Dumb and Dumberer
Now that I have just forsaken 82 minutes by a viewing of Dumb and Dumberer, I can say that not only was I wrong about sequels, I want them to make more. Please have movies that while they begin promisingly (in the first shot, the camera is moving out of Mimi Rogers’ vagina while she gives birth) have jokes like the second one in this movie, where the doctor has to deal with a difficult baby, who bites him. No one thought to mention that newborns don’t have teeth? Please Hollywood, make more movies like this, where despite being set in 1986, you have characters dancing to Ice, Ice, Baby during the credits.
Dumb and Dumberer doesn’t even get being dumb right. The first film was at least consistent, every single thing that either Harry or Lloyd did or said was completely inane and idiotic. In the sequel the characters are stupid when it suits the joke and then suddenly have a witty turn of phrase. They’re not actually funny, but they know an awful lot of words that morons wouldn’t know how to spell, let alone use properly. There’s 1 funny line in the whole movie, said by Mr. Show alum Jill Talley, and I’m not sure it was on purpose. Harry and Lloyd steal a stuffed polar bear from the museum and the next day, Talley is at the museum with her daughter, who asks of mom, “Where did the daddy polar bear go?” Talley responds with, “He was killed by a hunter, just like your father.”
The ending makes no sense on so many levels, and not just because the movie is stupid. The plot has to do with Eugene Levy as the principal of Harry and Lloyd’s school, learning of a way to swindle a lot of money out of a group that supports Special Needs Classes. So Levy creates this small class to pretend to have facilities for the less than bright. But at the end it turns out that the group he was trying to steal from, was actually fake, and was just made up of undercover police officers pretending to be retarded. So are we supposed to think that they created this group with the hopes that a principal somewhere would find their brochure, devise a plan and try to take advantage, so they could find a reason to bust him? I realized I just thought about this movie more than the screenwriters did.