Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd is either going to be a fantastic prequel to the hit movie originally starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, or it could be a shameless attempt at trying to cash in on the previous film? Even one of the leading characters can see that it’s the latter.

Set in 1986 (although you cannot really tell – apart from the use of Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby) the story focuses on the meeting of two minds – well, Lloyd and Harry.

Harry Dunne (Derek Richardson) faces a dilemma – real school. Having being taught at home by his doting mother Mrs Dunne (Mimi Rogers), Harry must finally go to school.

Lloyd Christmas (a spot on turn by Eric Christian Olsen) lives at the school with his janitor father Ray (Luis Guzmán) and is excited by the prospects of starting a new year.

As fate would have it, on the first day of school Harry meets Lloyd (well they run into each other – resulting in Lloyd’s infamous chipped tooth). Before soon these two misfits are the best of friends.

Things take a sinister turn when Principle Collins (Eugene Levy) devises a scam to embezzle enough money from the school so that he can ensconce to Hawaii with his dinner lady girlfriend Ms Heller (Cheri Oteri). The plan requires a setting up of a Special Needs program to attract a large grant – the only drawback; where to find kids dumb enough to start a special needs class? Enter Harry and Lloyd.

That’s about it for a plot. Unfortunately Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd isn’t even a touch to the original. The jokes miss the target most of the time and the script is very weak. There is just one aspect to the film that makes it worth seeing, but more of that later. It’s dumb (no pun intended) to a point that all the charm shown in the first film is lost.

Most of the cast are wasted with the exception of one. Derek Richardson cannot pull of the role of Harry with any semblance of the charm and charisma that Jeff Daniels showed. Rachel Nichols, who plays Jessica a reporter for the school paper who’s determined to uncover whatever Principle Collins is planning, is okay in her one dimensional role. Even the ever dependable Eugene Levy is woefully painful to watch, what made him agree to do this film is beyond me.

Back to the one good thing in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd; Eric Christian Olsen. His portrayal of Lloyd is so eerily similar to Jim Carrey’s that it’s easy to believe that they are the same person – even right down to the voice, mannerisms and stupidity. It’s good to know that is we ever lost Jim Carrey, and then there is a spare.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd isn’t a film with many merits – a lot of the jokes are rehashed from the first such as whole “just when you couldn’t be dumber, you do something like this and totally redeem yourself” scene. Another aspect that shows poor film making is the horrendously badly blacked out ‘chipped’ tooth on Lloyd that’s so fake its distracting.

Shall we end on a pun? No, it’s not worth coming up with one for Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.

SCORE 3/10