We have a pretty light week ahead on the docket, with only a return of the two dumbest guys on the planet and a child prodigy wrestling with her fame heading to theaters. Set after Insterstellar/Big Hero 6 and before The Hunger Games, this week almost feels like a throwaway.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
See one of the greatest film duos return in the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To,
Because I grew up right in the demographic comedic wheelhouse of the original film, it holds a special place in my heart. It’s still a flick we quote ("So you’re telling me there’s a chance" and "Mock, Yeah, Ing, Yeah..") And I fully understand that the humor here is a generational thing. It’d be easy to dislike the original if you saw it through a slightly different lens (too old or too young at the time it came out). Many movies work this way. Different generations will have different lists of their funniest movies, and there isn’t always a ton of crossover. It’s because you need to hit comedies at the right age and right sensibility (or lack thereof). I hit Dumb and Dumber at the right time, and love it.
Unfortunately, I think I’m going to need to hang on to my love for the original to even eek out enjoyment for the sequel. Because it looks pretty *ahem* dumb. But that might just go to prove my previous point. This is essentially the same movie as the first. The only thing that’s changed is me. I get it. And maybe a new generation will latch on the comedic stylings of this duo because it falls within their humor spectrum. It’ll be interesting to find out.
One thing that hasn’t changed are the Farrelly brothers. You pretty much know what you’re getting with them. They are putting out, recently, flicks like The Three Stooges (51%) and Hall Pass (34%) which don’t differ too terribly much from their career work. It’s been a lifetime since There’s Something About Mary (83%), which can basically be called an outlier at this point. This film looks dumb, but I suppose it’ll just be how you choose to view it.