Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

  • Review Date: November 10, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003

Common Sense Media says

Not expected to be great, but still disappoints.
  • Review Date: November 10, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mentally handicapped students are mocked, some stereotyping of an exchange student. Crude sex-related humor.


Comic peril.


Double entendres, many sexual references.


Some strong language, repeated use of the s-word.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, in addition to being dumberest, this movie has strong language and raunchy double entendres that 14-year-olds will probably find hilarious. A melted chocolate bar turns into an extended graphic excrement joke that is repeated later with mud. There is some stereotyping about a foreign exchange student, though she turns the tables on those who make assumptions about her.

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Kids say

What's the story?

DUMB AND DUMBERER: WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD takes place in the '80s, when Harry and Lloyd were in high school.

Is it any good?


This movie tweaks the 80s as a kind of dumb and dumberer decade, with 80's relics like acid washed jeans, Vanilla Ice, Devo, and Bob Saget (whose part consists of screaming the same four-letter word over and over). There are some good moments with always-terrific Eugene Levy as the corrupt principal who wants to embezzle the money that is supposed to go to the special needs class so he can buy a condo in Hawaii. SNL's Cheri Oteri has some funny blank looks as his game but addled lunch lady co-conspirator. But the only newcomer whose career will probably survive this movie is Eric Christian Olsen, as Lloyd (the character played by Carrey in the original). Olsen does not imitate Carrey; he more or less channels his physical elasticity and dumb-but-thinks-he's-got-it-all-figured-out look, and he adds his own goofy sweetness, creating a real presence in the midst of what is otherwise close to a complete waste of time.

No one expects greatness from a movie called "Dumb and Dumberer." It would be dumber, dumberer, and dumberest to expect much by way of humor or plot or character or energy. Even so, this manages to be disappointing. So, those who fondly remember the original Dumb and Dumber, starring Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey, should watch it again rather than sit through this lame prequel, showing Harry and Lloyd in high school back in the 1980s.

Families can talk about...

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 13, 2003
DVD release date:November 11, 2003
Cast:Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Luis Guzman
Director:Troy Miller
Studio:New Line
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sex-related humor, and for language

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Teen, 14 years old Written byklaymanbill April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

First is better!

Teen, 14 years old Written bySpielberg00 September 3, 2011

This is awful, and I don't just say that because it doesn't have Jim Carrey anymore. It's not even the same "dumb" as the original.

My rating: PG-13 for crude sexual content including frequent double entendres, a scene of grossness, and for some language.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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