The Farrelly brothers are masters of the subgenre of comedy that I like to refer to as "Is He Gonna Poo? Oh, He Pooed! He Did the Poo!" with Dumb and Dumber being the best example of it. A decent number of its most famous gags are based on the suspense built around whether or not a character is going to continue peeing, or drink said pee, or continue pooping, or eat the burger with the spit in it. The most memorable jokes in There's Something About Mary are centered around c*m-in-the-hair and testicular laceration. And Me, Myself & Irene is Jim Carrey's Breast Feeding & Lawn Shitting Greatest Hits Collection. Writing that last sentence gave me the same feeling as telling one of my friend's wives about all the crazy, stupid stuff he did in college. It was hilarious back in the day, but damn, man. Why? And, more importantly, WHY?
Dumb and Dumber To isn't the worst thing that's ever happened, even when looking into the Farrelly's own catalog, which includes a remake of The Heartbreak Kid, a movie that I took a date to in 2007. If I had to review that movie, I would use the thing that my date told me in the middle of the film, which was, and I quote, "UGGHHHH, be over." But even at its best, Dumb and Dumber To is like any Eminem album recorded after 2002, or any Steven Seagal film made after Seagal worked himself into an egg shape. It's got a weird energy to it, but its best days are behind it. The Farrelly brothers haven't been able to adapt their comedic sensibilities to the period after 2001, and it keeps them stalled out in perpetual "Is He Gonna Poo?" territory.
To explain Dumb and Dumber To at its worst, let me present to you an extended, movie-related metaphor. At the end of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, in which three pets travel hundreds of miles to find their family, imagine if, while the young boy was hugging the old golden retriever, the dog slowly began to crumble before his eyes. The golden retriever could still seemingly bark like it used to, but the skin was unraveling and the bones were shattering. Everything the dog was doing were tricks that the boy had watched it perform triumphantly before, but as it did those same tricks over and over again, it decayed until the boy was left with nothing but horror. That's what watching Dumb and Dumber To is like in its darkest moments: a giant homecoming that bleeds and deteriorates until you become sick of it. It's a nostalgia cash-grab meant to hide the fact that the joke was already legally dead by the credits of the first movie.
And The Heartbreak Kid remake is still worse.
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