Dumb and Dumber to DVD Review

DVD Review by Wal Reid
Dumb and Dumber to

The Premise
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To.  The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

The Review
How this got made defies belief, Harry & Lloyd ride again in this mediocre sequel akin to a date night with an inflatable doll that’s running out of puff. The kings of cool the Farrelly Brothers walk a fine line playing the sentimentality card, hoping to cash in by picking up where the 1994 hit comedy starring Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels left off

You’d probably get a worse reaction if say Magic Mike was made 20 years later, although the sexual innuendos and cringe moments (changing adult diapers or removing a catheter tug of war styles) wear thin after the first 30 minutes, it’s a grand smorgasbord of rehashed pubescent humour that had male members of the audience roaring with laughter, myself included

Now it’s not all doom & gloom, I have to give the film credit where credit is due, it does have a story (shock horror) & resurrected is the cool ‘mutt cutts’ dog van and Brady Bluhm reappears as Billy the blind kid, remember him as the kid stroking a dead bird thinking it's alive, well fast forward twenty years later and he’s a blind 30 something year old with an even bigger bird collection. Veteran actor Kathleen Turner shows up here unrecognisable as Harry’s ex-girlfriend and small screen pin up girl Rachel Melvin as Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption

The Verdict
It’s not as bad as it should be.  It’s definitely not a date night movie (inflatable partner or not) but if you and your ‘bro-crew’ want a movie with ‘guy’ gags then look no further, DD2 will tick all your boxes and more. Nothing is sacred or left unturned, and the film should be lauded as such, taken with a pinch of salt. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels carry the film, it would’ve been a lead duck without these two, I mean anyone who can repeatedly ring a door bell over again and be funny can’t be all bad, I mean, it is a sequel after all
3/5  

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 6th May 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence, offensive language, drug references & sexual references
Duration: 109 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, Paul Blackthorne, Rob Riggle
Director: Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself and Irene)

The Extras
No CGI was used for the full body paint on Rob Riggle to blend in with the hotel hallway. It took six hours to paint him and blend in accurately with the vending machine.

The Farrelly Brothers couldn't get in touch with Brady Bluhm to reprise his role as Billy. They eventually found him through Facebook and were able to get him for the sequel. Due to regulations, Bluhm had to audition for the Farrellys.

The Farrelly brothers revealed on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon that Jim Carrey was paid $7 million dollars for the original film (the highest paid actor for a comedy film) while Jeff Daniels was happy to be paid only $50,000 as he was just happy to appear back on a film no matter how low or high the salary.

This marks the first film since Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) where Jim Carrey reprises his character from a previous film.

The film was released 20 years after the original.

Jeff Daniels won his first Emmy award the night before production began on Dumb & Dumber To.

There's a brief scene after the credits which involves Seabass from the original Dumb and Dumber.