5 Comedy Movie Sequels Live Up To The Original

Sequels in general are hard to pull off, but comedic sequels in particular tend to be a bitter disappointment. It’s hard to find the magic that made a comedy classic so great. They usually just rehash jokes from the first film without bringing anything new to the table. The list of comedic sequels that failed to live up to the greatness of their predecessors is practically endless: Zoolander 2, Caddy II, Horrible Bosses 2, little fockers, Dumb and Dumber To, Blues Brothers 2000, The hangover part II, time machine 2, Airplane II: the sequel. But not all comedic sequels are disappointing. Of Shrek 2 at Clerk II at National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThere are a few exceptions to this rule.


The film adaptation by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller 21 jump street changed the situation. It was initially dismissed as a pointless reboot of an old TV show that no one remembered, but it became a must-have comedy thanks to its meta-riffs about the pointlessness of the reboot. Skip the street and the impeccable chemistry shared by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The film’s unexpected success at the box office earned it a sequel, 22 jump street, in which the heroes go undercover on a college campus. While the high school setting in the first film evoked the works of John Hughes, the college setting in the second film evokes animal house.

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The story is more or less the same — this time, Tatum walks away from Hill — but the gags are all new, from a campus car chase to cut costs to Ice Cube furiously tearing down a buffet. Like the original, 22 jump street is a clever, self-aware gem that pokes fun at itself, poking fun at sequels instead of reboots. As Police Chief Nick Offerman points out, “It’s always worse the second time around,” except that’s not the case here. Much like the first film, this self-awareness is heightened by an emotionally engaging bromance between the two leads.

The first one Shrek The film was a perfect satire of fairy tale traditions. Shrek subverted the usual expectations of fantasy legends with the story of an ogre with a heart of gold falling in love with a princess locked in a tower. Shrek 2 could have just repeated the original storyline with another villain capturing Fiona and another hero’s journey for Shrek. Instead, the sequel expanded the world-building with the glitzy Beverly Hills-inspired metropolis of Far Far Away and introduced Shrek and Fiona with entirely new conflicts. Fiona’s parents don’t approve of her new husband, so Shrek takes a potion to turn himself into a handsome human. Like all the best sequels, Shrek 2 is a totally different film from its predecessor, but it’s just as much a masterpiece.

by Kevin Smith Clerk II chronicles another day in the monotonous lives of Dante and Randal. This time they work in a fast food restaurant. Although they follow a similar story formula, the Clerks sequel doesn’t just transplant the first film into a new workplace. The original film is about being an aimless twentysomething trying to find direction in life; what follows is about the struggle to follow that direction and choose the right path.

With Dante and Randal in their thirties, Clerk II deals with more mature topics such as marriage and fatherhood. Dante plans to be engaged to the wrong woman and get his boss pregnant. Clerk II is just as hilarious as the first – with plenty of memorable gags, like the star wars versus. the Lord of the Rings debate and Jay’s Buffalo Bill-style Goodbye Horses dancing – but it’s also more emotionally gripping. The next Clerk III has a lot to do.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat character was designed as an outsider to expose prejudice and idiocy within the American consciousness. The filmed targets of Baron Cohen’s pranks let their guard down in the presence of what they believe to be a wacky outsider and reveal their own bigotry and blind spots. Baron Cohen reprized the role a decade and a half after the first film became an unexpected cultural sensation to satirize a new generation of American madness. The first film captured the absurdity of the Bush era, while the second film went after the Trump/COVID era.

In the surprisingly satisfying sequel, Borat Next Movie, Borat quarantines himself with a pair of QAnon conspiracy theorists, sings a ditty about the “Wuhan flu” at a far-right rally, and captures Rudy Giuliani trying to seduce a young interviewer. Baron Cohen slips effortlessly into the role of everyone’s favorite Kazakh journalist, and this time around he’s joined by Maria Bakalova as her daughter Tutar. Nominated for an Oscar for her turn in the film, Bakalova proved to be as adept as Baron Cohen himself at Borat the franchise’s unique on-the-fly acting style.

The first sequel to National Lampoon’s Holiday, European holidays, offered a series of tired gags without the emotional line that made the original film so compelling and relatable. Luckily, the third movie redeemed it. Whether he’s struggling with Christmas lights or trying to carve a jerky turkey, Chevy Chase is more hysterical than ever as Clark, the quintessential exasperated suburban dad, in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Instead of rehashing the story of the family trip from the first film, Christmas holidays allows the public to holiday with the Griswolds. Next to Elf and Alone at home, Christmas holidays is one of the funniest Christmas movies ever made. In the decades since its theatrical release, this timeless gem has been a staple of Christmas movie nights.

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