After the success of the first film, Dumb and Dumber back in 1994 exactly one decade ago, Harry and Lloyd are back yet again for a sequel in their latest installment, Dumb and Dumber To. Dumb and Dumber To is already a hit, raking in millions at the box office after only the first night of being released. The film sits at the top of the box office this weekend, with sales currently ranking over $14 million.
The 1994 film told the story of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two goofy friends from Providence, Rhode Island, that embarked on a cross-country adventure to Aspen, Colorado–all in the name of returning a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner. To Harry and Lloyd’s surprise, in the process of returning the briefcase, they were being sought after by a group of criminals who wanted to seize the briefcase from the two friends.
Written and directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, Dumb and Dumber, despite the reviews of some critics, surprisingly turned out to be a hit, and eventually, anticipated a sequel. Dumb and Dumber was a commercial box office hit that developed a cult following often seen as slapstick comedy films of this nature.
Although not quite as popular, the success of the first film established the foundation for additional projects like an animated television series, a prequel to the first one called Dumb and Dumber: When Harry Met Lloyd, which was released in 2003, but not starring Carrey and Daniels, and eventually the 2014 sequel Dumb and Dumber To. Despite the failure of the prequel and the fact that it took 10 years to finally release a sequel, the actors signed on once again to join forces and embark on their next adventure.
Dumb and Dumber To takes place 20 years after their first adventure, where Harry and Lloyd embark on yet another road trip–only this time to visit Harry’s recently discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption. In the beginning of the film, Lloyd has already spent the last 20 years in a mental institution while Harry visited him constantly, only to find out that Lloyd was playing a joke on him the whole time, and of course, Harry finds this hilarious.
Upon discovering a postcard from 1991, Harry learns that his old girlfriend, Fraida Felcher, had been trying to contact him to tell him that she was pregnant with his child. Fraida explained how she gave their daughter, Fanny, up for adoption and showed the guys a photo of what she looks like in the present day. Lloyd, overcome with love at first sight, convinces Harry to help him track her down. The two spend the rest of the film searching for Harry’s long lost daughter, while engaging in some hijinks along the way.
Dumb and Dumber To is a hit that currently sits at the top of the box office, outdoing previous hits from last week, such as Interstellar and Big Hero 6. Dumb and Dumber To is estimated to make over 35 million by the end of the weekend.
By Robert Masucci