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
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.