By Dustin Brewer
Dustin takes a look at the first trailer for one of his most anticipated movies of the last 15 years, “Dumb and Dumber To” and if it could ever actually be as good as “Dumb and Dumber.”
There are three movies I feel confident in saying I know every line to, from front to back.
- Independence Day
- Forrest Gump
- Dumb and Dumber
As cliche as it is to say, “Dumb and Dumber” to me still holds up as the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. The “This is the End” and “MacGruber”s of the world run a close second but for me, something about the nonstop barrage of idiocy in “Dumb and Dumber” has solidified its’ spot as not just my favorite comedy, but one of my favorite movies period.
When I first heard a sequel was in the works, I became immediately skeptical and concerned that it was just a last gasp by the Farrelly Brothers to recapture their earlier success. I mean, their last three movies were “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Hall Pass” and “The Three Stooges” so it’s hard to say they’re still in the discussion of top comedy directors.
But then, good news began trickling in.
Stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were in, probably because Carrey’s been on a down note as of late and needs a hit and Jeff Daniels is probably excited to get away from serious stuff like “the Newsroom” and go back to what made him a star in the first place.
Plus, word broke that Jennifer Lawrence would make a cameo in it as the original is one of her favorite movies of all time or as I call it; Reason #369 why I’m bummed I’ll probably never get to meet her.
So now, after a few months of silence, Carrey and Daniels appeared on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to premiere the first trailer:
I gotta say, I’m starting to finally feel pretty good about this one.
Carrey and Daniels seem really excited to be playing these characters again and that makes it easier to ignore just how much older Jim Carrey is looking these days.
There’s not too much given away for plot (then again, does plot even matter?) but what we do know is that it involves Harry finding out (via a letter from 1991) that he fathered a daughter with the
philly, no it was a girl, that broke his heart: Fraida Felcher.
In addition to the big jokes like Harry ripping Lloyd’s catheter out, fans will notice staples of the first movie that have made their way back into part two. Lloyd’s sideways breath spray, reference to Mary Samsonite and they’re still living in the same exact apartment.
With how spotty the track record has been as of late for the Farrelly Brothers and even Jim Carrey, it was easy to chalk up a sequel 20 years later as nothing but a cash grab from fans’ nostalgia but after this first trailer, it seems more like a return to form for them with an intent to go even bigger and even dumber than they did before. The Farrelly’s seem to have finally remembered that for a time, no one did loveable dimwits better than them.
I’ll leave it to Jim Carrey to explain how I feel about the chances that “Dumb and Dumber To” can recreate the magic and live up to the first film’s legacy: