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Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Not expected to be great, but still disappoints.

Movie PG-13 2003 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Perfect for tweens but no one under 10

Love it. Little iffy things but still good

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Too much sex
age 17+

Paying to see this Dumberist...

I saw a free sneak preview, so I only paid in the torture department. It is offensive and ridiculous. I really wanted to leave the theatre, it was excruciatingly bad. We should not infect young minds wih this cruelty.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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

This movie tweaks the 80s as a kind of dumb and dumberer decade, with 80s 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 Jim 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.

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