Alright, alright, we realize that when Jim Carrey left the upcoming Dumb And Dumber sequel it probably should have signalled a death knell for the project, but even without the rubber-faced star of the original Dumb And Dumber, directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly are still making this thing. To prove it the latter has offered a tidy little plot synopsis for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled Dumb And Dumber sequel:
I can tell you that there is no growth out of either [protagonists Harry or Lloyd] and it’s 20 years later. What is funny about the original is that they’re grown men who are complete losers and when the studio came to us about a sequel, we were like, ‘Loads of kids are losers and they’re dumb.’ We didn’t see any value in the sequel so we backed out of it, but now these guys are in regular life and they’re still basically children at heart.
The story revolves around the fact that one of them may have sired a child. They want to go and find the child because he’s having a kidney problem and he wants to ask him for one of his kidneys.
Hm, as much as we don’t see a great future for this flick without Jim Carrey’s mug plastered across any and all promotional materials spawned by this movie, that’s actually not a bad plot. It’s a bit dark, but we could see that meshing well with the series’ trademark slapstick, absurdist comedy. Again, we can’t see it working out sans Carrey, but at least the Farrellys have a pretty respectable story to work from.
Then again, that’d probably be a more accurate statement had we written it a decade ago. In the years since hitting it big with Dumb And Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, the Farrelly’s have had middling success at best. Did any of you see the brothers’ recent Three Stooges film? We’re guessing “no,” so trust us when we tell you that it wasn’t the pinnacle of cinematic craftsmanship. If anything it seems like the Farrellys’ hits are the exception rather than the rule, and trying to make a brilliant comedy without the actor who made the first Dumb And Dumber so infinitely entertaining seems like an insurmountably difficult goal for the people responsible for 2001’s Shallow Hal.
Then again, maybe we’re being too cynical. It’s not like we were expecting much from the first Dumb And Dumber film, so maybe this follow up will also blow away our preconceived notions. Statistically that’s not likely (we’re pretty great at what we do), but we’ll try to keep an open mind, at least until this thing hits theaters and critics are given a chance to properly tear into it.