Everyone loves a prequel. I mean what could go wrong when you go back in time in a movie series to tell us what happened before the thing we all love? Did Dumb and Dumber REALLY need a prequel? Did we need a whole move to tell us how Harry and Lloyd met?
First, let’s talk vitals and watch the trailer.
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Production Budget: $19 million
Domestic Total Gross: $26,276,465
Foreign Total Gross: $12,991,050
Total Box Office Gross: $39,267,515
Starring: Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen
Directed by: Troy Miller
Written by: Troy Miller, Robert Brener
Distributor: New Line
Release Date: June 13, 2003
Runtime: 1 hrs. 36 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
I remember when this movie was coming out and I thought “Well that looks stupid”. That’s kind of the point, but them making a prequel to a movie ten years after the original with the guy who directed Jack Frost, Austin from Not Another Teen Movie, and some dude who was on two episodes of Felicity seemed a little misguided.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like Eric Christian Olsen and I loved him in Not Another Teen Movie and other things I’ve seen him in. This movie didn’t really interest me at all, even though I LOVE the original (read about it here). There’s just something about a prequel with different actors, writer, director….everything, that just feels like a cash grab. Essentially that’s what this is. Put out a movie for a small budget ($2 million more than the original, but still) and try and cash in on that sweet sweet nostalgia bucks.
But did it work?
I mean kinda, it brought in $39 million at the box office and I couldn’t find the home video sales numbers but you can bet it added to that number and not subtracted.
But was it any good?
It wasn’t not good, but it also wasn’t good. If you watch this movie with no knowledge of the original, sure it’s fine. It just doesn’t capture the characters the same way though. Eric Christian Olsen does a fantastic job playing a young Lloyd Christmas and really feels like he spent some time channeling Jim Carrey. He nails a lot of the mannerisms, speech patterns, and likeness of Jim Carrey in the original movie. I loved it. Often times you want actors to make the characters their own, but not in something like this. This type of movie requires essentially an impression of the original as so much of the characters are built into the actors portrayal.
Derek Richardson did a good job as Harry Dunne, however it wasn’t great. It felt lacking next to Eric’s Lloyd. It felt flat it a lot of parts.
But did it feel like the original?
Sort of. It was like they used the joke points of the original and used that to plan it out into this one. Harry has a poop scene in a girls bathroom. A lot of the jokes are re-hashes of ones in the original. Some hit, some miss.
Yeah, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) from Daredevil plays a punk rocker with a mohawk. Eugene Levy plays the bad guy. And Luis Guzmán plays Lloyd’s dad, which really begs the question as to whaaaaaat? I mean you can assume he’s adopted, but they never tell you. Oh yeah, and Shia Le Boof is in it. I like him.
Should I watch this?
Sure, why not. It’s not amazing, it’s not ground breaking comedy. I watched it with my kids and we enjoyed it. There are a lot of adult jokes in this film that most of my kids didn’t get but I found hilarious and my 17 year old just groaned over cause I was laughing. My other kids were too busy laughing at the poop jokes.
Anyway, go check out my review of Dumb and Dumber and after I watch it I’ll write up a review for Dumb and Dumber To.