Anticipation for a sequel to 1994's Dumb & Dumber has been brewing for almost two decades. Even when the idea for a second film started to come to fruition, a roller coaster of updates and doubts kept pouring in.
We first got word that the sequel was moving forward over two years ago. But then the movie almost lost Jim Carrey due to financial issues with Warner Bros./New Line. Shortly thereafter, Jeff Daniels assured everyone that the project was still alive and, after being dropped by WB, it was eventually picked up by Universal. When shooting began and further casting announcements were made, fans breathed a collective sigh of relief that the movie they've been waiting 20 years for was finally going to happen.
Those dreams came true big time for a select group a few nights ago when preview screening of Dumb and Dumber To took place in L.A. A theater full of lucky fans got a chance to see a very early draft of the film and obviously didn't adhere to any kind of public commentary restrictions that they may or may not have signed.
Now, with some help from /Film, we've got some gut reactions to the screening and thankfully it looks like the majority of them are positive.
I was lucky enough to see Dumb and Dumber 2 yesterday. Jim Carrey is back and it's funny as hell.
— ryanbiegel (@ryanbiegel) March 7, 2014
Dumb and Dumber To was hilarious. Everyone should watch it when it comes out!
— His Last Vow (@Dalarb) March 7, 2014
Was in the first audience ever to see Dumb and Dumber To and y'all should see it when it comes out in November cause that shit is FUNNY
— Breanna Wyant (@BreaParri) March 7, 2014
Dumb & Dumber To is freaking AMAZING! Top 5 Jim Carrey movies! And it was dope seeing the Marietta Square! #HardlyHomeButAlwaysReppin
— Myles Warden (@DJMighty) March 7, 2014
Just saw the first sneak preview of Dumb and Dumber To. Guess what? It was really funny. And I shook a Farrelly brother's hand! Yay to both!
— Tory Shulman (@iamtoryshulman) March 7, 2014
These reactions are a good sign that the Farrelly brothers, Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey are back on their game. Daniels, who has been on his own career high after winning an Emmy for his work on The Newsroom, teased that the sequel is going to feature even more gross-out humor than the original.
Though Carrey's stardom has slipped in recent years, he managed to remind everyone why he's a great comedic actor last week while presenting at the Oscars. After doing a rather hilarious impression of Nebraska actor Bruce Dern, he pulled his own, "Wow, I was way off!" Dumb & Dumber homage joke during one of the more humorous bits of the lengthy awards ceremony. Perhaps his appearance at the Oscars was the work of a certain Oscar-winning actress making a secret cameo in the film?
Now remember - there's a ways to go before the Dumb and Dumber sequel's release and the film is probably nowhere near its finished version. It's also worth pointing out that early reactions to screenings almost always receive high praise, even those movies that end being roundly panned by critics and audiences. But after all of this anticipation, we can't help but hope that Dumb and Dumber To is going to knock it out of the park.
Are you looking forward to Dumb and Dumber To?
Dumb and Dumber To opens in theaters on November 14th, 2014.
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