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Dumb and Dumberer (PG-13)
New Line Cinema
Official Site
Director: Troy Miller
Producers: Oren Koules, Brad Krevoy, Troy Miller, Charles B. Wessler
Screenwriters: Robert Brenner, Troy Miller
Cast: Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Eugene Levy, Rachel Nichols, Luis Guzmán, Mimi Rogers

Rating: out of 5


Filmgoers everywhere, the industry needs you! Only you can prevent Hollywood from making a Dumb And Dumberest or whatever any other movie in this franchise might be called. Forget violent films and video games. It is crap like this that threatens the very fiber of America. Hollywood has been filling theaters with this type of nonsense more than usual of late and it must be stopped or soon no movie will be safe from corruption. What can you do to help? Write your Congressman, take to the streets in protest, and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! If you must know why, read on.

The idea for the original movie, two stupid guys and their zany adventures, was pretty thin, but it did make money so nine years later Hollywood mines it for a sequel. The things that made the original, well… better, were the creative talents of the Farrelly Brothers and of course the star, Jim Carrey. None of those people are attached to this production, leaving us with a bunch of unknown actors who sort of physically resemble the original stars, and a TV show producer/director. None of the behind-the-scenes people would know funny if it came and bit them in the face. So instead of funny they have lots of jokes about various bodily functions. These jokes only work when done in moderation and it helps to be Mike Myers. Mostly Dumb And Dumberer rehashes many of the gags of the original. And since nobody can come up with their own material, it’s often necessary to give the few jokes far too much screen time. Even then there was not enough material to give the movie a 90-minute running time, forcing director Troy Miller to include needless montage sequences.

Not much going on by way of story. Our two protagonists Lloyd (Olsen) and Harry (Richardson) are young, dumb high school students who discover that Principal Collins (Levy) has created their “special needs” class for the sole purpose of scamming the school out of $100,000. There is some kind of subplot involving the boys’ shared attraction for über-hottie school reporter Jessica (Nichols), but I suspect she’s present to divide the boys with jealousy, thus drawing a parallel to the first movie. The adventures and experiences shared by the two protagonists aren’t zany in any way. They’re just plain dumb.

The two leads do reasonably well imitating the two stars of the previous movie. Lloyd and Harry aren’t too hard to copy, being over-the-top caricatures in the first place. Rachel Nichols, as befits a former Guess model, is totally gorgeous, but incapable of being anything more than eye candy. Then there is Eugene Levy. What the hell is he doing here? He and director Troy Miller worked together on the short-lived “Greg the Bunny” TV show, and everyone has bills to pay so there he is. The rest of the cast members are instantly forgettable foils for Lloyd and Harry’s antics.

Perhaps the filmmakers thought that setting the film in the 1980s would keep the audience from knowing how stale all the gags are. Perhaps someone somewhere really thought this drivel was funny. Who knows? I do know it is my duty as a film reviewer to tell you that this movie has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Medical studies have shown that watching this movie has negative side effects comparable with shoving crayons up your nose. (Editor’s note: This is really just hypothesis on the part of the writer). To get a feel on how bad this movie is, imagine a guest at your house has chosen to smear the bathroom with excrement. No matter how hard someone might try to convince you otherwise, this sort of thing just isn’t funny, and neither is this movie.

—Woodrow Bogucki

 

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