"Hangover 2" is Coming, So Here Are 7 Solid Comedy SequelsPosted on by Wes Studer (wstuder)
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The Hangover roofied audiences two years ago and left them wondering what the hell happened the night before. Its highly anticipated sequel has just been unleashed. Whether it's a worthy sequel or a cookie cutter clone of the original, here are seven worthwhile sequels that kept their respective series afloat.
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
As I mentioned in a previous sequel-focused article, this was the last decent entry in the series that propelled Eddie Murphy into another comedic dimension. A solid cast featuring the captain from Das Boot and Sly Stallone's wife, combined with a plot and action that was almost on par with the original, and you have a film that rightfully held its own at the box office in a year that saw the release of Lethal Weapon, Fatal Attraction, The Untouchables, The Living Daylights and Full Metal Jacket. Plus it has cameos by Chris Rock and Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, so how could it not kick ass?
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Party time was still excellent when Wayne was inspired by Jim Morrison and a weird naked Indian to put on a concert. Christopher Walken, Robert Patrick as the T-1000, Charlton Heston, and James Hong in a bizarre fight scene helped take Mike Myers' and Dana Carvey's most memorable Saturday Night Live skit to even more unforgettable heights.
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
Driving through hell and back to get to America's favorite family fun park apparently wasn't enough for the Griswolds. Instead, they decided to be pigs and win a trip to the land of tight pants, fine wine, and sex during the day. As usual, Clark and family completely fulfill Murphy's Law, and soon they aren't speaking to each other yet still find ways to annoy the crap out of one another, all while the viewers can totally relate to their predicament. Plus, there's this funny tidbit.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Mike Myers, you are truly a master of your craft. This series of films picked up the comedic pace as they went along. The first film might have had Alotta Fagina, Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Tom Arnold, and mutated sea bass, but the second installment had Mini-Me, Fat Bastard, Rob Lowe, Ferrell again, Heather Graham, and Ivana Humpalot. Dr. Evil even went on Jerry Springer and rapped.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Disney-Pixar studios has yet to make a subpar movie, and this entry is easily one of their five best. Wayne Knight already has the stereotypical annoying fat guy look, but the creators shoved all that into overdrive, turning him into a frighteningly eccentric toy store manager who wears a chicken suit. This scene had multiple-aged audiences giggling in their seats, and the sequel held strong until Toy Story 3 came along and provided some poignant closure to the series.
Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
How do you follow up a film that played a vital role in defining modern slapstick? Just throw in Robert Goulet as the main villain and boyfriend of Priscilla Presley (who actually looks younger than she did in the first film), further stirring up Leslie Nielsen's deadpan rage to the point where he delivers a brilliant monologue that makes anyone with at least a faint sense of humor miss him even more.
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
One year Jim Carrey was just a rubbery comedian working his way up of the Hollywood ladder, and the next he was comedy's new superstar. The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective set Carrey atop a comedy pedestal for most of the '90s. While all of the aforementioned classics have been disgraced by hack prequels, sequels, and spin-offs, only his role as a borderline insane animal lover was reprised by Carrey himself. He treated audiences to an enjoyable exposition of Ace representing America well and using the catchiest meditation chant ever to help solve the crime.