REVIEW: DUMB AND DUMBER TO
Two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ endearingly dense pairing spun slapstick comedy into box office gold in Dumb and Dumber, the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, arrives on Digital HD on February 3, 2015 and on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber; There’s Something about Mary; Me, Myself and Irene) the Dumb and Dumber To Blu-ray™ Combo Pack offers hilarious extra belly laughs including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and a multi-part feature that takes viewers behind the scenes of the no-holds-barred comedy.
SYNOPSIS: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby
Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. Along for the ride are co-stars Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, and Rob
REVIEW: I do believe there is such a thing as a clever dumb movie as in the case of 1994’s Dumb & Dumber - part one. However, with this latest effort the Farrelly Brothers (There's Something About Mary, 1998) do not seem to aspire to anything but more of the “dumb” as its sole focus with no “clever.” So here's a flick that many, including myself, have been anticipating for some time. I’m certain many of the like-minded whom are happy to hear about this sequel being made 20 years after the original Dumb and Dumber hit theaters, are expecting an over-the-top presentation, but what a let-down to be had here. There is a plot, a loose assemblage of familiar junk tropes: mistaken identity, a question of paternity, life-threatening illness, a breakup followed by a make-up. Kathleen Turner
(Marley & Me, 2008), Laurie Holden (The walking Dead, TV series) and Rob Riggle (Let's Be Cops, 2014) turn up in supporting roles.
One does not go into a movie like this expecting great substance. However, it would be normal to go into it expecting big laughs. All comedies should ultimately be judged on how funny they are, and this entire flick felt like a re-hash of sorts. We all know how funny a joke is when heard for the second time (Not so funny the second time around). In my opinion, the biggest sin of reuniting with our old friends Harry and Lloyd is that the laughs are not as hot and heavy and are few and far between. All comedies should ultimately be judged on how funny they are, and this entire film felt like a drawn out Comedy Central skit. Peter Farrelly sold it as “…If you liked ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you’ll probably like this…,” but that’s the problem – If you didn’t like it, then it’s 110 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back. Sadly, this one falls in the category of a sad dumb movie, a movie that will make you regret ever wishing for its existence.
To its credit, Dumb and Dumber To does feature a pretty cool scene in which Jim Carrey’s character “Lloyd” grotesquely devours a hot dog as only Jim Carrey could -- the kinda off-the-rails weird fanfare that slap-stick comedies often lack. Also, It doesn’t straight-up try to replicate every joke , although there are a number of rehashes from the original, like the line “Wanna hear the second-most annoying sound in the world?” amongst a few others. But it goes alone with the same level of “stupid” brought about by the predecessor.
Overall, all is not lost here. Though your enjoyment will be directly proportionate to the level of reverence you have for the original. The key is here is
Carrey, who works best as the agent of derangement, twisting his body, contorting his face, being the cast’s catalyst. He isn’t as potent as he was in 1994, but he’s still pretty entertaining, for the most part. Lloyd is a little bit meaner now with Carrey appearing to be a bit mellower. This is unfortunately a two and a half out of five star movie that is best viewed with a bunch of friends half-baked.
By Movi-Man Stan w/ Vanessa
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0; Castilian Spanish, L.A. Spanish, French Canadian and German DTS Digital Surround 5.1
SDH, Spanish, French and German subtitles
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Deleted and Extended Scenes
What’s so Smart about Dumb and Dumber To? From stress relief to providing a new perspective on life, the film’s cast and crew and the author of Psychology for Dummies make the case for why you sometimes need to step back from the seriousness of life and just get dumb.
That’s Awesome! – The Story Of Dumb And Dumber To
Chapter 1 – “I Like it a Lot” – The Beginning—Join Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly Brothers on-set as they give you the hows, whats, whys and huhs behind making dumb magic all over again.
Chapter 2 – “Gotcha” – The Cast
Chapter 2.5 – “That’s Insane!” – The Cameos—Meet the fan favorites, powerful executives, brilliant musicians, and comedy legends who pop up throughout the film in surprising (and surprisingly dumb) ways!
Chapter 3 – “We’re Gunna Need Some Wheels” – The Cars— Take a ride on the Zamboni, go inside the hearse, and discover the story behind the triumphant return of the Mutt Cutts van in this fun piece!
Chapter 4 – “That’s Commitment!” – The Stunts— This chapter offers a high-paced peek into just a few of the hilarious stunts involved in the making of this movie.
Chapter 5 – “There’s No Diamonds In Here” – The Editorial—Step into the edit bay with acclaimed comedy editor Steve Rasch (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) to learn about how some of the movie’s most memorable scenes came together.