“Dumb and Dumber 2” got some pretty bad reviews. It is, after all, a movie about a couple of idiots who drive around in a furry dog-car. So why did it make so much money? How did it soundly defeat Christopher Nolan’s new movie?
To start with, Nolan’s “Interstellar” has been critically praised but does not appear to be as loved as “Inception” or his Batman films. Many movie goers are critical of Nolan’s odd choice to have certain sections of dialogue in his movie be purposely hard to hear or understand. That may be a case of directorial hubris that alienated him from his own viewers a bit, which is certainly not an issue for the Farrelly brothers.
I didn’t end up seeing it over the weekend because I was busy on Crunchbase, but my buddy Jared Haftel said that “Dumb and Dumber To” includes catheter jokes and a cat named “Butthole”. It’s basically 2 hours of goofy, slightly offensive stupidity.
People flock to see films like this in droves. Many wonder why Adam Sandler’s films like “Grown Ups” rake in millions while more thoughtful films play to empty theaters.
It’s pretty simple, really. Many more serious films deal with concepts such as death, violence or difficult subject matter.
People are happy to plunk down their money to get away from the bad stuff and just laugh at some stupid stuff for a while. It doesn’t mean that America is full of stupid people. It just means that a lot of people could use a bit more happiness in their lives.