Dumb and Dumber is one of the funniest movies ever. After all, it teamed up the comic genius of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, as well as the writing talent of the Farrelly brothers. Unfortunately, the prequel does not have Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels or the Farrelly brothers in any way, shape or form.
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd is one of the dumbest movies to ever grace the big screen, and in this case it is not a compliment. The original was clever-dumb; this one is just dumb. This movie does not have a shred of what made the original so classic, and lacks so much in fact that it is amazing that studio executives even greenlighted the project.
The problems are numerous, but can be attributed to a few, main factors: 1) The two main actors, Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson, who play the roles played by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the original, respectively, look fairly similar to their older counterparts, but there is one big difference: They are not Jim Carrey or Jeff Daniels. Carrey and Daniels helped make the film, and these two younger actors, no matter how hard they try, cannot even compare. It also doesn't help that the screenplay fails to even come close to making the characters seem anything like those in the original.
2) The screenplay sucks. Where the original had plenty of clever jokes (yes, the characters were dumb, but the jokes were clever), this movie has absolutely nothing. The few laughs that derive from this movie are completely unintentional or accidental, and the rest is just plain boring. Lloyd and Harry go around acting like idiots, but writer Robert Brener seemingly thought that that would be enough. Oh what a said day it was when Brener handed the screenplay to the studio and they somehow approved it...
3) Actually, this third point is meant to do nothing more but reiterate just how horribly idiotic this movie is. What is a comedy sequel (or prequel) that has a terrible script and neither of the two actors that made the original so good? Well, it seems as though that combination leads to Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, a movie that offers the question: Who is "dumber"; the characters in the movie, or the studio executive that actually thought this movie would make any money? The answer seems clear to me.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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