Dumb and Dumber
Posted by martinteller on November 5, 2014
Well… um. Yeah. So, I watched this. Comedy is subjective, right? Who am I to say this film isn’t funny when it’s a comedy beloved by so many? But… goddamn it, it isn’t funny. I could say it’s stupid, but the Farrelly brothers headed that critique off at the pass. Of course it’s dumb, that’s in the title. Twice, even. But it’s just not my kind of dumb, I suppose. I guess you could say it ushered in a new era of gross-out comedy, and I don’t give a damn for gross-out comedy. I still have problems with the farting scene in my #1 film, Fanny & Alexander. However, not all the jokes in this are of the gross-out variety. And to be fair, there were a few good gags (my favorite: the way Carrey shushes Lauren Holly by jamming his finger in her upper lip).
It’s just that the good bits are so very few and far between. For every halfway decent chuckle, there’s a dozen that left me stone cold. And so predictable! As soon as you see those endangered owls, I knew our protagonists were gonna somehow kill at least one of them. As soon as Carrey started pouring the tea, I knew a laxative wasn’t far behind. It isn’t fun. I’d be exaggerating if I said I couldn’t stand watching this and was squirming restlessly in my seat, but I didn’t have much fun either. And I think that’s because I really didn’t like these two guys much. I know they’re supposed to be obnoxious, but you can tell this is supposed to be offset by an affection for the characters. It seems we’re meant to think they’re really sweet deep down inside.
But they’re not. They’re kinda dicks a lot of the time, especially Carrey. And if the jokes don’t work and the characters aren’t endearing (the ultra-flat supporting cast is pretty much to be expected, but what a waste of Teri Garr) then I’ve got nothing else to latch onto. Definitely not my cup of laxative-infused tea. Rating: Poor (42)