A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dumb and Dumber To dishes out the same kind of crude, silly, slapstick hijinks as the original Dumb and Dumber, with much of the mayhem aimed at the same adolescent fans. Many of the jokes are intentionally over the top and deal with sex (kissing, references to sex acts, characters about to have sex, the implication that Lloyd is inadvertently pleasuring an elderly woman with his hand, etc.), scatological activities, drugs (a supporting character is shown cooking meth), and more. Expect some swearing ("s--t," "-a--hole," "f--k"), social drinking, and race-based humor. There's also lots of slapstick humor/violence played for laughs, including a character getting hit by a train and someone getting shot (with some blood). All of that said, Lloyd and Harry are loyal friends who always have each other's back.
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What's the story?
It's been decades since Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) were set loose out in the world. Lloyd, who's been at an assisted care facility, has been perfecting a long con on Harry; meanwhile, Harry has been a devoted and supportive friend to Lloyd. When Harry discovers an old postcard indicating he may have gotten a woman pregnant many years ago, the two pals head out on the open road on the road to meet Harry's progeny.
Is it any good?
Nostalgia is the fuel that will propel DUMB AND DUMBER TO, not excellence. The film is trading on its past glories. Though there's still chemistry between Daniels and Carrey, it's not enough to carry the film past its obvious shortcomings: an uninspired script that recycles old jokes, a worn-out plot, and crude humor that's neither funny nor relevant much of the time. Fans of the original may still get a kick out of the film, but if you're new to the game, you may not want to bother.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the main characters' antics are funny on film but inappropriate in real life. What would happen if people really acted the way Lloyd and Harry do? Why is comedy based on things that aren't realistic funny?
Hollywood seems enamored with sequels. How does this one fare compared to the original?
Though there's no nudity in Dumb and Dumber To, there's lots of sexual innuendo, particularly when Harry and Lloyd meet women. Is the film chauvinistic?
Why do you think Harry and Lloyd are so loyal to each other? What keeps their friendship enduring?
- In theaters: November 14, 2014
- On DVD or streaming: February 17, 2015
- Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle
- Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship
- Run time: 110 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references
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