It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels (who, it should be noted, got billing above the one-time box office titan) donned ridiculously bad tuxedoes and charmed the world with the non-stop stupidity of "Dumb and Dumber." But, this being the Hollywood of 2014, which is desperate to revive any property, no matter how old or irrelevant, just because of passing name recognition (there was, we should remember, a "Red Dawn" remake), Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) are back and dumber than ever in "Dumb and Dumber To."

In this long-overdue sequel, Harry and Lloyd are attempting to track down Harry's long-lost daughter, since he is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. So, of course, a wacky road trip comedy ensues, and plenty of gross-out humor is to be had.

But does this movie scratch that "Dumb and Dumber"-related itch that you've been dying to indulge or is this something that is better left to a year from now, when you see it flicker across TNT one Saturday afternoon and wonder "Is this the first one? Oh no, it must be the sequel. Ah hell I'll watch it anyway." Read on to find out.

1. It Has Nothing to Do With "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd..."
Let us take a moment to remember that there has already been another "Dumb and Dumber" movie in the form of "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd," an ill-advised prequel that imagined the duo in their high school days. This, mercifully, has nothing to do with that film, which featured an entirely different creative team (the Farrelly Brothers returned for this film) and virtually no connection to the original film. If you are a hardcore "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" fan, we apologize in advance; there's nothing for you here.

2. ... Or the animated series follow-up
Yes, there was once a cartoon. And no, this movie has nothing to do with that either. This will all be included in our coffee table book detailing "Dumb and Dumber"-related miscellanea. It'll be out in time for Christmas, don't worry.

3. It's 110 Minutes Long
Maybe this should have been the first thing you know about this movie, because it could give you an adequate amount of time to ponder over what you could be doing with that time instead of watching "Dumb and Dumber To." You could work on finishing your detective novel, write a letter to your local congressman, or eat spoonful after spoonful of delicious chocolate ice cream. 110 minutes is a really long running time for a comedy not produced by Judd Apatow, it's even longer for "Dumb and Dumber To."

4. Jennifer Lawrence's Scenes Have Been Cut
There are competing theories about what happened to the scenes that Jennifer Lawrence supposedly filmed for "Dumb and Dumber To." At a recent press junket, the Farrelly Brothers and various members of the production claimed that she had never shot her sequences, but other reports suggest that they were shot and that the actress herself had nixed them. There are flashbacks with her character (she plays the younger version of a character played by Kathleen Turner) and we could have sworn that it was her voice and body, even if you never see her face. Regardless, those looking for a little Katniss in their "Dumb and Dumber To" will have to look elsewhere.

5. Time Has Made Fools of Us All
Carrey and Daniels (and Kathleen Turner) look really, really old. That makes all of their tomfoolery sadder and somewhat more desperate. This is the downfall of mounting a sequel two decades after the original.

6. It's Almost Exactly the Same as the First Movie
Structurally and on a narrative-level, "Dumb and Dumber To" is almost exactly the same as the first movie. There is the aforementioned road trip element, there's a criminal element (that involves Laurie Holden from "Walking Dead) and a whole bunch of comic mishaps along the way. Harry and Lloyd get stuck with a thuggish third wheel, accidentally create chaos along the way, and are generally insufferable. This one is more overstuffed in the third act, perhaps a result of the movie's six (!) credited writers.

7. Rob Riggle Is in It
He's better than this. He has to be. The entire time he was on screen, I just kept thinking of him in "Step Brothers" and how funny he is and the way he said "Pow!" repeatedly in that movie in a manner that cracked me up. But sadly, he doesn't get any jokes here that make you laugh, let alone grin. But hey, it's hard not to love Rob Riggle.

8. Did You Catch the Part About How Six People Wrote This Movie?
Let their names be shared for the history books: Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, John Morris, Bennet Yellin, and Mike Cerrone. If you see any of these men, do not approach them. Just call the proper authorities and they will be dealt with accordingly.

9. Empire of the Sun Did the Score (Not That You'd Notice)
One of the more exciting aspects of "Dumb and Dumber To" was the fact that glittery electro-pop outfit Empire of the Sun would be providing the film's score. There is maybe 15 minutes of actual original music and possibly a new song of theirs in the film. Otherwise it's hackneyed, recycled pop music and cues from the original movie.

10. You'll Probably Never Want to See These Characters Again
The Farrelly Brothers and Jeff Daniels have talked openly while doing press for this movie that they're already thinking about a third. Please pray that doesn't happen. This is it. The nail in the coffin. No more "Dumb and Dumber."

Dumb and Dumber To
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