It looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a year of comedy sequels. Last week, Will Ferrell dressed as his alter-ego Ron Burgundy to walk onto "Conan" and announce that he and Adam McKay were signed to start work on "Anchorman 2," and the Internet was set afire with excitement, and a little trepidation by fans hoping that it'll live up to the original. Now we're getting word that one of the biggest comedies of the 1990s is going to get the sequel treatment as well.
Peter Farrely, one half of the duo that brought us "There's Something About Mary," announced over the weekend that "Dumb and Dumber 2" will happen, and that they have both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels signed on to reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd, a pair of bumbling and bungling friends whose last adventure took them to the town of Aspen (where beer flows like wine, in case you forgot), with a briefcase full of money.
The film was a big breakout success for Carrey and the Farrely brothers, and helped launch them into the next stage of their careers. As with any sequel, there's a chance for things to not quite work. Just ask Carrey about his sequel to "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." However, we think there are more than a few reasons why "Dumb and Dumber 2" will be a big hit, and here are three.
Jim and Jeff Are Back! - It really does mean everything that both of the original stars signed on to do this film. Some may recall "Dumb and Dumberer," a box office flop of a sequel that the studio put together. One of the many reasons that film was a failure was that Daniels and Carrey are the primary reason the first film worked. After all, it was basically the story of two people so unintelligent no one would want to know them in real life. Yet they played Lloyd and Harry with such heart that it was easy to forgive their lack of intellect and just buy into the multitude of laughs.
It's Been Almost 20 Years - At first glance, the time between 1994, when the first film was released, and 2013 when the sequel should hit theaters is a scary proposition. However, to us the fact that so much time has passed is one of the biggest assets this film has going for it. Depending on the script, the two men could be twenty years older than they were before, which opens up the comedic possibilities. Will they have gained any wisdom in the last two decades, or will they just simply be much older but just as dumb? We can't wait to find out!
Carrey's Return to Form? - It's been quite a while since "The Mask" star did a broad-ranged comedy like this. He put himself on the map playing over-the-top, bizarre characters in films, but then transitioned into more serious, and more focused character work. While he certainly gave some great performances in films like "Man on the Moon" and "The Truman Show," we're all very excited to see Jim step back into the world of kooky and quirky characters one more time. It should be fun to see if he's still got the chops.
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