In Theatres: Harry, Lloyd return with ‘Dumb and Dumber To’; Jon Stewart’s directorial debut ‘Rosewater’

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return 20 years later for the sequel to their 1994 comedy hit 'Dumb and Dumber'.

'Dumb and Dumber To' is released into cinemas on Friday

'Dumb and Dumber To' is released into cinemas on Friday



It’s here. It’s finally, finally here.

20 years later, after countless re-quotes and the reliving of unforgettable moments (the snowball fight, the unknown lunar landing, Cam Neely’s performance as Sea Bass, the airport scene) among buddies who can lip sync the movie verbatim, we finally have a sequel to Dumb and Dumber.

Prepare to be disappointed. Well, just manage your expectations. The hype has been marinating for two decades and, over that time, Carrey and Daniels have aged along with the 90’s formula for funny.

Dumb and Dumber To will be criticized if it strays from its predecessor, but it will be skewered for copying it. And the first one, was that any sort of a critical darling, anyway? Of course not.

So far, it has just a 29 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Which makes it, well, rotten. But the ’94 film has just a 65 per cent rating – and that’s taking hindsight into account.

Don’t worry about the thumbs up, the thumbs down, or the stars out of five.

If you’re going to see it, try to enjoy it. Enjoy being stupid for a couple hours. Can that really be so hard?

Rosewater

Also premiering this weekend is Jon Stewart’s directorial effort Rosewater, the story of jailed Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was captured, interrogated, and imprisoned for 118 days in 2009.

The Daily Show host’s film stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Bahari, and it’s based on his best-selling memoir, And Then They Came For Me.

Rosewater premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this fall.