It has been twenty years since Dumb and Dumber first arrived on the big screen, and ever since that moment, people have been wondering when the two greatest bumbling idiots of all time would return.
Jim Carrey is notorious for abstaining from sequels, and Jeff Daniels has made quite a serious career for himself with roles like Will McAvoy in HBO’s The Newsroom. By all means, Dumb and Dumber To was a movie everyone wanted, but no one expected. Lucky for us however, Daniels and Carrey love Harry and Lloyd just as much as we do, and are gracing cinemas everywhere, once again, with their wonderfully stupid humor.
If you’re planning on seeing this movie, which I really recommend you do, the first bit of advice I would give is to watch the original first. As is true with any great sequel, half the fun of a second movie is having subtle references to the best parts of the original. If you watch the original over again, you’re sure to catch small subtleties that will make the movie going experience even more pleasurable. Whether that be the music Lloyd hears when he falls in love, the return of the Shaggin’ Wagon, or the cameo by Sea Bass in the post credit scene, Dumb and Dumber To has no shortage of hilarious throwbacks.
And while those throwbacks do add a lot of fun to the movie, there is no denying the films greatest aspect is its two main characters Harry and Lloyd. It may have been twenty years since they last worked together, but right off the bat you can tell that Carrey and Daniels have a personal chemistry that goes much deeper than what is just onscreen.
Another great aspect that really helped move the film along was the return of the Farrelly brothers. As writers/directors/producers of both Dumb and Dumber To and the original, it was great to see all the major players coming back in support of this project.
What I’m about to say next will be controversial, and I know there are going to be hundreds of people out there who are going to disagree with me, but I have to say it regardless.
I really think that this is one of those rare cases when the sequel eclipses the original.
Harry and Lloyd might be older, but don’t for one minute think they have matured. It’s quite the opposite. The duo is just as dumb as ever and even more prone to hilarious antics that make you cringe and laugh at the same time.
As far as the jokes go, they’re non-stop and sidesplitting. If you think that poop jokes and physical humor are beneath you, you’re wrong. I don’t care who you are, a well-timed fart gag by Lloyd and Harry will always be funny, and is sure to have everyone in the theatre cracking up.
As always, no movie is perfect, and there are plenty of quarrels I do have with this film. Unlike my usual reviews however, I’m choosing not to list them here.
Anybody going into this movie should be well aware of what to expect, a sequel to one of the most pointless, ridiculous, downright stupid movies ever, and if you’re expecting to see anything else, and I mean anything else, you’re going to have a bad time. Take this movie for what it is, and if you can’t, you’re better off leaving it alone, it’s as simple as that.
Dumb and Dumber To hits theaters everywhere Friday, November 14.