15 Comedy Sequels That Make Us Worried For ‘The Hangover Part II’

Tuesday, May 24 by
 

As you know, The Hangover Part II premiers this weekend. And while the hype surrounding Todd Phillips‘ latest comedy almost guarantees it will be a hit, the quality of the film is yet to be determined. I’m really hoping it turns out well. Unfortunately, it probably needs a lot more than my well wishes in order to succeed. If history teaches us anything, it’s that sequels to blockbuster comedy films are usually garbage. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the following 15 examples (although I probably could have listed 25). Let’s hope The Hangover Part II can buck the trend.

Note: There are many comedy sequels worse than the films listed here. But in our opinion, these are the most disappointing.

Major League II (1994)

Major League is to Major League II what Wesley Snipes is to Omar Epps. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that Omar Epps replaced Wesley Snipes in the role of Willie Mays Hayes for the second installment. At any rate, the first film was fun to watch because it involved a group of underdogs overcoming the odds. Once they won their division at the end of the first film, they were no longer underdogs, so who gives a damn?

Sister Act II: Back in the Habit (1993)

Forcing a degenerate character played by Whoopi Goldberg to live with a bunch of devout nuns just screams comedy, especially if you’re a middle-aged woman. But for the sequel, Whoopi’s character returns of her own free will to help teach at the school. Since she wasn’t forced to be there, the tension was gone. Besides that, adding a class full of teenage minority stereotypes really didn’t help.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

The first Ace Ventura was stupid, yet hilarious. The sequel was also stupid, but was lacking in the hilarity department. Save for the Rhino-birth scene, I’m not sure there’s a single laugh to be found in this horribly thrown together follow-up.

Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983)

How do you make a comedy about teens trying to get laid after all of the characters have already gotten laid? In all fairness, American Pie II was a tolerable film, so it can be done. But don’t ask the people behind Porky’s II how to do it, because they clearly don’t know.

Blue Brothers 2000 (1998)

I don’t use the word atrocity often, mainly because I don’t go to a lot of war-crime tribunals. But to fans of the original Blues Brothers, this film was like the Mai Lai Massacre. And as with Mai Lai, most of those responsible were never held accountable for their actions.

Weekend at Bernie‘s II (1993)

Weekend at Bernie’s managed to stretch an already thin premise to the breaking point, but it resulted in a surprisingly tolerable film. The sequel had no such luck, and quickly devolved into a first-class shit show. Given the nature of the film, I’m willing to suspend disbelieve to a point. But once the reanimated corpse was magically dancing around on its own, I called shenanigans. Unfortunately, I was watching the film by myself because everyone else was at the prom, so no one heard me.

Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Considering the great work Jason Bateman has done over the past ten years, it’s easy to forget he was in Teen Wolf Too. But I didn’t forget. And I never friggen will. On a side note, if a sequel has the word “too” in it, there’s a 99% chance it’s going to suck. Which brings us “too” our next film.

Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)

Although it is seldom accomplished, there’s always a need to try and improve upon the original when making a sequel. If your big idea to improve upon your film is to add a voice over of Roseanne, you might as well not try at all. Although compared to Look Who’s Talking Now, this film looks like The Godfather II.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

Technically, this film is a prequel, so maybe it doesn’t belong on the list. Oh well.

In theory, the idea of the Star Wars prequels was promising because the original films set up an entire universe of colorful characters that people cared about, complete with an interesting back story. Sure, it didn’t turn out well, but the potential was there. Was there any potential for a Dumb and Dumber prequel starring two guys who look like Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels? We’re not talking about the origin of the Jedi, here. We’re talking about a couple of morons. Who cares how they met?

Evan Almighty (2007)

Man, Jim Carrey films are really prevalent on this list (Note: I meant the original films: Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty). That said, he can’t be held accountable for Evan Almighty. I know the film is supposed to have a heartfelt message about faith, but what kind of loving god would allow a movie like this to get made?

European Vacation (1985)

Vacation was a film that just about everybody could relate to. At one point or another, most of us have been forced to partake in the forced family fun that is a road trip. On the other hand, most of us have no taken part in an all-expenses paid European adventure that we won on a pig-themed game show. The franchise redeemed itself with Christmas Vacation, probably because almost everyone has had to deal with family members during the holidays. But, everything went back to hell with Vegas Vacation.

Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)

The problem with making a sequel to a parody film is that the characters have almost no room to grow. Sure, you can stick them in a different, crazier situations, but it can’t help but feel like a retread of the original plot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’re in the mood for more of the same, and the Naked Gun II isn’t a horrible film on its own. But when compared to the original, there’s really no reason for it to exist.

