Dumb & Dumber
Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Review by Ross Anthony

The comedy arcs like the back of a cat, beginning with silly ha-ha's, to chuckles, to laughs to belly-rolls by half time. But half time is the peak and the comedy slides right back to square-one by finish.

That said, the "No tag-backs" scene into the "Slushy speed sipping" scene had me laughing so hard, that I could barely see the screen through the tears in my eyes. Whew, much better films never get me laughing that hard.

Also Olsen, does a fine job recreating a young Jim Carrey. You know this kid watched a lot of Carrey movies for homework. In fact, the film is at it's best when Harry and Lloyd are at play with each other. But the picture spends too much time on the normal business of plot. This hurts the comedy. We don't need plot in a film called "Dumb and Dumberer."

Would have expected more from Levy & Oteri, both, usually very funny. Also, the string of "Special Needs" students assembled by Harry and Lloyd make little mark on the film.

Btw, "Dumb & Dumber" (1994: writer/directors Farrelly bros.) released before I started reviewing, but I would be remiss if I didn't say... it's a fine film. That one, too, had me buckling over in laughter, more often, less plot, 100% pure stupid genius.

Interestingly enough, Derek Richardson (Harry) says of Eric Olsen (Lloyd), "Eric looked like a surfer, he was this good-looking muscular guy with long blond hair who could have passed for Paul Walker. But Eric has this great energy and is really amazing at improvisation." Producer Koules, "When we met Eric he was about 20 pounds heavier and was very muscular...He physically transformed himself by losing the weight, and hair and makeup did a great job of completing the process."

  • Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Rachel Nichols, Cheri Oteri, Luis Guzman, Elden henson, William Lee Scott, Mimi Rogers, Eugene Levy.
  • Directed by Troy Miller.
  • Screenplay by Robert Brener and Troy Miller.
  • Produced by Oren Koules and Charles B. Wessler, Krevoy, Stabler, Miller at Newline/Dakota/Burg.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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