The Internet has exploded. Why? Because a sequel 20 years and hundreds of re-watches in the making is finally – almost – upon us.
Chances are, you stumbled across the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To on Facebook, because a few of your friends watch Fallon and they lost their minds just minutes before you’d lose yours. At first, you resisted watching the thing, like, right away – why shoot your wad so soon? After all, you still have the last few episodes of Orange is the New Black to get through (and you’re also busy watching the full eight available seasons of How I Met Your Mother for the sixth time, but you’re telling everyone you’re watching the NBA Finals) and you can’t quite bring yourself to close that Netflix window.
But then you did. You watched the trailer. And once you were finally convinced it wasn’t just a skit for Fallon’s giggly sake, you were psyched. And you don’t even remember seeing anything funny, or remember any moments from it in particular.
Dumb and Dumber only has a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For a film two decades old and for the following it has, that’s awful. But Dumb and Dumber wasn’t made for the critics. It wasn’t made for Jeff Daniels, who’s so grumpy in every interview I’ve seen him do since that fake one on The Chris Farley Show, I think his real name may actually be Will McAvoy. It was probably made a little bit for Jim Carrey, because he was the biggest damn thing in the world in 1994, and so was his comedy.
But really, Dumb and Dumber was made for you and me, just like this land.
I confidently consider it to be the funniest movie of all-time, and even thought I’ve watched it more than Michael Jordan watches highlights of his own games, I see something new, something brilliant, something hilarious every time it infiltrates my cable box and I slouch my fat butt further into my comfy couch. Dumb and Dumber has quite realistically taken days from my life I will never get back… good. My TV can have them. The movie keeps giving, from scenes I laughed at uncontrollably when I was 10 or 12 – the pissing in the bottle bit, the blind kid petting the headless bird, and the diner scene where Harry and Lloyd kill the guy with the ulcer – to other moments I’ve only realized were funny as I got older – the gloves in the Rockies, the John Denver rip, and the fact that both Cam Neely and the cougar from Blank Check are in the movie. And then there are parts that are so stupid and well-known – the ‘WE LANDED ON THE MOON!’ and the ending scene with the Hawaiian Tropic girls – and you can’t help but chuckle. You’ve seen them too many times to be shocked or surprised, but they’re already in the Hall of Fame. There are even deleted scenes. Maybe you haven’t discovered those yet, and Merry (Lloyd) Christmas if that’s the case.
So, I’ll be there. I’ll look forward to November like everyone else obsessed with that iconic, so-90’s film. And I don’t even know if it’ll be funny. And I don’t care. I don’t think it was ever supposed to be. The name of the movie is Dumb and Dumber. It’s immature gold, for the teenager in all of us lunkheads.
Here’s the beginning of the summary from Rotten Tomatoes: “A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors.”
You call that a criticism?