Dumb and Dumber To Parent Guide
Harry and Lloyd obviously haven't gotten any smarter, but it remains to be seen if their original fans will still find mucus bubbles, toxic waste and testicles as humorous as they did 20 years ago.
Parent Movie Review
Dumb and Dumber To may be the most appropriately titled movie I’ve seen in a long time. It is hard to think of another adjective that so succinctly describes a script about two men who are obsessed with bodily functions and fluids. Thankfully it has been two decades since these slow-witted characters first appeared in Dumb and Dumber. But their reputation for crass humor is flourishing. They are largely responsible for spawning a new genre of gross out movies where things like human excrement and urine are supposed to be funny—even hilarious.
Now it appears Harry (Jeff Daniels) has spawned something else—a daughter. He doesn’t find out about the illegitimately fathered child until about 20 years later. (The script isn’t always consistent about how long it has been.) Also in serious need of a kidney, he and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) set out with Penny’s (Rachel Melvin) last known address scribbled on an envelope to reunite father and child.
So what could be more pathetic than a deadbeat dad showing up on your doorstep to ask for a vital organ? Well in this case, it is the road trip. Watching these two make their way across the country will have you questioning not only the competence of other drivers on the road but the governing bodies who hand out licenses. Harry and Lloyd stop in the middle of the Interstate to consult their map, set off an arsenal of fireworks in a hotel room and get ice cold drinks poured down the front of their pants before they even find Penny.
Unfortunately the passage of time hasn’t done anything to dampen this pairs’ penchant for other crude and outright disgusting comedy either. There is still a juvenile fascination with defecation, flatulence and Harry’s partially exposed buttocks. (Honestly, how many times are plumber pants supposed to be funny?) However, potty humor isn’t the only attempt at laughs in this script. Despite society’s increasing concern about political correctness, Dumb and Dumber To seems to have no bounds. The elderly, obese, incapacitated, red-headed and homeless are all made fun of. As well, the script is full of sexual innuendo, crass terms for sex, jokes about anatomy and crude sexual commentary. And for some reason, pushing people into a bush is downright hysterical.
To date, Dumb and Dumber has grossed over $127 million domestically. But with the age of the actors (Carrey is 52 and Daniels is 59) and a glut of gross out movies starring much younger faces, I have to wonder if the franchise can hold its own with the teen crowd. Or will Dumb and Dumber To still resonate with its fans from 20 years ago? Harry and Lloyd obviously haven’t gotten any smarter in that time. But it remains to be seen if their original following will still find mucus bubbles, toxic waste and testicles as humorous as they did two decades ago.Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly. Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Angela Kerecz, Kathleen Turner. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release November 14, 2014. Updated July 17, 2017
Dumb and Dumber To
Rating & Content Info
Why is Dumb and Dumber To rated PG-13? Dumb and Dumber To is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references.
Violence: A man is hit and killed by a train. A character fires his gun in an attempt to kill another person. A woman poisons another character. A girl is hit in the head and a woman is slapped on the buttocks. A character mimics hanging himself and slitting his throat. A man is on fire and burned after characters ignite fireworks in his room. A man sets off an explosion inside of a car. A woman has a knife held to her throat. Characters steal a car. Men hold guns on characters. A bird is shot and killed.
Sexual Content: A woman talks about the illegitimate child she gave up for adoption. A woman licks a man’s feet. Several characters talk about sexual encounters. Characters engage in sexual acts off screen. A character engages in sexual acts with an inanimate object. Partial buttock nudity is repeatedly seen. Partially clothed images of women are seen on the side of vehicles. A teen engages in a sexual act with an animal. A couple comes out of a closet after engaging in sex. A woman’s breasts are partially exposed through her clothing.
Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive, scatological slang and profanities along with frequent rude sexual dialogue and crude terms for sexual acts and anatomy. Some name-calling is included.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character makes illegal drugs in his apartment. Other comments about illegal drug use are made. Characters drink at social functions. Two characters drink embalming fluid. A woman poisons a character’s food. A woman smokes.
Other: The movie contains excess crude jokes about defecation, body fluids, bodily functions, sexual activity and illegal drug use. Characters joke about a boy who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Dumb and Dumber To after the break...
Dumb and Dumber To Parents' Guide
Humor is a subjective emotion. What do you find funny (or not funny) about this movie? Do you enjoy sight gags, slapstick or word plays? Do you feel like you are laughing with Harry and Lloyd or at them? Are there some things that should not be the subject of a joke?
Jim Carrey was born in Ontario Canada but became a U.S. citizen in 2004. What nods to Canada can you find in this movie?
The most recent home video release of Dumb and Dumber To movie is February 17, 2015. Here are some details…Home Video Notes: Dumb And Dumber To
Release Date: 17 February 2015
Dumb And Dumber To releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet) with the following supplements:
- That's Awesome! – The Story Of Dumb And Dumber To
Exclusive HD Content
- Alternate Opening and Deleted/Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
- What's so Smart about Dumb and Dumber To? From stress relief to providing a new perspective on life, the film's cast and crew and the author of Psychology for Dummies make the case for why you sometimes need to step back from the seriousness of life and just get dumb.
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This movie is the sequel to Dumb and Dumber. Despite their portrayals in this script, Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey have starred in some films we can recommend. Look for Daniels in Because of Winn-Dixie and Fly Away Home. Carrey appears in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Truman Show.