Speculation on Dumb and Dumber To has been running high ever since Jeff Daniels confirmed that a sequel to the 1994 gross-out comedy was in the works. The original Farrelly Brothers comedy, Dumb and Dumber, was a surprise hit. It set off a firestorm of raunch one-upmanship among filmmakers that is still alive and well today, seen in such successes as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and both of the Anchorman movies.
So, what happens when the proverbial "parents" of gross-out comedy make a sequel that attempts to out-gross their prodigal sons?
The trailer for Dumb and Dumber To happens.
Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey are back to reprise their roles as the dim-witted Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas. The two reunite after Harry finds out that, as a gag, Lloyd has been faking a catatonic state at a mental institution for the past 20 years. They then set out to find a daughter Harry never knew he had, echoing the successful road-trip model seen in the original film.
But will audiences enjoy the ride the Farrellys and the now-older Daniels and Carrey want to take them on? Or have we become too immersed in current Apatowian trends for a reboot like Dumb and Dumber To to be able to live up to the hype?
One thing's for certain: The Farrellys didn't pull any punches with this trailer. From the moment we see Harry yank Lloyd’s catheter to the second the dust literally settles from an incredibly unfortunate run-in between Lloyd and someone's grandma, audiences are made to feel that Dumb and Dumber To is definitely testing comedic boundaries.
Dumb and Dumber To opens in theaters November 14.
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