“That’s Butthole. I found him out in the alley.”
All the way back in the early to mid 90s, Dumb and Dumber was a bit of watershed moment. Jim Carrey had already done Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but he was still a The Mask away from being the biggest paid comedy star in Hollywood. And the Farrelly Brothers were still two movies away from making There’s Something About Mary, one of the highest grossing comedies ever. Dumb and Dumber kind of defined a brand of silly, gross comedy that would dominate the genre until a decade later when Judd Apatow would take over with his man-child, heartfelt gear. So now, 20 years later, is there still a place for silly, gross comedy? Well, Dumber and Dumber To definitely does its best to find out.
Harry (Jeff Daniels) visits Lloyd (Jim Carrey) in a mental hospital. He’s been in a catatonic, wheelchair bound state since the end of the last movie. Only, he hasn’t really been catatonic. It’s all been an elaborate prank. It’s a joke that worked when I saw the trailer months ago, and it’s a joke the works here. But they can’t bask in the glory of the prank forever, because Harry has some bad news. He’s sick and needs a replacement kidney from a blood relative. Visiting his Asian parents, Harry finally learns that he’s adopted. But he also learns that he has a daughter from a romance before the events of the first movie. (more…)