Austin Powers II (1999)

Taking a swinging spy from the 60′s and dropping him into the post Cold-War era made for one of the funnier comedies of the past twenty years. But putting the fish back into water via a time travel plot just didn’t work. Instead of watching a guy make a fool out of himself, the sequel showed us an idiot interacting with a bunch of other like-minded idiots. That’s not funny, and after a while, it’s just annoying. To this day, any time someone says “yeah, baby,” I want to punch them in the face.

Caddyshack II (1988)

Caddyshack is one of the all-time classic comedy films. Unfortunately, Caddyshack II is one of the all-time worst sequels. Why is there such a drastic difference? The cast! Besides cameos by Chevy Chase and the gopher, I don’t think there’s a single character from the original film. What’s the point of making a sequel when the only connection to the original is the setting (Bushwood County Club)? That’s like making a sequel to The Big Lebowski, and having the only connection be the bowling alley.

Ghostbusters II (1989)

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And with that, I give you the mother of all disappointing comedy sequels, Ghostbusters II. It’s hard to put my finger on where the film goes wrong. Is a talking painting really that stupid when compared to a ghostly librarian? Is a walking statue really that much worse than giant marshmallow man (well, yes it is, but that’s an argument for a different article). I think at the end of the day, Ghostbusters II just couldn’t live up to the hype surrounding it. Then again, how could it be expected to do so, considering the original might be the greatest comedy of all time (screw you, Tootsie). Here’s hoping The Hangover Part II doesn’t share the same fate.

COMMENTS

  1. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    bananabanger

    I don’t understand the Evan Almighty comment, Jim Carrey wasn’t in it…and had nothing to do with the film, I understand it had to do with Bruce Almighty in theory – but did it really??

    Jim Carrey also had nothing to do with Dumb and Dumberer…so his only film on the list that he actually starred in – or had anything to do with, is, Ace Ventura 2, which there are a multitude of funny scenes in. Sure it will never be as good as the original – but as far as a stinker of a sequel? Hollywood has many more turds of disastrous quality to offer up in the “failed sequel” department. How about Men in Black 2? Good lord…Arthur 2: On the Rocks, A very Brady Sequel, Airplane 2, Scary Movie 2, Legally Blond 2, I’m sure there is more….


  2. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Fair enough on the Carrey comment. I may change or remove it. Previously, i had the original films listed as well, so when I wrote that comment, both D and D and B.A. were mentioned. Having taken those out, it makes even less sense for me to point out Carrey.

    That said, I think Ace Ventura 2 is an awful film (besides the Rhino scene). All of the films you mention are also awful, but like I said in the intro, I easily could have made a list of 25. I had to leave some out, and those didn’t make it.


  3. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Kipgilroy

    Ghostbusters II is not as good as the original but not a bad movie at all and is mostly hilarious especially in comparison to the others on this list. I don’t know what people think is bad about it at all as I’ve never heard a real argument and your “mother of all disappointing comedy sequels” choice is not given the least bit of explanation.

    Also the second Naked Gun is my favorite so I can’t begin to wrap my head around that either. “That’s an awfully big mustache” is sheer brilliance.


  4. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    It’s not the worst movie on the list, but in my opinion, it’s the most disappointing. As I said, it has a lot to live up to with the first one, so maybe it’s just an expectation game. But still, if you’re going to expand on a classic, you run that risk.


  5. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Jim

    Sequels are rarely as good as the originals, fewer still are better than the originals.
    I’d be interested to know which comedy sequels you thought were good.
    I’m a fan of action comedies like Bad Boys 2, and Back To the Future part 2, they are played mostly for laughs, but do they fit the bill?


  6. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    I did leave BTTF II off because I thought it was good. It’s not really as good as the first, but considering it is the middle act of a larger story, I think he holds up.


  7. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Josh Carter

    who wrote this list??? Ace Ventura 2 and Austin Powers 2 are both classics. I’d say Ace 2 is def better than the original and is in Jim Carrey’s top 3 movies with Dumb and Dumber and The Mask


  8. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Josh Carter

    these are all good movies really other than 2 or 3, you could def find worse sequals, here are 10 awful comedy sequals off the top of my head.  somebody hire me to replace this guy:

    1. Son of The Mask
    2. Scary Movie 4
    3. Night at the Museum 2
    4. Meet the Parents 3
    5. Big Momma’s House 2
    6. House Party 3
    7. Big Momma’s House 3
    8. Daddy Day Care 2
    9. Dr Dolittle 2
    10. Santa Claus 2


  9. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    The original title of the article was “disappointing comedy sequels.” Are there worse sequels than many on this list? Yes. But it’s hard to be disappointed by a film like Santa Claus 2, when the original was a pile of sh*t. 


  10. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    password

    Shrek 2, who’s got me?


  11. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Oldboy

    How dare you list Ghostbusters II, it was a commercial success and many fans like it better then the original. So why not leave your personal views on GB2 out of this list as it’s uneeded.


