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Dumb and Dumber To Review


Grim

Be warned: this is a movie meant only for hardcore fans of the 1994 original, and other moronic comedies in which plot, character and filmmaking coherence aren't important. If any fart joke makes you laugh, don't miss it. Everyone else probably already knows that they should avoid this movie, which is even more idiotic than it looks. Although for those forced to suffer through it, there's at least a strand of witty, absurd comedy faintly running through each scene.

After an utterly pointless 20-year practical joke, old buddies Harry and Lloyd (Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey) are once again a team, causing chaos everywhere they go due to their inability to understand pretty much anything that's happening around them. Now Harry needs a kidney transplant, just as he discovers that he fathered a child with Fraida (Kathleen Turner) nearly 23 years ago. So he and Lloyd head off to find his daughter Fanny (Rachel Melvin). She has been raised by a Nobel-winning scientist (Steve Tom) and his money-grabbing wife (Laurie Holden), who's plotting with the handyman (Rob Riggle) to steal his millions. All of them converge on an inventors' convention in El Paso, where Harry is mistaken as a genius, Lloyd falls in love with the wrong woman and everything climaxes in a vortex of mistaken identity and wacky slapstick.

While absolutely everything about this film is painfully stupid, filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly have learned from making solid comedies (like There's Something About Mary and Stuck on You), and the script has an underlying wit to it that hints at a much better movie screaming to get out. But the Farrellys simply leave everything as mindless as possible, using a strangely clunky directing style that feels cheap and underplanned. While there's a steady stream of amusing throwaway gags, the plot and characters never develop into anything engaging, mainly because both Carrey and Daniels are encouraged to overplay every moment so badly that we begin to wonder how anyone could think this was even vaguely funny.

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The Three Stooges Review


Weak
The Farrelly brothers return to the vacuously silly style of Dumb and Dumber for this gently idiotic comedy that recreates the iconic knucklehead trio that epitomised movie slapstick from the 1930s to the 1970s. Intriguingly, the film is warm and wacky, only rarely dips into today's more cynical, referential sense of humour. Clearly, the Farrellys have a real affection for the Three Stooges, as do the actors who recreate them.

The story starts as we watch Larry, Moe and Curly (Hayes, Diamantopoulos and Sasso) growing up in an orphanage, watched over by Mother Superior (Lynch) and several rather frazzled nuns (including Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David). But when the orphanage is threatened with closure, the clueless trio heads out to raise the cash needed to save it. They immediately run into the shamelessly wealthy Lydia (Vergara), who hires them to bump off her husband so she can run off with his business partner (Bierko). But of course everything goes crazily wrong.

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Hall Pass Review


Good
The Farrelly brothers once again combine raucous humour, outrageous vulgarity and genuinely heartfelt comedy for this surprisingly involving story about rediscovering the spark in marriage.

Rick and Fred (Wilson and Sudeikis) are best pals who have never quite given up their frat-boy ways, even though both are settled down with their wives Maggie and Grace (Fischer and Applegate), respectively. Fed up with their obsessions with sex, the women give their husbands hall passes: a week off from marriage, no questions asked. But things have changed since they were 20-year-old bucks, both in the world and in their priorities. Is it as much fun to actually go girl-crazy as it is to pretend to do it?

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The Switch Review


OK
A slightly more serious take on the rom-com, this film benefits hugely from its likeable cast even though the script lets frequently them down. But at least it's dealing with some meaningful topics along the way.

Kassie (Aniston) is a professional woman in New York who has given up waiting for Mr Right and starts looking for a sperm donor. This rather unsettles her best friend Wally (Bateman), who has always had a crush on her but was afraid to tell her. When Kassie finds the perfect man (Wilson), her plan moves ahead, but Wally drunkenly makes a last-minute switch. Seven years later, Kassie returns to New York with her little boy (Robinson). Wally realises what has happened, but he's even more afraid to break the news now.

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The Ringer Review


Grim
A recent Associated Press story detailed how Peter and Bobby Farrelly gave the Special Olympics full script approval for The Ringer, their new comedy about a well-intentioned loser (Johnny Knoxville) who impersonates a mentally challenged person in order to win the Special Olympics and score some much-needed cash.

"I wanted this movie out there," Peter Farrelly told the AP. "It's very funny, but I also saw the potential for changing people's perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities."

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Fever Pitch (2005) Review


Good
You'll have to forgive my small bias for this Farrelly Brothers boy-meets-girl-but-loves-baseball-team charmer. As an 18-year resident of Boston, the movie's ever-present backdrop, I hooked onto this breezy romantic comedy like an eager fish.

