Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), movie review.
Whenever somebody asks me what my favorite movie is, I always reply with either Dumb and Dumber, or the Fellowship of the Ring. I’ve seen Dumb and Dumber so many times, that I could probably repeat back the whole movie–not line for line but I’d do my best.
Despite my love of the movie I never felt compelled to watch Dumb and Dumberer, the prequel that came out nearly a decade later. But a couple of months ago the movie (packed in with the first) was literally dropped down on the table in front of me. Ever since then I’ve been dreading the day, which I knew was inevitable, that I’d end up watching it. That day has come to pass… And I wasn’t in the wrong dreading the movie.
Dumb and Dumberer follows Harry Dunne (Derek Richardson) and Lloyd Christmas (Eric Christian Olsen) during their high school years. Harry is a sheltered home schooler, his first year in school; Lloyd is the janitor’s son and has spent his whole life living in school. When the two meet they become fast friends as Lloyd shows Harry what schools all about.
Also starring are Eugene Levy and Cheri Oteri who play the schools principal and lunch-lady respectively. The two are scheming lovers on a quest to become rich so they can move somewhere exotic. Within minutes of us seeing them the two have a new scheme which involves throwing together a special needs class and keeping the government funding for themselves.
Without the same writing talents as the original the movies humor feel much more juvenile and offensive. Yes, the first movie had its fair share of juvenile humor, but more often than not the jokes were clever enough to make it excusable. But many “jokes” in Dumb and Dumberer were just poop jokes, watching the two spit up food, or were just immature sex jokes. And to make it worse, the majority of these jokes fall even flatter due to the acting. None of the acting is good and the two main actors are defiantly not the exceptions. In Dumb and Dumber Harry and Lloyd weren’t the smartest guys around but they were endearing. But in Dumb and Dumberer the new actors come across as annoying jerks. And their portrayal of special needs kids is often offensive.
Dumb and Dumberer falls into the trap of chasing in the original, but at the same time it tries to emulate movies like American Pie and its sequels–I’m surprised Eugene Levy didn’t just reprise his roles from American Pie, and they even used at least one of the same songs from it. It repeats jokes and scenes from the original whenever given a chance. But in trying to do both jobs it fails to create an entertaining identity.
I expected to get a handful of cheap, childish laughs out of the movie, but to tell you the truth I only laughed or even grinned two or three times. The movie was beyond the point of “its so bad its funny,” it was just plain bad. If, like me, you love the original Dumb and Dumber and haven’t seen the this one, just try to forget that it exists. If you haven’t seen the original see above. And if you did see it or plan on it (don’t), then I suggest that you try your best to forget that there was a second movie.
Perhaps the only redeeming factor of the movie is that it had Eye of the Tiger and Ice Ice Baby in its soundtrack.
Eugene Levy isn’t terrible, and maybe if I’d seen more things with Cheri Oteri in them I could be a judge of her acting, but every one else is pretty horrendous.
Add equal parts gross and offensive, then mix in some bad jokes.
Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Cheri Oteri, and Eugene Levy.
Posted on September 26, 2011, in 2003, Movie, Review and tagged Cheri Oteri, Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumber, Dumb and Dumberer, Eric Christian Oslen, Eugene Levy, Troy Miller. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.