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The original Dumb and Dumber was downright hilarious with more than enough moments to make you choke on your popcorn. And now twenty years on, Harry and Lloyd are returning to the big screen and attempting to do it all over again. The style of comedy that is provided here is slapstick meets gross out with more one liners than you’ll find in your average joke book. If that’s not your thing (and if you had a dislike for the original) then Dumb and Dumber To will make you hate the world and punch yourself in the head countless times. However, if you like the idea of a cat farting feathers, adult diaper changing and not to mention trucks and grandmothers getting fingered, then you’ll probably love this. Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) find themselves going on a roadtrip to meet Harry’s newly discovered daughter (who knew, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Back in September 2013, Dumb and Dumber fans worldwide were given a reason to be cheerful when the first picture of Harry and Lloyd together again emerged online. After years of rumours and false starts, official confirmation that the Farrelly brothers had called action on their unlikely sequel a full two decades after wrapping the original was a welcome surprise.
As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.
Dumb and Dumber To made its bow in a number of territories over the last month and opens in UK cinemas this week. A decent $127 million-and-counting thus far doesn’t disguise the fact that the movie has received a critical beatdown, as evidenced by a 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience reaction hasn’t been quite so damning, but it’s clear enough that Carrey, Daniels and the Farrellys weren’t able to recapture the magic that made Dumb and Dumber a thoroughly guilty pleasure. »
- Jonathan Cordiner
"I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog."
As Jim Carrey told Digital Spy in our recent chat, it was a chance viewing of his 1994 comedy hit Dumb and Dumber on television that lured him back to that iconic bowl cut for the new sequel. But as Harry and Lloyd spread the gospel of dumb to a new generation, just how well does the original movie hold up twenty years on?
The memory can cheat. As time passes, idealisation and nostalgia can mask the truth – whether that be worshipping a movie from your childhood that would induce a cringing fit if you saw it today. Yet despite a soundtrack that includes Apache Indian and the Crash Test Dummies, Dumb and Dumber has a timeless quality. Its goofy brilliance transcends any notion that it's a relic best left in the '90s alongside Tamagotchis and the Macarena.
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly; Screenwriters: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, John Morris, Bennett Yellin; Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin; Running time: 109 mins; Certificate: 15
Perhaps it's no surprise that this should be the dumbest comedy to come out of Hollywood in years. That's the point, you might say. But there's dumb, and then there is depressingly dumb. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were loveable idiots when they first played Lloyd and Harry in 1994, but now they're older, none the wiser and needlessly abrasive, which takes the fun out of their stupid antics.
It's as if the Farrelly brothers are overcompensating; sharpening the daggers just a tad too vigorously to reclaim their place on the cutting edge of comedy, and yet this still feels dated two decades after the first Dumb and Dumber had audiences doubled over - not sure whether to »
Dumb and Dumber To, 2014
Directed by The Farrelly Brothers
20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.
Fans of Dumb and Dumber have been clamouring for a sequel for a long time. The original is thought to be not just one of the funniest comedies of the decade, but possibly of all-time. It was a box office smash and came out at a time when anything Jim Carrey touched turned to gold, but those times have changed. Carrey hasn’t released a decent comedy since Bruce Almighty and his co-star Jeff Daniels has moved on to serious dramas and impressive performances in TV shows like The Newsroom. Twenty years is a long time.
In short, Dumb and Dumber To is embarrassing. »
- Luke Owen
I think some critics have rather underestimated Jim Carrey, and his very skilled approach to outwardly silly schtick. Not only has he made a lot of films with interesting themes and subtexts, Carrey also works hard to give even his stupidest dumbest characters the right comic attitudes, bringing them to life with deliberate effect.
Carrey has rarely returned to the same role, but it seemed inevitable that Lloyd Christmas would come back again, one day. But why now? What needed to be done to get Dumb And Dumber To right? And what does Carrey think all this messing around is actually about, anyway?
We had a little chat last month, about those ideas and more.
Comedy is subjective.
It sure is.
