By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—It’s been two decades since Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey introduced the world to idiotic best friends Harry and Lloyd in “Dumb and Dumber.” In “Dumb and Dumber To,” the boys are older but definitely not a smidgen wiser.
Audiences find out in the opening sequence that Harry (Daniels) has been dutifully visiting Lloyd (Carrey) every week at a mental asylum where the latter is in a catatonic state. During a random visit, Lloyd bursts out laughing and reveals that the whole thing has been a prank he has been waiting to pull on Harry. Why 20 years? Because it’s funnier, according to Lloyd’s logic.
The same question could be posed to Daniels and Carrey, who basically agree that the time was right.
Both actors have enjoyed successful careers since the first “Dumb and Dumber.” Daniels stars in the hit drama series “The Newsroom,” and Carrey has starred in numerous box office comedies and a few dramas in the intervening years.
Arriving together for a press conference interview, it’s easy to see that these two men just picked up where they left off 20 years ago. The comedy sequel, or as Carrey calls it “chicquel,” reunites them with their “Dumb and Dumber” co-writers/co-directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly.
This time around, Harry and Lloyd go on a road trip to track down what they believe to be Harry’s long lost daughter. It’s not for sentimental reasons. Harry tells Lloyd he needs a kidney transplant and she may be the only one who can donate one.
Their misadventures take them on a quest for priceless formula that the girl is supposed to deliver at an important conference. Of course, there are some greedy folks that want the formula for themselves and have to stop Harry and Lloyd from getting to the girl before they do. Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle and “The Walking Dead’s” Laurie Holden also star.