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Getting dumber

Adult humor and extremely irritating actors. If these specifications fit your standards of a good movie, then you’re probably going to enjoy this——probably.

In retrospect, I’m not surprised that “Dumb and Dumber To”, the sequel to “Dumb and Dumber,” has received so many negative reviews. The opening scene to this movie utilizes a very ordinary clip of a camera panning across a cityscape from a panoramic view and immediately introduces the protagonists of the film, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey). Five minutes in and it still hasn’t grabbed my attention. By this point, I’m already “turned off”. The movie’s bizarre and disgusting humor of sexualizing humanlike objects or poking fun at immature subjects like feces was too elementary for me. These scenes were supposed to cause the audience to giggle. Sure this was a little silly, granted this is a comedy, but from a reviewer’s point of view, it’s most lacking in organic content and originality.

As the movie progresses, the plot becomes quite clear when Harry states that he was in need of a kidney transplant. His parents died when he was young and his next closest familial tie is his daughter Penny (Rachel Melvin). This spurs a huge odyssey for best friends Harry and Lloyd as they voyage across the United States from Maryland to Texas, where Penny is giving a speech at the annual innovative technology gathering, KEN Convention. Finding this trip as an opportunity, Lloyd pursues Penny and goes off on his intangible love escapade. He chases after Penny and even keeps a small photograph of her, but Lloyd ends up empty-handed. To no surprise, he forgets about their relationship the moment Harry and him crack yet another joke.

However, one thing that I do praise this sequel for is its attempt to weave a murder in the story’s plot. It provided the only interesting twist to this bland, boring movie. Penny’s stepmother, Adele (Laurie Holden) and her mistress are attempting to kill her own husband, Dr. Pinchelow. These two criminals tag along on this road trip, but their elaborate scheme is almost sabotaged by Harry and Lloyd. Frankly, it was quite amusing to see her frustrated expressions and hear her flustered tone when the men unintentionally caused ruckus to delay her plan.

Comparing the jokes and the storyline side by side, the humor didn’t quite compliment the movie’s basic plot. Humor is usually added onto the plot or script in order to advance the story forward and add a comic relief during times of a tense scene, but these weren’t the cases in “Dumb and Dumber To.” The film’s childish and explicit humor detracted from the overall storyline and made it harder for audience members to intently watch the movie screen.

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniel’s pointless hysterical laughter and over-exaggerated facial expressions just seemed too over-the- top. The manner of their speech sounded as if they relied too much on their silly accents rather than their skills as actors. In addition, their intonation sounded a bit awkward; it sounded as if they exhaled all of their air to produce a goofy voice.

This movie is definitely not worth the hype advertisers make it to be. The humor is unoriginal and somewhat outdated. A lot of the “funny” dialogue incorporated antique sayings from 2012 back until whenever. If you are dying to satisfy your comedy fix, I would watch with caution. This is not a movie that I would suggest to anyone.

By Jonathan Liu, Staff writer



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