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May 1st, 2014
This week you may have seen an edit imagining “what if Dumb and Dumber was an epic drama” instead of the greatest slapstick comedy of the last 20 years. I applaud the effort, for as we’ve seen before, some movies lend themselves to such drastic transformations. One of the best being Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, recut as a heart-warming family comedy. Unfortunately, the Dumb and Dumber recut wasn’t as convincing because there’s hardly a moment in the film that can pass for even one second of drama. It’s just that good.
And so, as we near the November 14 release date of the highly anticipated Dumb and Dumber sequel, Dumb And Dumber To, I have been wondering what it will take Bobby and Peter Farrelly, as well as stars Jim Carrey (Lloyd Christmas) and Jeff Daniels (Harry Dunne), to make this sequel live up to the original… Or at least prove that a sequel to a much beloved comedy doesn’t have to flop like Anchorman 2.
Without further ado, these are ten things I need from Dumb And Dumber To to make it a success.
1. The plot takes all kinds of tangents like the original did.
According to reports, Dumb and Dumber To “centres on Lloyd and Harry as they search the country for one of Harry’s long lost children, hoping to gain a new kidney once they find them.” Key words here are “search the country,” which suggests that another road trip is on the agenda. And so I hope, at least one hitchhiker.
2. They top the infamous toilet scene.
According to Jeff Daniels, they will. In an interview with E! last year, Harry himself said, “There are some things that’s we’re going to do in Dumb and Dumber To that make the toilet scene [in the original] seem lame. Pales in comparison and I can’t divulge what, but just that they’ve topped it.” We can only hope and pray he’s right.
4. Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t try to steal the show.
The Oscar winner’s not-so-secret cameo mainly happened because she’s such a die-hard fan of the original. And so she’ll be playing the younger version of Kathleen Turner’s character, Freda Felcher, Harry’s old girlfriend who slept with Lloyd. I have a feeling J-Law will be respectful of this role, considering she’s such a huge fan.
5. There is as much if not more sexual innuendo that is childish, perverted and completely innocent.
6. Co-star Rob Riggle is almost exactly like his character in Step Brothers.
7. There is at least one diss at an aging folk musician. Maybe this time Paul Simon?
8. Harland Williams reprises his role as the highway patrol officer.
9. The Mutt Cutts van returns. (Actually, I know this happens. And I couldn’t be happier.)
10. I exit the cinema like this…Tweet