DUMB AND DUMBERER takes place in 1986 in the Providence, Rhode Island high school where Harry and Lloyd grew up. The two meet over slapstick circumstances, and the Three Stooges humour does not abate for 82 minutes. The audience sees how Lloyd Christmas chipped his tooth. (By the way, you can see the black ink makeup on the actor’s tooth.) The two become unwitting participants in a scheme cooked up by a greedy yet inept principal, played by Eugene Levy, and his lunch lady girlfriend, played by Cheri Oteri of TV’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, who try to embezzle money from a scholarship fund given to high schools with special needs classes.
The original DUMB AND DUMBER was the creation of the Farrelly brothers whose other comedy gross-out cult classics include THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and KINGPIN. Whatever your opinion are about the aforementioned films, the Farrellys never came within a thousand miles of this one, and it shows.
It's not so much that DUMB AND DUMBERER is bad�it's plenty terrible�it's that it's completely, utterly pointless. Needless cash-grab or not, it wouldn't be impossible to make at least a decently funny movie out of this. There are plenty of directions you could take, characters you could visit, and dumbness to explore. Unfortunately, writer/director Troy Miller (a veteran of pretty much every comedy television show from the last 20 years) has no clue what to do with any of that so he just essentially remakes the original film without the laughs, charm and rapist wit.