Making the Grades
As the months passed since Dumb And Dumber's December theatrical release (which I did not see), I had often wondered if I had misjudged it. I was not impressed with the clips I had seen, yet by the end of March this film grossed an amazing $117.7 million. Surely, I must be wrong. A movie couldn't attract that much money and be as stupid as it appeared to be. Stupid me. Viewing Dumb And Dumber was an exercise of patience and trying to refrain from hitting the eject button. Even more amazing is the audience attraction and critical praise this movie has gathered.
Okay parents, remember, the choice is up to you, but here is a small sampling of what you get in this package: Two slow guys want to find girls. They get great pleasure in activities like selling a dead decapitated bird to a blind boy, and urinating on and with each other. The film makers also treat us to such gems as watching one of these guys on the toilet as he goes through the exercise of emptying his bowels -- complete with full sound effects. Add a couple of PG-13 approved nudity shots, abundant vulgarity, much punching and brawling, and you have a movie that the public loves and critics find moderately interesting.
What nonsense! Have audiences become so desperate for entertainment that they are willing to part with $117 million to laugh at two unfortunate people that cannot even read? Is it really that funny watching one guy wet his pants while riding a motorcycle so his partner can stay warm? Or laughing as a police officer chugs down a beer bottle full of urine? I can only assume that most of the $117 million came from pockets of adolescents, probably many who were blindly following their friends into the theatre. The title of this movie more aptly describes those in front of the screen rather than on it.