7 Reasons Why “Dumb and Dumber To” Was Horrible, From A Die-Hard Fan

Harry holding Lloyd crying from Dumb and Dumber

Let it all out. It’s sad.

This isn’t a movie review of “Dumb and Dumber To.” There are enough of those already. No, this is a personal lament from a die-hard fan of the original. It’s my attempt to explain–in fan-level detail–why the sequel failed where the original succeeded.

I didn’t expect it to be as good as the original, but I figured I’d have a few laughs and some nostalgia. Instead, the unthinkable happened: it was horrible. Not just bad, but an unholy rock-bottom terrible where I didn’t laugh once and the theater was silent along with me. It was so bad that it was worse than “Dumb and Dumberer.” You heard me. At least that movie had one funny scene with Bob Saget freaking out that shit was all over the walls. This one was–and I’m not exaggerating–devoid of funniness.

The original “Dumb and Dumber” is more than a movie to me: it’s been a part of my life since it came out in 1994. I saw it in theaters with my dad when I was nine years old and we both loved it. It was one of those bonding moments that’s always stayed with me: the time I realized that my dad and I had the same sense of humor. I’ve seen it countless times since then. My high school yearbook quote was “Hey guys. Big Gulps, eh? All right! (Pause) Welp, seeya later!” I can quote the entire thing from memory. My fiance can, too. Throwing out “Dumb and Dumber” quotes has become an automatic, almost subconscious part of how we communicate. “Dumb and Dumber” is an experience that unites the people who love it.

Lloyd Christmas Big Gulps scene from Dumb and Dumber

That love of the original is what put me in the theater on opening night of “Dumb and Dumber To,” despite some worries. The sequel didn’t feel necessary. I didn’t want anything to tarnish the original. Jim Carrey has gotten a little weird in the 20 years since the original filmed. The trailers leading up to opening night felt off with their overly contrived jokes and cringe-worthy setups. My optimism helped me ignore these things (maybe they saved all the good jokes for the movie?), but I was still expecting a decent time.

I’ve seen a few reviewers comment that the sequel is only for die-hard fans; that we’re the only ones who’d derive any enjoyment from it. The total opposite is true. If anything, we’re uniquely equipped to feel insulted by how awful the sequel was because of our understanding of the qualities that made the original great.

Because I can’t focus on anything else until I get this out of my system, here’s a list of seven reasons why “Dumb and Dumber To” was horrible. Spoilers ahead.   (more…)

The difference between “workout” and “work out”

Grammar PSA for the instagram fitness crowd. I see this every day. E.g.,

incorrect use of workout

Nice abs, but your grammar needs work.

“Workout” is a noun. It’s the thing you do. You have a workout. “Work out” is a verb. It’s the action you take. You go to the gym to work out.

Muscles are sexy, but so is good grammar.

For two guys who hate advertising, Tim and Eric make great ads

Jeff Goldblum painting of himself GE light bulbs

You may have seen Jeff Goldblum in an eccentric General Electric light bulb ad that’s making the Internet rounds this week. Playing a Wayne Newton-esque charmer named Terry Quattro, Goldblum lounges in a hot tub and surrounds himself with babes while hawking the benefits of the GE Link connected LED bulb.

The ad’s virality has worked out well for GE, who probably realized that selling a product as mundane as light bulbs required an unusual approach. That’s why they hired Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, best known for their Cartoon Network show “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!” Common themes in “Awesome Show” include intentionally poor video editing, diarrhea, father/son relationships, awkward line delivery, and the use of eccentric people as extras. Tim and Eric have a cult following, but it seems unlikely that a century-old Fortune 500 corporation like GE would be among their fans.   (more…)

The bathrooms on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu

Inca trail bathroom sign

If you’re thinking of doing the 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu and you’re someone who appreciates modern plumbing, you’re probably wondering what the bathroom situation is like. Spoiler alert: not good.

I did the hike myself in early September of 2014, and because Google wasn’t that helpful in my pre-trip research in detailing what the toilets were like, I decided to document them and write this post for all of you Inca Trail hikers of the future. Here’s your poop trigger warning: some of these photos are gross. Also, I swear I’m not some toilet-obsessed person; I just appreciate knowing the details of what I’m getting into on trips, and bathrooms are a significant part of that.

This post is totally focused on toilets, so I’m abbreviating the rest of the trip. The quick summary: we spent a few days in Cusco to acclimate and hang out, then did the classic 3-night, 4-day hike with Inca Trail Reservations (who we loved and I recommend) to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail was beautiful and amazing, and it felt like a serious accomplishment to do it carrying our roughly 30-lb packs ourselves.   (more…)

The polarizing brilliance of Tim and Eric


Image: Cathy A. Fisher

Originally published on Medium.

People who have seen Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s work either love it or hate it. There isn’t much in between. The pair’s cult following ranges from Adult Swim fanboys to high-profile actors like Jeff Goldblum and Bob Odenkirk, but vocal detractors say it’s just stoner humor with gross-out imagery that doesn’t make sense.

The people who hate Tim and Eric don’t seem content to just avoid it; they actively trash it. There are forum posts all over the web saying things like “They are talentless hacks that aren’t worth the air they breathe” and that “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” “has to be the most childish stupid show in existence.” It’s like Tim and Eric is a members-only club that denied them entrance in a spectacularly rude and personal way, and now they want revenge.

To be fair, I’m in the other camp. I once won Tim and Eric’s costume contest on their tour by crossdressing as Casey’s brother. I have quotes and songs memorized. I own and have watched every season of Awesome Show dozens of times, and I refresh YouTube mentions of Tim and Eric a few times a week for anything new that they’ve released or that mentions them. (more…)

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