On June 10, 2014, the first official trailer for the comedy "Dumber and Dumber To" premiered on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." (Universal Pictures, which is releasing the movie, and NBC are both part of NBC Universal.) Based on comments made on the Internet, most people are disappointed with the trailer and think that "Dumb and Dumber To" will be a stupid waste of time.
Production of "Dumb and Dumber To" began in Atlanta on Sept. 23, 2013. The movie is scheduled to be released in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 14, 2014. Filmmaking brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly directed the movie. And several screenwriters are credited for writing the "Dumb and Dumber To" screenplay: John Morris, Sean Anders, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin and Mike Cerrone. Whenever more than four writers receive credits on the same screenplay, it's usually a sign of a production that ends up getting bad reviews because of the "too many cooks in the kitchen" syndrome.
"Dumb and Dumber To" is the sequel to New Line Cinema's 1994 hit "Dumb and Dumber," which also starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two simple-minded friends named Lloyd Christmas (played by Carrey) and Harry Dunne (played by Daniels). According to Universal Pictures, in "Dumb and Dumber To." Lloyd and Harry go "on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given."
"Dumb and Dumber" (which was also directed by the Farrelly brothers) got mixed reviews from critics but was a big hit at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, "Dumb and Dumber" grossed $127 million in the U.S. and $247 million worldwide.
Carrey and Daniels were not involved with the 2003 prequel movie "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd," which was a big flop with critics and movie audiences. In that movie, Eric Christian Olsen played a younger version of Lloyd Christmas, while Derek Richardson played a younger version of Harry Dunne.
On Sept. 22, Daniels talked briefly about "Dumb and Dumber To" during a press conference at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, where he won the prize for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his role in the HBO series "The Newsroom."
When Daniels was asked what is the strangest and best thing he is looking forward to doing in "Dumber and Dumber To," he replied, "There are things that we're going to do in 'Dumb and Dumber To' that make the toilet scene look lame — pales in comparison. I can't divulge what, just that they've topped it. And the best thing about it? I get to work with a comedic genius [Jim Carrey]."
Here is a sampling of Internet reactions to the first "Dumb and Dumber To" trailer:
From the official "Dumb and Dumber" Facebook page:
"Oh man this does not look good at all what a shame."
"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!"
"Good or not... I'm going to see it."
"This looks just dreadful."
"Agreed maybe my sense of humor would have liked this when I was 12 when I saw the first one."
"I'm afraid this is gonna try way too hard to have funny lines and memorable scenes and won't come across as natural as the original."
"I was psyched until I saw this trailer.
"Was a big fan of the first movie...this one looks bad...wow."
"Man I'm scared, somebody hold me. I've been waiting for this sequel ever since the original, and best movie of all time... That trailer looked horrible."
"I've watched the original probably over 100 times, and I know it by heart. Hear me out: this kinda does look bad The humor is too raunchy, it looks like they are trying too hard. They put in references to the past movie that didn't seem to fit. Parts did seem funny, but this seems more like that dumb Seth McFarlane humor rather than the classic solid 90's dumb humor. It just seems they are trying too hard to top the original."
"I totally agree....hopefully they saved the real original funny scenes not in the trailer......I'm hoping it's half as good at least."
"I hope those are deleted scenes."
"Sorry to say but I'm going into this one with low expectations."
"Total garbage. I'm a huge fan of the first one, but I won't be seeing this one. They're trying way too hard and it's going to flop."
"After rewatching, every joke seems too over the top and tries too hard. The original had great subtle humor which hopefully is also in the sequel despite the trailer. Ik most people also don't see this movie for the great acting but even the acting seems over the top. I had such high hopes but will see it anyway!"
"Reused clichés along with recycled, childish material. Dialogue seems immature even for this kind of film. Looks 'dumb.' Had higher hope's for this one."
"I loved the first one but i agree this is disappointing. Not funny."
"You expected this to be a smart comedy? Look at the title. Dumb and dumber.....TO. Yes it will be childish with toilet jokes and stuff recycled from the last one."
"Hate to say it, but you're right. I laughed so hard at the beginning of the trailer when Carrey was in the wheelchair with the beard, and then.... then it just started going downhill. My smile slowly turned throughout the video, until at the end it was a look of horror. I wish I could say I was looking forward to this movie, but Anchorman 2, The Three Stooges, even movies like the fourth Pirates of the Carribean... All sequals designed with one purpose: To make money, even if it means making the exact same movie and slabbing a different title onto it. And from the look of the trailer, this looks to be no different."
"It seems like every movie these days has to have sex gags in it. As a fan of the first movie, I felt weird watching this one. This movie is 15 years too late."