'Dumb and Dumber To'

November 13, 2014 7:00 PM

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'Dumb and Dumber To'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The experience of sitting through "Dumb and Dumber To," which reunites stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels with directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly 20 years after their maiden voyage to the lower depths of imbecility, is something like watching an aging MLB slugger wind down his career in the minor leagues. The stakes are far lower, he's slow off the blocks, his joints are creaky, and his batting average is a pale shadow of what it once was, but the swing and the stance still look the same, and you can't accuse him of not suiting up. Sporadically very funny, mostly very tedious, and sometimes truly vile, this 18-years-too-late sequel nonetheless exhibits a certain puerile purity of purpose, and should accrue healthy profits playing to the nostalgia of the dumb and the dumb at heart.

At the risk of applying rose-colored glasses to reconsider a film that aspired to be nothing more than a lobotomized Three Stooges routine, the original "Dumb and Dumber" possessed a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguished it from its fellow bottom-feeders. Featuring Carrey at the height of his r...

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