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|Originaltitel:||Dumb and Dumber To|
|Regie:||Peter & Bobby Farrelly|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 109 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
It's been twenty years since Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) experienced their turbulent adventure, at the end of which Lloyd received a rebuff from the beautiful Holly. Traumatised by this event, Lloyd has been in a kind of vegetative state ever since. But now it's high time to wake up, because Harry needs the help of his best friend. He desperately needs a new kidney. So the news that Harry apparently has a daughter comes just in time, the result of a long time ago prank with an old flame (Kathleen Turner). To find the girl, the two have to travel across the country to a congress where the world's most brilliant minds gather - just the right place for two full-posts like Harry and Lloyd…
No one really wanted to believe that there would be another real sequel to the 1994 comedy hit "Dumm und Dümmer". Not least the fact that the unspeakable prequel and the animation series weren't really blessed with great success, made the fans' hopes for a reunion with Harry and Lloyd fade from year to year. But just when nobody expected it any more, the news spread like wildfire that Peter and Bobby Farrelly, together with the original actors Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, would be staging a sequel to the slapstick after two decades. The result is called "Dumm und Dümmehr" - and the name really says it all. Anyone who believed that the humour of the Farrelly brothers had become a little more mature after twenty years or that Jeff Daniels would only play serious roles after his Emmy for "The Newsroom" is seriously mistaken.
In terms of infantile jokes and crude woodhammer humour, "Dumm und Dümmehr" is in no way inferior to its popular predecessor. The Farrellys continue exactly where they left off twenty years ago and their two main actors are not too bad for even the roughest slapstick. The comedy doesn't necessarily seem to be conceived for an audience that doesn't know the original. The movie works well for friends of the somewhat deeper humor even without prior knowledge of the first part. But numerous hidden or very clear references to the predecessor make "Dumm und Dümmehr" an especially big pleasure for those viewers who loved "Dumm und Dümmer".
Of course the typical Farrelly humor is always a matter of taste. But no matter if you can have fun with their jokes or if you just find them unbearably embarrassing, you have to help them, especially in the case of "Dumm und Dümmehr", that they really do their thing consistently. The film is so ruthlessly silly, often politically incorrect and unrestrainedly coarse that you can't resist a hearty laugh - even if you're a little ashamed of it. Admittedly, some gags shoot a bit too far beyond the limits of good taste or are simply stupid. Other scenes, on the other hand, are really ingenious or just so stupid that it's funny again.
A cult character as high as the first part will certainly not be reached by the second screen adventure of Harry and Lloyd. In the last twenty years there have simply been too many films that have made use of a very similar sense of humour. While the jokes in "Dumm und Dümmer" were almost revolutionary in their rough way in 1994, they don't really offer much new in 2014. But fans won't mind, of course. For those who simply want to see more of Harry and Lloyd in their proven form, "Dumm und Dümmehr" is the place to be. Therefore: Nothing for fine spirits, but for all who liked the original this long awaited sequel is absolutely worth seeing!
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