The 1994 comedy hit Dumb and Dumber is one of our all-time favorite movies – a triumph of low-brow humor written, produced and directed by the Farrelly Brothers (the comedic geniuses who brought us There’s Something About Mary).
Two decades later the brothers are back with Dumb and Dumber To – a sequel slated for release next year.
Can they recapture the magic? And perhaps more importantly … should they be trying?
Dumb and Dumber To will make Universal Pictures tens of millions of dollars. That much was guaranteed the moment the Farrellys inked Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne (former Boston Bruins’ star Cam Neely is also back, reprising his role as repressed homosexual truck stop bully “Sea Bass”).
Throw in bombshell Laurie Heldon (of The Walking Dead fame) as the film’s antagonist and all the ingredients are there …
Still, the original Dumb and Dumber strikes us as one of those movies that should have been permitted to stand on its own merit. After receiving ho-hum initial reviews it quickly became a cult classic – making a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide (on a $17 million budget).
There’s a reason for that, too. Seriously … unless you are offended by jokes about dead birds or bodily functions, Dumb and Dumber is the perfect comedy film: A masterpiece of misunderstanding and memorable one-liners.
Anyway … like most fans of the original, we will definitely watch (and probably enjoy) Dumb and Dumber To. But that doesn’t mean Hollywood should be making it.