this movie that these guys may be dumber than a dummy, but they still maintained a true friendship. I mean Harry always visited Lloyd once a week when he was at the mental institution for 20 years where supposedly Lloyd has gone crazy after the events from the first movie. The storyline wasn’t as good as the first, but it was effective and smart in leading up to certain events that was clean and flowed well. The villains of the movie was a step back, but it made sense for the story. I just liked seeing Rob Riggle (who seems to be playing villains as of late) playing twin brothers Travis and Captain Lippencott. Travis just wanted to be rich through Penny’s adoptive father, Dr. Pitchlow played by Steve Tom, a wealthy scientist who is married to a women named Adele, played by Laurie Holden, who wants to kill Dr. Pitchlow and get his inheritance and run away with Travis who has her lover. When Travis got accidently killed, his twin brother Captain Lippencott, a private ops officer who wants to seek revenge to Lloyd and Harry for killing his twin brother even though it was an accident. I just liked the randomness of Captain Lippencott appearing wearing a suit that looks like he’s blending in with the environment and randomly appearing. It got me every time. I also liked how Harry’s supposed daughter, Penny, is also as dumb, and really making you believe it was Harry’s daughter. I thought, Melvin played the role well. There was a lot of cameo’s in this movie as well like Bill Murray and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The movie really did make me laugh, and that is what really is a comedy is all about, even if it’s stupid funny, if it makes you laugh, it has done it’s job. I mean, they had an Asian Mariachi band, if that’s not funny, I don’t know what is.

The so so, some of the jokes and antics have become dumber and cruder. Meaning, maybe a little too much toilet humor (maybe for some people not enough) and maybe too much idiocy, but maybe that is what the movie was going for. At least it kept up with today’s times and I can appreciate that. Like having a meth cooker which immediately reminded me of the great show Breaking Bad.

What I didn’t like, there were some jokes that were just not funny, or really didn’t make any sense. One that comes to mind is that neither Lloyd or Harry knew what was sexual intercourse was. Really now? Even after all of Lloyd’s fantasies, he didn’t know what it was. I find it creepy that Lloyd is deeply attracted (and infatuated) with Harry’s supposed daughter, Penny. Also, how the hell nobody knew who the real Dr. Pitchlow is. A very respected and well known scientist receiving a prestigious award, and they mistake Harry for him? Also when the whole kidney thing that started the story ended up to be a joke, all I can do is shake my head. I was also disappointed that the dog car only made a brief appearance, but the zamboni kind of made up for it. It’s not unusual for comedies, even the great ones, strike out on some jokes.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the first movie, you will not be disappointed with this sequel, and makes you forget about Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. There is a debate between this movie and Neighbors for the best comedy of the year so far. I have to say that even though Neighbors had a better storyline, Dumb and Dumber To gave me a lot more laughs. So as of right now, this movie is the best comedy of the year (I might get some flack for this, but I can honestly say it). It will continue this franchise cult following!!! Final Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

(Sidenote: Frontera- A movie starring Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, and Ed Harris. In a nutshell, it’s about a Mexican immigrant trying to find work in the United States so he can provide for his pregnant wife and daughter. He runs into some trouble when a rancher’s wife helping the Mexican Immigrant was thrown off her horse by some kids trying to shoot the Mexican Immigrant to scare him off. The accident kills her of head trauma and the rancher believes it was the Mexican Immigrant’s fault cuz he was trying to steal her horse which wasn’t the case. The Mexican Immigrant gets arrested and tried for murder, but the rancher realizes he was telling the truth and finds a way for him to be cleared. There is a sub story of his wife trying to help him, but gets kidnapped and raped by a gang called The Coyote. I thought this movie will have some thrilling political stories on immigration, instead it was nothing but drama. The only thrilling part was the ending, when the rancher stops a shooter from killing immigrants. Not to much to enjoy, and kind of boring, but at least it had a good cast talking in Spanish. Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.)

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