Dumb and Dumber To is in a very fragile position. A sequel 20 years in the making, its beloved original surely made it very tempting to rely on old punchlines and gags to get laughs. This is often the problem with comedy sequels: they try to take the same formula and jokes that worked the first time, repackage them only very slightly, then try to pass them off as new.
Keeping all this in mind, you’d be forgiven if you greeted this new trailer for Dumb and Dumber To with skepticism as you hear Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels begin their old “Mockingbird” call and response. However, from there, things actually take a very pleasant turn.
Compared with the first trailer, the movie actually looks pretty promising. “Harry and Lloyd are stupid” can still work as the central plot device of the film, but it needs to be applied in new ways. If the joke at the end of the trailer is any indication, we might have a legitimately funny movie on our hands.