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Some will find 'Dumb and Dumber To' is just dumb

Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To: Juvenille jokes - yes.  Slapstick comedy - yes.  New and inventive - no. 

Harry (Jeff Daniels) needs a kidney, but without a biological match he has little hope of survival. A 20-year-old postcard reveals that he has a daughter who he has never met. Lloyd (Jim Carrey) decides she could be a perfect match and the two set out on a road trip to find her. Ironically, the daughter was raised by a Nobel prize-winning physicist. 

Daniels and Carrey have not lost their energy, endearing naiveté, or endurance for physical humor since the original film was released in 1994.  Fans of the original film will appreciate the return of the Mutts Cutts van, the Zamboni, blind Billy, and Fraida Felcher. 

However, if you were a fan who waited 20 years for this sequel, you may be disappointed.  The Farrelly brothers did not provide a significant contemporary spin on the jokes to make them vibrant or rekindle the innocent buffoonery that made Lloyd and Harry loveable 20 years ago.  A cameo by Bill Murray as Harry's roommate goes unnoticed and the versatile comedian Rob Riggle is wasted. 

While there are fun twists and surprises that were laughable, those who can do without humor that involves bodily fluids or gases may find that the film is ridiculously trite and boring.  The film may give audiences a few hard laughs but it was certainly not worth the wait.

I give this film 2 dumb Miners.

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