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After much hoopla, speculation and in some corners, excitement, it now appears Dumb And Dumber To won’t be happening. Carrey released a statement through his rep this morning confirming the news and citing lack of studio interest in moving forward as his determining factor to bail. Whether that means Warner Brothers and New Line were unwilling to spend the money or dismissive of all the early plot ideas is open to debate, but regardless of the reasoning, without a u-turn, we won’t be seeing any more severed bird heads.
On the one hand, this is horrible news. Carrey and co-star Jeff Daniels were wonderful as Lloyd and Harry, and even twenty years later, the original still has a certain charm about it. There’s something eternal about good-natured ignorance, and if done correctly, Dumb And Dumber To could have easily carried on all the good will and positive momentum earned with the first effort. Plus, the Farrelly Brothers likely would have been well served by returning to material they crushed before.
On the other hand, sequels rarely turn out the way fans would like them to, and whether rationally or irrationally, a certain percentage of moviegoers would have let this effort cloud their esteem of the first film if it wound up being disastrous. Carrey and Daniels both have the clout and power to make different, more original films, and Dumber And Dumber To could have potentially kept them from better projects.
On the whole, I don’t know how to feel. I can guarantee you I would have seen this film in theaters, but more than likely, it would have been a disappointment. What do you think? Is it a good thing Dumb And Dumber To got the big ugly axe? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…
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