There has been a lot of cinematic nostalgia for 1994 lately, with 20-year celebrations for such classics as Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. But 1994 was also the year of Dumb and Dumber, a classic of sorts in its own right. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne were two oblivious nincompoops who have dreams of opening their own worm store, but end up taking a road-trip from Rhode Island to Colorado that lands them in the middle of a kidnapping and ransom scam. The visual gags were side-splitting—those tuxedos, nailing Lauren Holly in the face with a snowball, OUR PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!—but there some something magically sweet about just how dumb and dumber the duo really was. “One of the brighter qualities of the works of the Farrelly brothers is how, even in the midst of profane unholiness and toilet humor, a sincere pathos often emerges,” writes EW‘s Jason Clark.
Twenty years later, Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) are practically right where we left them, as if they’d spent two decades in a near-catatonic state. Their hair is the same, their adventure—to locate Harry’s beautiful daughter (Rachel Melvin) in order to find a suitable kidney donor—is familiar, and generous helpings of the Farrelly brothers’ gross-out humor is spread throughout.
It’s a film that is hardly at the mercy of the critics—the first film wasn’t exactly a critical darling—but it’s still worth examining reviews to see if this is a movie you need to see today in theaters or one that can wait for home viewing.
Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY