Dumb and Dumber To opened on Friday, marking the 20th anniversary of the first movie, which came out at a time when many of my Internet comedy peers and I were in middle school. The original Dumb and Dumber was an important film for a lot of us, because it taught us that even the most basic concept (two dumb guys on a road trip) can be perfectly executed with the right cast and team of writers.
It's also one of those things that was a product of its time -- we've been fine with just the one Dumb and Dumber movie for the past two decades, and the Farrelly brothers haven't done much in the intervening years to prove that we should be excited for them to revisit their masterpiece. Nobody saw Hall Pass and thought, "Wow, they should really get going on a There's Something About Mary sequel while they've still got the magic."
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"Actually, nobody saw Hall Pass period."
This past weekend's lucrative release of Dumb and Dumber: Orphaned Old Men Careen Recklessly Through Their Twilight Years Into Hollow Oblivion also coincides with a phenomenon I've been noticing lately that I'm going to call the Death of Nostalgia, because it's late and I've never been good at titling things. Nostalgia has been big business for the past decade and a half (the biggest franchises in the world right now are comics and toys we all played with growing up), but it seems like we've reached a tipping point where we've mined all we can from the '80s and '90s. Now we have this bizarre relationship with nostalgia, where we recognize that we should be excited about some new sequel or reboot, but can't for the life of us come up with a single good reason why.
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"Wow, a Baywatch reboot starring The Rock? That deserves to be the biggest story of the week ... we guess."