By Lexi Ashbrook
The comedy film release of Dumb and Dumber To, prequel to Dumb and Dumber, didn’t live up to expectations. This film, directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, was released in theaters November 14, 2014. The plot of the movie meanders; Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are on a quest to search for Dunne’s long-lost daughter. They are on a trip across the country to find her because Dunne’s in need of a kidney transplant. In the prequel, Dumb and Dumber, the two are on a journey to Aspen, Colorado, to return a briefcase to a woman Lloyd doesn’t even know.
Peter and Bobby Farrelly filled Dumb and Dumber To to the brim with pointless gags and puns, which mostly didn’t work. The actors tried too hard to make it funny. For example, Lloyd and Harry screamed at a blind guy in a wheelchair, and “mistook” Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner) for a man. Numerous other inappropriate and rude puns and gags were included in the movie.
As the plot thickened, the two dimwits attended a profound and intellectual science conference. At the conference, Dunne impersonated a well-known science professor who was Dunne’s daughter’s adoptive dad. During the conference, Dunne judged a junior science competition, which involved very annoying jokes towards the kids who found a cure to cancer with their projects. On the other side of the spectrum, Lloyd, throughout the entirety of the movie, was obsessed with “getting with” Dunne’s daughter. It was just annoying and the actors were trying too hard to keep the audience’s attention.
Overall, I would give the movie two stars. It did not live up to the prequel because of the vulgarity and inappropriateness. In today’s unforgiving society, the movie was easily ridiculed if the audience’s attention wasn’t met and kept. With that being said, I hope the Farrellys stop the embarrassment with Dumb and Dumber To and let Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas rise to their fame and be remembered as legacies from the first and original Dumb and Dumber.