7 Rules That Can Make “Dumb and Dumber To” Great
July 7, 2014 2 Comments
You’ve probably seen the Dumb and Dumber To trailer by now, and like most intelligent and level-headed human beings, you’re probably looking forward to seeing the movie as much as I am. You’d be hard-pressed to find an individual who doesn’t laugh themselves silly at the 1994 ultimate comedy of comedies, Dumb and Dumber.
But, just as with every other anticipated sequel, we all have our concerns that it won’t live up to its predecessor. I’ve put together a list of 7 rules the Farrelly brothers should follow if they want their sequel to measure up to their ingeniously-dumb and whacky magnum opus.
1. Little to no plot
The best recipe for a comedy is having very little to no plot. On the extremely rare occasion that I sit down for a comedy, I want to turn my brain off and watch well-written jokes – not follow a mediocre story. Just look at Napoleon Dynamite for a great example of how no plot can work wonders in a comedy’s favor.
2. Lots of mindless tangents
Now, in order for anything to be filmed or written, there does have to be some sort of story. But, hopefully Dumb and Dumber To will keep it second priority like the original did, and not shy away from countless detours.
3. Naivety with 21st century technology
A lot has happened in twenty years, and it looks like one of the comic duo has squandered his time on a two-decade long prank being locked away from the outside world. Now, while I hope this movie doesn’t go all Blast From the Past on us, it would be nice to see what kind of dumbness can come out of Harry and Lloyd figuring out other people’s iPads and iPhones and Androids.
4. Not being too crude
Part of the charm of the first movie was that it never really crossed the line into easy sexual innuendos or jokes. That’s a big part of what makes the movie a classic because it hardly falls prey to “easy” jokes. I’ll admit that the end of DDT’s trailer – the scene with the grandma – was a bit off-putting, but I did read somewhere that that’s the only awkward and cringe-worthy scene of the movie. But still, it’s the 21st century – our tolerance level has raised a bit, so we’ll see.
5. Horrifyingly terrible acts done out of naivety
Mary Sanson called the culprits who sold their dead bird to a blind kid “sick people.” Sick, yes. But also completely clueless, which is what makes Harry and Lloyd so much fun to watch.
6. Overdoing adolescent boy fantasies
I think most boys have had dreams like Lloyd’s where he’s fighting off would-be perverts with no consequences and making nonsensical jokes at gatherings and being the life of the party for it. I think the sequel would do well to have another sequence like this one.
7. Make no reference to 2003’s disaster, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Let’s just pretend that one didn’t happen. And if we can’t, then we’ll readily forgive the writers if they can pull this one off.
8. Welcome rude and ignorant comments
“Don’t you go dyin’ on me,” seems to be a favorite line from DD. True, it’s mean and extremely ignorant, but remember – the fun is in the cluelessness. In the case of Dumb and Dumber, ignorance really is bliss. (Oh, and if the victims get their payback, that’s nice, too.)
How do you think Dumb and Dumber To can be just as good as the original? Share your thoughts below!