Exactly two decades after ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back as cinema’s most improbably tolerable pair of morons in a sequel that looks like a cash-grab but works like a time machine. It may not be quite as funny as the first one, but it is definitely the funniest thing the Farrelly brothers have made since.
The plot knowingly mimics the original, but it does so more out of fidelity than laziness: Harry (Daniels), in dire need of a new kidney, learns that he fathered a daughter in 1991. The mother (Kathleen Turner) reveals that the baby was adopted by one of the country’s most brilliant men. Faster than you can make the most annoying sound in the world, Harry and Lloyd (Carrey) are road-tripping to meet the girl at a science conference in El Paso, leaving all sorts of carnage in their wake.
Between Harry forcibly removing Lloyd’s colostomy bag (it’s a long story) and the year’s best death scene, the Farrelly brothers have a unique genius for engineering gags that are either a little dumber than you expect, or a lot dumber than you can believe. Every giggle is accompanied by a deep sense of shame – you won’t want to laugh when the cat tries meth, but you will.