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Dumb and Dumber 2

Plot Overview

Since we last saw them in 1994, “Dumb and Dumber,” (“Almost 2 decades [ago]”) Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) have grown in their loving friend­ship for each other. When Lloyd learns of Harry's medical need (“I need a kidney trans­plant”), he deduces his “best hope for a trans­plant is with a blood relative,” i.e. his parents. His folks give him some good news (in the “mail piling up for many years”) and some bad news (“You adopted.”) The good news is the old news from a complaining female Fraida Felcher (Kath­leen Turner) who wrote that she was pregnant, meaning now “You have a grown kid with grown kidneys.” The bad news is the new news that the kid broke off contact with her birth mom. The good news, which is the same old same old, is the kid is gorgeous in her picture, motivating Lloyd to redouble their efforts (“You're hot for my daughter!”) to track down Penny (Rachel Melvin) to a KEN Conference in El Paso where the top minds of the nation will be gathering. If our duo can escape the trained assassin out to do them in for the inheritance, they could just move the conference to a whole new intellectual level.


The title “Dumb and Dumber To” ends without an object of the preposition To. We might our­selves supply the obvious, Dumb and Dumber To Dumbest, but then we're in jeopardy of supplying the added stupidity, too. Since the plot involves our pair delivering to the conference “a gift to all humanity,” perhaps this movie is itself a gift of laughter at society's foibles. The last word of the title is also a kind of pun called a homo­phone—having similar sounds—of its alternate title “Dumb and Dumber 2.”

On the theory the movie is somehow laughing at us, we might consider the 2012 Supreme Court appointment of Sonia Sotomayor who'd raised a point in a speech she'd made saying she hoped that a wise Latina woman for her wealth of experience could produce a better result than would a white male lacking said experience. She has set her­self up as a target for such a movie mocking stupidity if the Court did any­thing really stupid since then. You might be most personally influenced by this judge who in an earlier decision mandated that Internet user agreements must be read and agreed to before one can sign up for any­thing, which agreements are too long and obtuse for any­body to actually read them, so we just pretend we do.

A classic homophone, from the book Get Thee to a Punnery, is in the story of a Chinese couple Mr & Mrs Wong who were about to have a baby. When Mrs Wong delivered a Caucasian, Mr Wong remarked, “Two Wongs don't make a White.” In the case of adoption, parents generally pretend they are the real birth parents until their adopted kid is old enough to be told. In “Dumber To” Penny, aka “Dumbalina,” was adopted by a Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr Pinchelow (Steve Tom) and his conniving jezebel wife Adele (Laurie Holden). Penny was too dumb to spot the mis­match. Harry was even dumber having been adopted by parents of a different race, not to realize that 2 "Wongs" couldn't make him White. But the dumbest of all is our Supreme Court having started to get its feet wet in same-sex marriage expanded the class of hetero­sexual couples too old to expect to ever have a baby, to hence­forth include homo couples as candidates for marriage. Some kid who doesn't realize that 2 daddies or 2 mommies couldn't have made him is dumbest of all.

This parallel carries through only too well. Our current political theory is that some homo­sexual couples really love each other, so marriage just gives them another avenue to express that love with the community's respect. I must say that Harry and Lloyd really love each other in this movie. When they got to thinking about it, they realized that both of them had hooked up with Fraida in the time frame to produce the kid, so there was some question who was really the father. Unfortunately, neither had the smarts to know how to "do it" with Fraida, so they couldn't be the father for lack of mental equip­ment, even though she was nick­named “the titanic whore” for her proclivity. Marriage is the most fecund institution known to man, and a pair of men (or pair of women) entering it is not going to produce a child no matter how much they love each other, for lack of appropriate equipment.

The movie reaches kind of a climax when Harry gets to “judge the young inventors competition.” He didn't like the invention that cured cancer. He found fault with the one that solved world hunger. What he really liked, though, (until the officials shut it down) was the device that could display on a monitor what a person is thinking. With electrodes attached to his head, he was told to think of a pleasant memory from his youth. The snickering audience got to watch him start an episode of bestiality.

Just as incest is on the prohibition list, Lev. 20:11, as well as bestiality, Lev. 20:15, homo­sexuality is sand­wiched right in between them, (Lev. 20:13) “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” Our society has been treating same-sex marriage as the greatest invention since sliced bread, but in reality it just exposes couples committing abomination.

Einstein At the KEN Conference is prominently displayed a well known picture of Einstein sticking out his tongue at the photog­rapher. It beams right at us as if the (Dumber 2) movie from its superior intelligence is mocking the (movie) audience. But it's all in good humor.

Production Values

“Dumb and Dumber To” (2014) was directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. Writing credit goes to Sean Anders (screenplay), Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, John Morris (screenplay) and Bennett Yellin. It stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, and Rob Riggle. The 2 main leads are in top form, and every­one performed well, though not necessarily in his customary type. Carrey didn't even look like he'd aged since the first one. The jokes seemed redundantly familiar from the first Dumber, but they were still shocking and funny. It seemed to be a little on the raunchy side; once they started they couldn't hold back. It's rated PG–13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references. It really pushes the envelope, too. The music was okay, but they could have done better with it. During the end credits are shown clips from this movie and from the original “Dumb and Dumber.”

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

I liked “Dumb and Dumber To” having laughed in spite of myself, but I'm easy to please. Some people might just think it's dumb. If you've seen the first one, you can use that as a gauge how you might like it. As for the birds & the bees lesson (“What's your definition of having sex?”), that was whispered, so you'll have to seek enlightenment elsewhere.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall product rating: Four stars out of five.