It's not like I'm devoted to our beloved Red Sox as obsessively as Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon, in all his awkward glory). When Ben, a high-energy math teacher meets Lindsey, Drew Barrymore's on-the-rise executive, it's wintertime and Ben is, well, different. Because each April, Ben's only love is 26 guys, a ballpark, and a dream... the world of the Boston Red Sox.

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Osmosis Jones Review


OK
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the back of your nose when you sneeze? The Farrelly Brothers have. And in their traditional gross-out fashion, they'd like to show you.

There you have Osmosis Jones, a combination of clunky live action and cool, creative animation that tries too hard to please both adults and kiddies while journeying inside one disgusting body.

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Stuck on You Review


Excellent
Delicately splicing sentiment with sharp wit, Stuck On You follows the eclectic adventures of Walt (Greg Kinnear) and Bob (Matt Damon), conjoined brothers who are extremely distinct personalities. One wants to flip burgers in his hometown restaurant, while the other wants to take a shot at Hollywood after performing in community theater for a decade. With the inspired gusto that comes from refusing to let any challenge overtake you, the linked pair head out to Studioland so that Walt can at least take a shot at the big time before he looks too old to do so - as Bob was born with most of their liver, Walt's growth seems to physically surpass his.

While that's an easy excuse (and not the only contrivance) to get over the first aesthetics presented of the lead characters, Stuck On You intelligently concentrates on the relationship of the brothers throughout. Though multiple plot coincidences might be thrown in their path, their interaction is rewarding to watch as they progress through a parody of stardom due to their unique situation. No matter which of their needs the other is helping to fulfill, there is a basic, innate sense that the other half is just as important without overwhelming you with cheap, sentimental dialogue. When Walt's career is taking center focus, the quiet maturity of Bob's responses and questions is given just as much time to resonate.

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Me, Myself & Irene Review


Excellent
After just missing Oscar gold with performances in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, Jim Carrey returns to the dramatic form for a third bid at the little statue with a heart-rending performance as a victim of split-personality disorder in the soulful drama Me, Myself & Irene.

Yeah, and Adam Sandler is a gifted thespian. With their long-awaited follow-up to There's Something About Mary, the Farrelly brothers return to their specialty -- gross-out shenanigans -- in this equally funny entry into their oeuvre of perversion.

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Shallow Hal Review


OK
Say, do you like fat jokes? 'Cuz if you do, Shallow Hal should just about rank as the greatest movie of all time! Indeed, this "biggest love story ever told" should go over like gangbusters to those fond of Mike Myers and his Fat Bastard character from Austin Powers 2. Only this time out, it's a girl in the fat suit... and of course, here's the kicker -- inside is knockout starlet Gwyneth Paltrow.

Playing opposite Paltrow's 300-pound Rosemary is Jack Black, a spastic jack-in-the-box who can create comedy no matter how bad the underlying material is (see High Fidelity, Saving Silverman). Shallow Hal is no exception, and in his first starring role, Black manages to carry the film all by his lonesome, despite the most threadbare of plots. Case in point: In a freak elevator encounter, motivational speaker Tony Robbins (as himself) puts a little mind-meld on Hal (Black) in order to force him to stop evaluating women just by their external appearance; instead he will see only their "inner beauty." As expected, the ugly girls suddenly all appear as supermodels to Hal, the aloof beauties appear as hags.

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There's Something About Mary Review


Excellent
Sure it's ridiculous. Sure it's in generally poor taste. So what? That's what makes There's Something About Mary so good.

If you've seen the trailer, you know the story: Ted (Ben Stiller) finally gets to go out with Mary (Cameron Diaz) to the prom and is stymied by a freak zipper accident, sending him into years of therapy to wonder what-coulda-been. Thirteen years later, we find that he's not the only one fixated on Mary... as no fewer than five suitors appear to win her heart.

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Say It Isn't So Review


Terrible
Another year, another Farrelly brothers production.

This time out, we get American Pie alum Chris Klein and the saucy Heather Graham in what is undoubtedly the crudest film we will ever see. That is, at least until Tom Green takes center stage in Freddy Got Fingered later this year.

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Music From Another Room Review


Good
Pleasant, innocuous romantic comedy about a mosaic artist (Law) who falls for the girl whom he helped deliver (birthwise) when he was five years old. Touching and heartwarming, but Mol, as the object of affection, is a real pill, stretching the bounds of likability in a film. Otherwise, a good rental.

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Kingpin Review


OK
There's nothing like a good Amish movie. But throw in a bowling movie as well, and you've got yourself, well, something pretty asinine, but something pretty damn funny, too. Harrelson is a once-great bowler, now washed-up on account of losing his hand. Quaid is his Amish protege, and together they attack the pro circuit, along with vixen Angel, who doesn't seem to have been vaulted into starletdom the way she meet have hoped. Bonus points for Murray's (the arch-rival) god-awful hairdos, plus check out the DVD for added footage.
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