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From Smart to Dumb & Dumber to Smarter

Everyone thinks they know ‘Dumb & Dumber.’ It was an absurdly goofy movie from the ’90s. Case closed.

But that masterpiece was so much more.

Without diving into my veritable dissertation on the aforementioned comedic classic, it’s best to briefly let Jeff Daniels (“Harry Dunne”) give us fresh insight into the very real barriers he faced for wanting to act in…a comedic movie.

In some strange way, we have to be dumb–or perhaps a more polite combination of being humble with an eagerness to learn and try things–before we can genuinely realize if we are indeed smart in some cases.


Acting Like We Know

The following experience is coming from dumb or dumber

but either way, it’s smart.

How do we remain calm while performing stressful tasks?

Jeff Daniels, seen in the recent interview above, highlighted the necessity of the process and not merely the end result. The expression goes, “Fake it until you make it.” To varying degrees and situations, this is true. In his world, the process literally dealt with the well-known and uncertain “acting process.” For us, the process is likely different in our daily lives, though still filled with comedy and drama. Not to mention unstructured dynamics that are frustratingly opaque. And yet, it’s not unusual for these moments that are absent of control to morph and provide, oddly enough, a surprising path toward control and certainty.

Just a random example of perseverance and perspective from 1/2 of the legendary duo of the 1994 cinematic gold standard in comedy¬†Dumb and Dumber. Take a stand on something (pick-up the perfect snowball) and give it everything you’ve got.

Maybe you’ll get stuck (to a ski lift), but it’ll only be temporary.

There’s Dumb & There’s, You Know…

Summer, like a right angle, is just around the corner.

With the sun shining and birds singing, the time for planning that wondrous vacation has arrived. Let’s face it, there are three ways to travel: By air, by sea or by automobile.

Luckily, a lantern is no longer necessary for making this critically important decision.

In order to see the real Americana, everybody knows the experience of getting there is half the fun. Does this mean traveling Griswold-style in a wood panel station wagon? Yes. And it also means spotting a nice, tall building in your downtown, tipping it on its side, strapping some wheels on it and driving that across the country.

If you’re daring enough to accept this challenge, then Jeff Daniels has a few tips, which includes counting to three.

My guess is Jeff Daniels got his kicks on Route 66…as in literal kicks from his wife.

They’d Be Dumb Not Two

Harry Dunne: I can’t believe we drove around all day and there’s not a single job in this town. There is nothing, nada, zip!

Lloyd Christmas: Yeah, unless you wanna work 40 hours a week!

There is a brilliance to the simplistic awareness of the 1994 cult classic Dumb and Dumber. In my opinion, Dumb and Dumber is the funniest movie ever made. To say, “I like it a lot!” with the necessary mouth play is an understatement. Twenty years have passed and I still quote random lines from this movie with pride and gusto in virtually any situation, just like many, many, many other fans from around every corner. Aside from the quintessential boy humor (sans profanity, FYI), there is a story about two lovable losers, whose intellectual ceiling is waist high, that are truly struggling to function within society. And this gets to the heart of the story, which is one of the paramount reasons why this comedy endures. Let’s not neglect the perfect casting, writing, settings and clothing as well.

The jokes are laugh-out-loud hilarious, not mean-spirited and are intended to bring out the goofiest parts of ourselves. They dance on the line of appropriate and inappropriate for a mass audience, but don’t cross it. And haven’t we all been in one of these situations (to some extent) at least once before?

Who hasn’t fallen off the jet way?

As shown by the scene below, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne have been beaten down by their shortcomings and reveal an emotionally raw, dejected sadness about their plight. Again, we’ve all been there, whether it’s a relationship/series of failed relationships, a lost job or a wide-range of personal issues that can devastate a man or woman to his or her core. It hurts and it feels inevitable to continue. All that Lloyd and Harry have is themselves. But, what if there was just a sliver of hope in the form of a briefcase (what brand was it again?) that offered the tiniest glimmer of hope?

Friendship requires forgiveness and the opportunity to act foolishly. A lot of things in life demands seriousness and focus. Yes, absolutely. But, if these events are not complemented with instances of random silliness, then, well, that’s pretty dumb and boring. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta hop on the back of a hog and ride on the road of life to wherever it takes you. In all seriousness though, it should take you to Aspen. It’s “where the beer flows like wine.” Also, note the spectacular song (“Where I Find My Heaven” by Gigolo Aunts) in the clip.

Dumb and Dumber is a story about friendship, stupidity, heartache, love, delusion, hardships, personal happiness, physical comedy, innocence, amusement and, above all else, acting dumb…and then acting even dumber.

After decades of hesitation to make a sequel to such a fan favorite, many people have long assumed that a sequel with the original cast and crew would never happen. Too much time had passed. And now that it’s really happened, the most prominent questions being asked are:

Was it a good idea to make a sequel?

What effect(s) will the sequel have on the legacy of the original?

Will the sequel live up to the original in its fresh, unique comedic perfection?

If Dumb and Dumber To (which brings back the best comedy buddy duo of all-time in Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, as well as its directing duo of Bobby and Peter Farrelly) has incorporated the aforementioned elements of nostalgic boy humor, realities of life, quotable lines and an unforgettably inappropriate scene, then perhaps making this sequel to a beloved classic will prove to have been a smart move after all.

Dumb and Dumber To is now playing in movie theaters nationwide.

Oh, and I got worms.

Will Harry and Lloyd have worms?

Did Harry end up running a store specializing in worm farms?

I’d say the odds are like one in a million…just like the odds of a sequel finally being made.