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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.

When Harry and Lloyd Met Tom

Monday, November 3, 2014: The (“T-T-hey…the”) Regency Theater in Los Angeles was the destination for the premiere of a sequel that’s been in demand by its loyal fan base for the past 20 years. Yes, Dumb and Dumber To, with its original directors (The Farrelly brothers) and stars (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) really happened.

“I’m gonna hang by the bar, put out the vibe.”

For the first time since that benefit in Aspen with all those French people and salmon of Capistrano, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels donned a tuxedo in the discreet colors of orange and blue. Except, elite fashion designer Tom Ford (who has made suits for Daniel Craig’s 007) helped make that iconic fashion statement suitable (yes, that just happened) for 2014 with black pants and checker-patterned jackets with the trademark bow tie. The picture below is a modern throwback to the most famous custom-made suits in pop culture history.

(Richard Shotwell / AP)

(Richard Shotwell / AP)

But this wouldn’t be a true throwback on this Thursday without traveling back in time 20 years…

Put me down for two tickets, in case I want a second viewing.

Going Back to a Time When the Beer Flowed Like Wine

While the first two days of this week have been geared towards the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup (pardon the pun, but it totally works) this Thursday afternoon, today’s post will take a slight detour. Before predictions are made for both teams and players in Brazil tomorrow, Jimmy’s Daily Planet has to show a specific video for a specific sequel starring spectacularly dumb best friends. 20 years have past, yet it feels like just yesterday when blue and orange tuxedos with hats and canes were a fashion staple, a cardigan could be easily mistaken for a pullover and the “IOU” was viewed as an equivalent to cash (“Look, see this, that’s a car: 275 thou-, might want to hang onto that one”).

In this blogger’s view, Dumb and Dumber is the funniest movie ever made. Along with the superb writing that interwove a genuine emotional connection for these two clueless best buds, the casting of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne resonated far beyond a regular buddy comedy. These two were brilliant together, both comically and as each others’ reliably unreliable lifeline.

What have the Farrelly brothers set-up for Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne 20 years later as middle-aged men?

Like a good burger with just a little extra kick, here’s a taste of some of their modern day shenanigans:

Watching the new trailer is somewhat reminiscent of discovering mind-blowing news for the very first time…

“No way…that’s great. We landed on the Moon!”

It’s kind of like that.

Dumb and Dumber To hits theaters this November!

Happy Monday!

Warmth is (finally!) supposed to be ushered in by Mother Nature herself this afternoon with a forecast in the 60s in Columbus, Ohio. This could very well be the beginning of the much anticipated (and prayed for) Spring season! Accordingly, I began to think of a specific movie that features great weather and elements of sunny disposition juxtaposed with undeniable change sparked by bright splashes of color.

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time to start thinking about the pure pleasantness of Spring.

Happy Monday!