DUMB AND DUMBERER: When Harry Met Lloyd directed by Troy Miller, written by Miller and Robert Brener, produced by Miller and Oren Koules, with Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Rachel Nichols, Cheri Oteri, Luis Guzmán and Eugene Levy. 88 minutes. Opens Friday (June 13). For venues and times, see First-Run Movies, page 76. Rating: N Rating: N
this is a zombie of a movie, the creepily reanimated corpse of a once-likeable film with its soul sucked out and replaced by something really bad. It's the prequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey vehicle of (almost) the same name, made by people who didn't get what was so funny about the first one.Dumb And Dumber was funny because it was a comedy in the old-fashioned sense, with hapless misfits winning the audience's sympathy and finding their niche. It was funny because its gutter-minded gross-out scenes were shameless and exuberantly inventive. Oh, yeah, and it was funny because it had Jim Carrey.
Dumb And Dumberer, on the other hand, has a lead actor who looks a bit like Carrey, an unappetizing selection of warmed-over jokes stolen outright from Jackass and Zoolander, and a mean-spirited schoolyard mentality that boils down to "Hey, check out the retards" and expects you to go, "Yeah, hyuk."
The story takes us back to the heroes' high school days, when they unwittingly assist the corrupt principal (Eugene Levy, who shouldn't have to do this sort of thing) in a scam to - get this - secure private funding for a special needs class.
The principal's planning on scooping the money to buy a condo with his girlfriend the lunch lady, but as the plot unfolds the equation becomes obvious: "special needs" (read dumbasses) plus scam artists equals laffs. Throw in some strained yuks about a curvy Chinese exchange student named (uh-huh) Ching Chong and Luis Guzmán as the poor (funny, eh?) Hispanic janitor and you get the idea.
What's wrong with this picture? Just about everything.