Take a look back at the least funny follow-ups in the history of film
It’s time to look back and cringe at some of the worst comedy sequels of all time. You may have forgotten some of these lolz-free follow-ups, and if you haven’t, you’ll probably wish you could…
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
To commemorate (sort of) the release of Dumb and Dumber To, we’re taking a look back at the worst comedy sequel films of all time. Let’s begin with this 2000 follow-up to The Nutty Professor, which attempted to improve on the original by shoehorning in even more witless fart jokes.
Son of the Mask
A box office smash in 1994, frantic action-comedy The Mask cemented Jim Carrey’s reputation as one of the leading comic actors of his generation and made a star of Cameron Diaz. Released 11 years later, this shoddy sequel featured neither Carrey nor Diaz – and not many laughs, either.
Teen Wolf Too
A young Michael J Fox was a mullet-sporting delight in 1985’s fantasy comedy Teen Wolf, playing a high school student who discovers he can transform into a werewolf. A young Jason Statham was given an equally bad haircut for this 1987 sequel, but not such a slick script.
The Hangover Part II
Probably one of the laziest sequels ever, The Hangover Part II arrived two years after the original became a surprise box office smash, and attempted to recreate everything that made the first film such a blast. Unfortunately, it lacked the element of surprise that helped the original to pop and the writers sometimes mistook cruelty for humour.
Although Jim Carrey declined to return for the sequel to 2003’s Bruce Almighty, the budget of 2007’s follow-up swelled to a massive $175 million (£110 million), making it the second most costly comedy film ever at the time. Sadly, the script was so lifeless even Steve Carell couldn’t resurrect it, and Evan Almighty became a notorious box office bomb.
1980’s Caddyshack is one of the funniest sports films ever, but this ropey 1988 sequel doesn’t deserve to share its name. Chevy Chase was the only original cast member to agree to a second round, Bill Murray sued the film’s producers for using the gopher character he helped to create for the original, and even co-writer Harold Ramis branded it “terrible”.
Sex and the City 2
The first Sex and the City film wasn’t as sharp and provocative as the TV series, but the second one was an embarrassment. Woefully materialistic and – according to some critics – a little bit racist, even Liza Minelli’s showtune-style rendition of ‘Single Ladies’ couldn’t save it.
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, 1999’s passable comedy starring Rob Schneider as a fish tank cleaner who becomes an unlikely male prostitute, didn’t really need a sequel – but six years later it got one anyway, complete with cameos from Alex Zane, Johnny Vaughan, Rachel Stevens and Sinitta (only one of those is made up).
Blues Brothers 2000
Released nearly two decades later, this ill-advised sequel to cult classic The Blues Brothers never came close to recreating the original’s winning mix of tunes and chuckles – despite featuring appearances from a bevy of musical legends including Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, James Brown, BB King and Wilson Pickett.
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Before the ropey remake starring Russell Brand came this pointless 1988 sequel to 1981’s classic spoiled rich kid comedy Arthur. Though Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli both returned, the original charm didn’t, and the film was such a failure at the box office and with critics that Moore later disowned it.