So who is in your mind? Who are you targeting this at? »
Exclusive: After November’s Dumb And Dumber To scored $128 million worldwide (and counting), it’s a no-brainer that Red Granite would want to stay in the Jim Carrey business. I hear the finance and production shingle led by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland has snapped up comedy pitch Deep Cover from writer Johnny Rosenthal. If deal sticks it’ll be a starring vehicle for Carrey, continuing his successful relationship with Red Granite, while Carrey would also produce alongside Michael Aguilar for their Some Kind Of Garden banner.
Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.
- Jen Yamato
They're back. Two decades after Dumb and Dumber won over the masses with its endearing hilarity and pole-licking antics, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have reunited as the good-hearted duo Lloyd and Harry. For their new outing, they set off in search of the elusive Fanny Felcher - a young lady who Lloyd believes is his daughter and Harry is convinced is his future wife.
We caught up with Carrey and Daniels, alongside co-writer/director Peter Farrelly, to discuss how the reunion came about and how easy it was to return to these characters. But it wasn't long before the conversation descended into felching, 'snerd nurgling' and the risqué naming conventions in Carry On movies...
Dumb and Dumber To is out in the UK this Friday (December 19). »
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
I would venture a guess that a handful of longish-shot Oscar hopefuls — among them Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Ralph Fiennes, Two Days, One Night’s Marion Cotillard, Inherent Vice’s Josh Brolin and Snowpiercer’s Tilda Swinton — could have quoted Dumb and Dumber’s Jim Carrey on Monday morning when the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its nominees for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
That’s because the Bfca smiled upon each of these individuals with major nominations, whereas few, if any, other major organizations have done the same.
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- Anjelica Oswald
I would venture a guess that a handful of longish-shot Oscar hopefuls — among them Unbroken's Angelina Jolie, Gone Girl's David Fincher, The Grand Budapest Hotel's Ralph Fiennes, Two Days, One Night's Marion Cotillard, Inherent Vice's Josh Brolin and Snowpiercer's Tilda Swinton — quoted Dumb and Dumber's Jim Carrey on Monday morning when the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its nominees for the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "So you're telling me there's a chance!" That's because the Bfca smiled upon each of these individuals with major nominations, whereas few, if any, other major organizations have done the
- Scott Feinberg
Running Time: 109 minutes
Synopsis: Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) go on a road trip to find Harry’s long lost daughter, hoping she will also donate Harry a kidney.
20 years they’ve made us wait and in that time we’ve endured the afterbirth of many a Jim Carrey project from the 1990s in the form of a mediocre TV show and a terrible follow-up with no involvement from Carrey. However, now it seems as though Carrey has decided to put his sequel shunning aside and return to one of his most popular characters along with Jeff Daniels, who has really pushed his critical acclaim to the limits by gracing us with The Newsroom.
Dumb And Dumber is one of those films that seems to get better with age. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jules: “You know what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”
1994. The year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were born – luckily the world was not ready yet for those two (was it ever ready?) and instead, we had actual art like Pulp Fiction to lift us from the grave, like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol.2. Interestingly, much like The Bride Pulp Fiction had to fight through the suffocating dirt that went with making an independent film in the 90s. Before we delve further in to the humble beginnings of the iconic film, 1994 was the year Dumb And Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Interview With The Vampire and Natural Born Killers were released. Not a bad year for film you could say, certainly for a young kid growing up then. I must admit, I wasn’t totally aware of Pulp Fiction at that time, but »
- Louise Tooth
Empire of the Sun have shared a new song online.
'Wandering Star' features on the score to the movie Dumb and Dumber To.
Meanwhile, Empire of the Sun are currently working on their third album Every Ocean Tells a Story.
Their last record Ice on the Dune was released in 2013, reaching number 24 in the UK.
Dumb and Dumber To opens in the UK on December 19.
Watch the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To below: »
From The Hobbit to the eagerly-awaited return of Harry and Lloyd, the final month of 2014 is an eclectic mix of comedy, big-scale blockbusters and an Oscar bait directed by none other than Angelina Jolie.
