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Critic’s corner: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

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    Growing up, “Dumb and Dumber” was one of my favorite movies. It is the story of two lovable idiots who trek all the way to Aspen, CO to return a suitcase to a woman Lloyd just can’t live without. He once took her for a quick ride to the airport in his limousine, and he still longs for her. Along the way, they encounter several dangers, make complete fools of themselves and have their friendship tested over the desired lady.

    After 20 long years, the dumb-witted heroes Lloyd and Harry (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) have clumsily made their way back to the big screen for “Dumb and Dumber To.”

    Very similar to the first movie, this film depicts friendship, greed and hopeless love interests. The original movie ends with Lloyd discovering that the girl he loves is actually married and his one-in-a-million chance of being with her just doesn’t pan out. As “Dumb and Dumber To” begins, we see that Lloyd was so heart-broken over the situation that he just completely shut down and spent the last two decades in a wheelchair having his good buddy Harry take care of him with frequent visits and diaper changes.

    But don’t worry, the sequel is not simply an expansion of the original movie’s plot. It turns out that Lloyd’s unresponsive state was all an elaborate prank. He was faking it the whole time—talk about commitment!

    He finally decides to give up on the charade when Harry reveals that he can no longer visit because he is in need of a new kidney. This sets the duo off on their next epic adventure: the quest for a kidney.

    After sadly realizing that his adoptive parents wouldn’t be a blood match for a donor, Harry learns from an old postcard that he may have a grown child somewhere out in the world and promptly makes it his mission to go out and find her. His loyal buddy Lloyd comes along with the hopes of making a good impression on Harry’s daughter, as her picture alone is enough to make him fall in love.

    As the story progresses, there are several references to the original film, such as appearances by the poor blind kid with the bird, Harry’s worm farm and the iconic dog van that Lloyd had to trade straight up for a scooter.

    In search for Harry’s daughter, the fools continue to put themselves in incredibly dangerous situations. They once again accidentally become tangled up in a criminal’s pursuit for money.

    Just like last time, a goon (Rob Riggle) sets his sights on killing the lovable idiots, but their stupidity—and a little bit of luck—keeps them alive. Looks like it is true what they say: ignorance is bliss.

    The journey concludes with Harry and Lloyd at a conference for the most brilliant minds in the world, where Harry’s supposed daughter is giving a speech. The duo’s friendship is once again tested when Harry tells Lloyd that he thinks his daughter can do better than him, but ultimately the two reconcile and their loyal friendship remains intact.

    Like most people going to see “Dumb and Dumber To,” my expectations for this movie were not great. Usually sequels just don’t live up to the originals. And, when it comes to a comedy full of dumb jokes and the most annoying sounds in the world, it doesn’t seem like expectations would be high. But I must say the film did exceed my low expectations. The humor is certainly immature, but it is entertaining nonetheless. And the plot twists are just fantastic. Just wait until you see how it ends.

    Harrison can be reached at [email protected]

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