  12. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Kiv Kuu

    Looks like they might jsut be onto something there dude. Wow.
    http://www.total-anonymity.eu.tc


  13. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Kiv Kuu

    Looks like they might jsut be onto something there dude. Wow.
    http://www.total-anonymity.eu.tc


  14. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Wearespacepeople

    I have to disagree with a few movies on this page. Ghostbusters 2, Austin Powers 2, Ace Ventura 2, all great films that I liked equally or more than the original :)


  15. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Russianradio85

    More than half of those films were completely awesome! And Ghostbusters 2??? you can just fuck off for putting that on the list. All i will say is that you are clearly an idiot!


  16. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    2minds1brain

    Don’t worry all. I saw a private screening of Hangover II last night and I must say it didn’t disappoint one bit. There is a lot of sick stuff going on in that movie. http://www.2minds1brain.com approve the hell out of that movie.


  17. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    EvoSero

    The intent of the list is bad sequels to good originals.

    Of your list, only The Mask could qualify as even half decent. And Scary Movie 4 was better than 2 or 3. The Wayans are not funny.


  18. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    EvoSero

    I agree with Austin Powers 2, but not Ace 2. I’m guessing you haven’t watched it since it came out. I thought it was hilarious when I was 14, but by even 20 I realized it was a pile of crap.


  19. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Aerea

    u suck.


  20. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Aerea

    u suck.


  21. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Because it’s an opinion piece, my personal views are needed, genius. And if you think GB2 is better than GB, you need to rethink your life.


  22. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Because it’s an opinion piece, my personal views are needed, genius. And if you think GB2 is better than GB, you need to rethink your life.


  23. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Because it’s an opinion piece, my personal views are needed, genius. And if you think GB2 is better than GB, you need to rethink your life.


  24. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    EvoSero

    I mentioned it above in another reply, but anyone who thinks Ace Ventura 2 was good I’d bet hasn’t seen it since it came out and was probably under 15 at the time.

    Really, when it comes to comedies, unless you’ve watched it over the age of 20, you can’t count on your nostalgia to back you up.


  25. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Clearly. The walking statue of liberty was a cinematic triumph.


  26. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Bong

    I disagree, Ghostbusters 2 is one of the greatest movies!


  27. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Fds

    This list is shit.  What asshole wrote it?  Half these are brilliant, half are shit.


  28. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    jmh

    Vegas Vacation was hilarious, go fuck yourself you tool


  29. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    YoMamaBItch

    Wow.  Josh Carter FTW.  You should have written this article dude.  Hell of a lot better list of shit sequels than this guy wrote.


  30. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Kurowa04

    This is way off the mark.  How do you put Ghostbusters 2 as the “mother of all disappointing comedy sequels”?


  31. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Sharada Prasad Mohanty

    I saw a private screening of Hangover II last night and I must say it didn’t disappoint one bit but…http://funnyandspicy.com/naughty-girl-flirts-during-interview-extremely-funny-video


  32. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Sharada Prasad Mohanty

    I saw a private screening of Hangover II last night and I must say it didn’t disappoint one bit but…http://funnyandspicy.com/naughty-girl-flirts-during-interview-extremely-funny-video


  33. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Yes, yes, a wonderful film… http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/vegas_vacation/


  34. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

     Really, seven of the movies on this list are “brilliant?” Did you eat a lot of lead paint, as a child? 


  35. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Alisha VerStrate

    When nature calls was way better than the first installment. By far.


  36. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    the success of hangover in general makes me worried for what goes for comedy in general these days…


  37. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Elaguardia86

    This list is far from accurate…there are some films on here that are utter crap like Dumb and Dumberer and Weekend at Bernie’s II but a lot of the films on here are good and not disappointing at all.


  38. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Blasphemy. 


  39. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Blasphemy. 


  40. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Anonymous

    Blasphemy. 


  41. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Ryandavis4q

    Nice list, brings back memories.  I think go ahead and put hangover 2 on here.  I was dissapointed 6 months ago when i heard it was being made.  Also i watched a few minutes of tremors 2 the other day…worthless.


  42. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    Xtlhogciao

    You can pretty much take the description of why Naked Gun 2 1/2 didn’t work (I disagree with that one, Gostbusters too) and apply it perfectly for why Hangover Part 2 wasn’t as good as the original.


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    Anonymous

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  45. May 24, 2011 6:00 am

    RyanAC

    I am absolutely SHOCKED at the number of people who have replied to this article claiming that Ace 2 is actually a good movie. Really? Idiots. I do, however, disagree with the inclusion of Austin Powers 2. I don’t think it was considered to be a disappointment at the time of it’s release. Goldmember on the other hand…
     I kinda have an affinity for Ghostbusters 2, but i can understand it’s place on the list considering it’s inferiority when compared to the original.
    -P.S.
    I liked the first ‘Ace’ film