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Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden, Bill Murray

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Twenty years on and Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) are back, older but no wiser. The idiots to end all idiots, with a lower-than-low IQ (between them), we find the goonishly grinning pair at a psychiatric hospital where Lloyd has languished these past two decades while Harry visits every day and changes his diapers.

When Lloyd's catatonic state proves to have been his idea of a joke to play on his partner (yup, for 20 years), they return to Harry's flat, where he has a cat called Butthole - the only one of several flatulence jokes that's actually funny involves the cat - and they find a letter which seems to suggest Harry has a daughter by a prostitute lover, now greatly aged (Kathleen Turner plays the old hag with a crow's voice and some relish).

The antics that ensue are all in the worst possible taste; there are four or five decent laughs, but most of the time you'll want to look the other way, as the Farrellys simply abandon everything that worked in the original film, thus robbing it of its oddball charm and simplistic naivety.

Carrey and Daniels go full tilt (and then some) at the consistently filthy material and the final credits promise Dumb and Dumber For in 2034, a threat that one fears may prove all too real.

David Quinlan

USA 2014. UK Distributor: Universal. Colour by FotoKem.
110 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 17 Dec 2014