Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Not expected to be great, but still disappoints.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Violence

Comic peril.

Sex

Double entendres, many sexual references.

Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written bylegomast777 March 11, 2011

Perfect for tweens but no one under 10

Love it. Little iffy things but still good
Adult Written bybourkr April 9, 2008

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 excruciatingl... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 13 years old Written bybryan12 June 26, 2014

Ehhh dont bother

watch the origional

What's the story?

DUMB AND DUMBERER: WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD takes place in the '80s, when Harry (Derek Richardson) and Lloyd (Eric Christian Olsen) were in high school.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how "special needs" kids are treated in school.

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