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DUMB AND DUMBERER: WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD

Goofballs Harry and Lloyd prove to be the undoing of their chiseling 1980’s high school principal.

CAST: Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Luis Guzman, Eugene Levy, Rachel Nichols, Mimi Rogers, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, Cheri Oteri, Julia Duffy

DIRECTOR: Troy Miller

"Credit must be given to the casting director, John Papsidera, for finding two young actors, Derek Richardson as Harry and Eric Christian Olsen as Lloyd, who bear amazing resemblances to their adult counterparts. With his hair dyed black and trimmed in the bowl cut Mr. Carrey made famous, Mr. Olsen is particularly convincing as the young Lloyd, drawing on the same reservoir of Jerry Lewis grimaces that inspired Mr. Carrey in the initial outing…While ‘Dumb and Dumber’ possessed a bracing, genuine vulgarity, this new film is more often merely disgusting as it piles up jokes involving various bodily discharges and the unpleasant things that can be done with them." --Dave Kehr, The New York Times

"Even such gross-out scenes as the feces smearing of a bathroom (meant to pay tribute to the notorious bathroom scene in the first film) are disappointingly flat. This movie doesn't even know how to be crude…I wouldn't want you to consider even renting this thing." --Desson Howe, The Washington Post"Olsen can't approach Carrey's physical gifts or genius for excruciating embarrassment, but he does retain some of the character's freakish appeal…Director Troy Miller doesn't just lack the comic juice to extend his and co-writer Robert Brener's sketchy ideas into a feature, he's not above selling out his characters for a cheap laugh or two." --Manohla Dargis, The Los Angeles Times

"The lights are on but there's no one home in ‘Dumb and Dumberer,’ a harmless celebration of idiocy that is the cinematic equivalent of an overeager, block-headed puppy chasing its tail…Blond hunk Eric Christian Olsen (‘Not Another Teen Movie’) -- transformed by a bowl haircut, chipped tooth and perpetually goofy expression -- is a revelation channeling Jim Carrey as the young Lloyd Christmas." --Megan Lehmann, The New York Post

"Trying to fit ‘Dumb and Dumberer’ into some kind of tradition or aesthetic is to both give it too much credit and miss the point entirely. Not thinking is the point, and the appeal…The problem with a movie based on idiocy keeps you constantly wondering what's intended and what's just idiocy. The level of humor is, needless to say, idling on level 00 in the parking garage of the mind." --John Anderson, Newsday

"Co-writer and director Troy Miller made the unwatchably awful ‘Jack Frost.’ And still he works. It's a flat-footed comedy whose best moments are in the outtakes at the end. And there are some guilty laughs involving melted chocolate…The only bits worth watching are the scenes where Olsen is in full Carrey mode and Richardson is doing his best Jeff Daniels. The spot-on impersonations take the mind off the plot, the poo-poo gags, the clunky chase scene and the ripped-off finale." --Roger Moore, The Baltimore Sun

"Presumably because Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels declined to reprise their career lows, the filmmakers set the sequel in the past, when Harry and Lloyd meet and team up in high school…For those who recall the laxative overdose sequence in the original ‘D&D’ as a comedy classic, there's a gag here about a melted Hershey bar that I thought might make the preview audience soil itself." --Jack Mathews, The New York Daily News

"‘Dumberer’ is desperately dull and dull-witted…phony bonding, feeble bathroom humor, and low-IQ gags about Slushees, brain freeze and Hefner-esque reveries involving lesbian makeout sessions…Directed by Troy Miller (‘Jack Frost’) in a style completely lacking in distinction, ‘Dumb and Dumberer’ left me dumbfounded." --Stephen Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer