Dumb and Dumber To, because that is actually funny. Also, Uproxx picked up on Daniels and Carrey tweeting the posters, which are also actually funny. However, despite the return of the Farrelly brothers, this approach ignores a lot of really basic facts - facts that would make people with good taste shy away from this project. Let's recount them now, shall we?
First, DaD set up the Farrelly brothers' success. They really nailed it four years later with There's Something About Mary, but the critical and box office response for their work since then has been a matter of diminishing returns. Me, Myself, & Irene, Osmosis Jones, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch? They took a two year break, then a four year break. None of these really mirrored their earlier hits, and their 2012 The Three Stooges movie was not universally loved, either.
Second, comedy and society and whatnot are totally different today than they were in 1994. Is anyone sure that the same type of comedy would play as well in this post-Juno, post-Borat, post-Hangover world?
Next, there was an attempt at a new film in the franchise. It came out in 2003, it was a prequel with different actors, writers, and directors, and it failed miserably. And I won't discuss the 1995 cartoon series for TV at all. So at one time, it's been too long, and yet there's still a bit of oversaturation.
Finally, it is going to be quite difficult to pass this effort off as anything other than a cash grab. Yeah, foreign box office figures may well outweigh any failure here in the States, but that's become too typical an excuse lately.
It's entirely possibly that this cast and crew could strike gold again. It's at least as likely, for me, as it was the first time. But I have to admit that I am not optimistic at all about this latest case of sequel-itis.
Given how much time has passed, the idea of seeing more of Harold and Lloyd's misadventures seems even less necessary. Let's keep in mind that these guys are so dumb, it borders on laughing at people with very low IQs - and that's far less funny with characters who are exiting middle age. Carrey was 32 in '94, and Daniels was 39; I don't like that math.
And, since the existence of the picture needs to be justified quite strongly, Dumb and Dumber To will have to be terribly, terribly funny. While that could happen, I hate giving a film odds like that, or having such preconceptions, but there you have it.
Farbeit for me to say I'll age well, but Carrey's neck and eyes look a little odd with the same exact haircut; Daniels looks a little puffy, but s--t he's nearly 60. I do like that the premise taps into the slightly nasty side of these two lugs who sold a dead bird to a blind boy:
Harry and Lloyd head out in search for one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.