Dumb and Dumber, The Hangover, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy , and many others captured audiences with an original take on silly characters, absurd plots, and memorable jokes. These films have become classics in the comedy genre, and most people are capable or recognizing a movie quote instantly.
But what happens when we get sequels to these comedy legends?
This is where the problems set in. Comedies DO NOT need sequels.
Films like The Hangover: Part II, Grown Ups 2, and Little Fockers have proven that comedy sequels cannot be properly made without rehashing the same jokes and characters that made their predecessors successful. The films decide to attempt to pull the wool over our eyes again in an attempt to indulge our nostalgia for the original comedy. This turns out to just aggravate us.
Sequels are supposed to further the characters and do something new with the franchise. The Hangover: Part II was a horrendous attempt to develop their story which, in the end, was merely a copy and paste of the original movie (except it was in Thailand).
Granted, I'm sure the actors within these movies enjoy getting paid to have fun on screen (cough, cough Grown Ups 2), but it only comes of as a poor attempt to give their studios more money. And that's the primary reason comedy sequels get made ladies and gentlemen, to sap your hard-earned cash.
Studios have every right to try and expand a franchise, but using rehashed jokes, pointless plot lines, and the same characters ends up giving audiences a movie that's definitely not worth $10.
Also, some comedy sequels think that the best thing to achieve a cheap laugh is to insert a fart joke, uncomfortable nudity, or endless vulgarity. I will emphasize: This is the CHEAPEST form of comedy! Anyone could go on stage and swear a bit and do some nudity gags, but audiences go to comedic movies to see a funny and compelling story with realistic characters. We appreciate jokes more often when we can relate to a character, rather than seeing Adam Sandler complain about being too rich and having a spouse that's out of his league.
In short, comedy sequels are rarely good because it's just a rehash of the original's plot, characters, and jokes.
My advice is: Save your money, don't give the studios an excuse to make more of the same dumbed-down movies. You can get more comedy out of watching a cat chase a laser pointer for two hours.
By: Matthew Romeo