10 Comedy Sequels That Didn't Stink (and 92 That Did)

Hope for 'Dumb and Dumber To'

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It’s easy to hate on sequels.

Scientists call it Post-Possessive Narcissistic Reflex Disorder—a condition whereby fans of a particular film, TV show, or artist develop a possessive relationship with the source material, and come to view all future iterations of the product (sequels, spin-offs, adaptations, sophomore albums, and especially Season 2 of The Wire) as an affront to their love. And so they respond to these efforts with inordinate contempt and vitriol.

Said another way? Haters gonna hate.

Okay, so I made that all up. But it feels right. Sequels are disproportionately worse than the everyday output of Hollywood studios, and the few that do surpass their predecessors (Terminator 2, The Dark Knight, The Godfather Part II) are understood as evidence of an unspoken rule: Unless part of a planned series, sequels are always inferior.



It’s perhaps doubly true among comedies, which is why I’m pretty nervous about Dumb and Dumber To. Confession time: I’ve probably seen Dumb and Dumber more than 100 times. There is no mentioning of Samsonite, Big Gulps, or Cranston, Rhode Island, around me without an obligatory reference.

But I can’t help but prepare myself for disappointment, if only because of the plague of dreadful comedy sequels that have assaulted mine eyes.


Not all sequels stink...

To lift our spirits, let’s look at some comedy sequels that did not stink.


...but most of them do.

And here's an abbreviated list of comedy sequels that did, in fact, stink it up:

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Addams Family Reunion
Airplane 2: The Sequel
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
American Pie 2
American Wedding
American Reunion
Are We Done Yet?
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Back to the Future Part III
Beauty Shop
Be Cool
Beethoven's 2nd
Big Momma's House 2
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Blue Brothers 2000
Caddyshack 2
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Clerks II
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Evan Almighty
Father of the Bride Part II
Fletch Lives
Friday After Next
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Grease 2
Grumpier Old Men
The Hangover 2
The Hangover 3
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Home Alone 3
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Kung Fu Panda 2/3
Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde
Look Who’s Talking Now
Look Who’s Talking Too
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Madea's Family Reunion
Madea Goes to Jail
Major League II
Major League: Back to the Minors
Meatballs Part II
Meatballs III: Summer Job
Meatballs 4
Meet the Fockers
Men in Black 2
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
My Girl 2
Naked Gun 2½
National Lampoon's European Vacation
Next Friday
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Ocean’s Twelve
Ocean’s Thirteen
The Odd Couple II
The Pink Panther 2
Police Academy 2/3/4/5/6/7
Porky’s II: The Next Day
Porky’s Revenge
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Problem Child 2
Revenge of the Nerds
Rush Hour 3
The Sandlot 2
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 3
The Escape Clause
Scary Movie 2/3/4/5
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster
Shanghai Knights
Smokey and the Bandit 3
The Smurfs 2
Son of the Mask
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Teen Wolf Too
This Is 40
Vegas Vacation
A Very Brady Sequel
Weekend at Bernie’s II
The Whole Ten Yards

Man, why do they even bother?


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