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for December below...
1. St Vincent
Release date: December 5
Why you should see it: Everybody loves Bill Murray. Whenever he has a new film out you'll find us first in line, so his latest offering St Vincent - tipped to bag him an Oscar nomination - is right at the top of our must-see list. Murray plays a hard-drinking war veteran who finds a new lease of life when he befriends the young boy who lives next door.
Release date: December 12
Why you should see it: Peter Jackson brings the curtain down on his epic saga with the final instalment of The Hobbit. »
Every once in a while a film comes along which completely changes your mind on a certain actor, whether it be for positive or negative reasons. Either their performance was astounding, proving their ability to morph seamlessly into their role, or was so disappointing you’d rather not talk about it. Jim Carrey, known for his slapstick humour and numerous comedy stints in films such as Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and Dumb And Dumber, features as the shy, retiring Joel Barish in the 2004 science fiction drama Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and, boy, did he exceed my expectations tenfold.
I remember exactly where I was when I was introduced to Eternal Sunshine – a media studies lesson at the end of term, circa 2008. It had previously been shown on Channel 4, but its concept and narrative chronology was too much for me to handle on a Sunday evening, so I changed the channel. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” debuted at No. 1 with an estimated spend of $7.6 million that bought 843 national airings across 47 networks, led by MTV and Esquire.
Both “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Penguins of Madagascar” rose up a position. “Exodus” increased its spend from $4.2 million to $5.9 million to take the second place slot, with 553 ads airing across 43 networks. “Penguins” rose to third with a $5 million spend across 39 networks. Meanwhile, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” fell to fourth with $4.6 million spent across 35 networks, down from the $6.7 million outlay of the prior week.
“The Theory of Everything” made its first appearance in the top five in fifth place, with an estimated spend of $3.5 million for 925 airings across 31 networks, knocking the comedy sequels “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Horrible Bosses 2″ off the list completely. »
Peter and Bobby Farrelly defined a new kind of big screen comedy in the '90s. Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin: The utterly unique Farrelly blend of lighthearted goofery and gross-out shenanigans created some of the great kitchen-sink comedies of the era. A few days before the siblings released their hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, the Farrelly Brothers talked about their career and their process. It's all part of Lightbulb, EW's new series that features today's leading creators talking about their work and their inspiration. »
- Darren Franich
Not even two dodgy sequels and 21 years passing can erase the magic of the very first time you watched Jurassic Park.
The Steven Spielberg dino adventure brought gasps from audiences - young and old - when it premiered around the world in 1993. Even today, a couple of seconds of that classic score can give you tingles and take you back to first time you saw The Park.
Like all great films, everything felt and looked like it slotted together perfectly. But that wasn't necessarily the case, as there were plenty of other big-name stars who so very nearly got the lead roles.
If it wasn't already greedy enough that Harrison Ford had landed himself awesome cool roles in two of the biggest movie franchises of all time - Star Wars and Indiana Jones - he could have almost have added a third dino-sized »
While it may be strange to think that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 failed to live up to the financial openings of the previous two films, it did not stop it from being the biggest box office opening weekend of 2014. At an estimated $123 million, it trounced the big four Marvel entries of the year, the reboot of Godzilla, and even Transformers: Age of Extinction, though it has yet to release budget numbers for reasons unknown. With numbers like that, it is well on its way to being the highest grosser of the year, if its numbers hold (even if it is getting slightly less critical praise than the previous entries).
Comparatively, the rest of the competition could barely tread water, despite not doing all that poorly compared to the previous week. Big Hero 6 (estimated $20.1 million) came back against Dumb and Dumber To (which fell to fourth with an »
- Seth Paul
Bart: Critics don’t like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along with the crowd. I made it a point to see Birdman with a paid civilian audience and it was like screening it in a mausoleum. No laughs, just occasional grunts and lots of walkouts. Some reviews predicted Birdman “will captivate arthouse and multiplex crowds alike and send awards pundits into orbit” (the Variety review). Well that ain’t happening with the audiences; we’ll see about the awards. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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