For a while it looked like Dumb and Dumber 2 might not be happening after all, following Jim Carrey saying that he stepped away from the sequel. Co-star Jeff Daniels later clarified that the project is indeed coming together slower than Carrey had hoped for, but that the Farrelly Brothers are still intent on making the film (with Carrey) as soon as next year.
Bobby Farrelly lent further credence to that claim last month, while discussing the setup for the comedic followup to his and brother Pete Farrelly’s beloved lowbrow comedy. Now, both siblings have confirmed that the sequel will indeed be titled Dumb and Dumber To, as long rumored.
The Farrellys made the ‘announcement’ via Twitter, telling their followers “You also might be interested to know that we are almost done with the Dumb and Dumber To (sic) script. [We] think you’re going to like it.” However, the siblings refrained from spilling the beans on any other details – such as whether either Harry or Lloyd will be married in the sequel – other than to offer assurances that “they’re the same old guys” from the first film.
For our money: Dumb and Dumber To is an amusing title, but we were pulling for the sequel to be called Dumb and Dumber Too instead, since it would’ve worked as a funny, intentional, misuse of grammar – a reference to this technically being the third installment – after the woebegone prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (which the Farrellys were not responsible for) – and even a nod to how this followup will be arriving some two decades after the original.
On the other hand, at least the title pun is more appropriate here than with Star Trek Into Darkness, right? Moving on…
The quality of the Farellys’ movie output has been mixed since their ‘crowning achievement’ There’s Something About Mary back in 1998 – as evidenced by the varying reactions to raunchy comedies like Shallow Hal, The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass, and this year’s tamer offering, Three Stooges. It’s for that reason that many fans of the original D&Der are interested in Dumb and Dumber To, and remain cautiously optimistic about how it will turn out.
Carrey’s star has likewise been traveling a rough road over the past decade, but stands to be rejuvenated by his role as Colonel Stars in next year’s Kick-Ass 2. Daniels, meanwhile, has been doing well thanks to an ongoing role in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom and featured roles in movies like this week’s Looper. Hence, the two are actually in decent shape to return to their Dumb and Dumber roles – and attempt to recapture ‘the magic’ – so many years after the fact.
More on Dumb and Dumber To as the story develops.
Source: The Farrelly Brothers