Essential Seven Comedy Sequels

I love a good film sequel. Familiar characters set in another story, can really take you back as to why you love the original. Action, sci-fi, and fantasy are typically the three top sequel genres. Comedy films however, have a really bad record for “good” sequels. An example of this is Caddyshack 2. Not only was the film unneccesary, but they even tried to recreate the character of Carl using Dan Aykroyd! A good sequel to a comedy film is rare. That is why this weeks list is the Essential Seven Comedy Sequels:

(Note. I only focused on comedy films only. Films like Ghostbusters 2, Back to the Future 2, while funny are also Sci-fi/ fantasy)

7) Crocodile Dundee II

Crocodile Dundee 2 is the complete opposite of the original film. This time we are taken into Dundee’s world. The fish-out-of-water scenario has been done to death, but I thoroughly enjoy watching the drug lords attempt to hunt Dundee in his backyard.

6) Grumpier Old Men

The Grumpy Old Men were never really grumpy, just lonely. In the first film we saw Jack Lemmon’s character John find love with Ariel. It was only fair that Walter find love in the sequel. If you take anything away from the film it should be the wise words from Grandpa Gustafson played by Burgess Meredith.  Smoke, drink beer, and eat bacon sandwiches if you are lucky enough to live into your ’90s.

5) Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

After scarfing down 30 Slyders, 5 French fries, and 4 large Cherry Cokes each, Harold and Kumar decide to follow their hot neighbor Maria to Amsterdam. On the flight over they are arrested as suspected terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. The sequel is more outrageous, racist, and crude. Everything this sequel needed. The film also has Neil Patrick Harris riding a unicorn! How can you not find that entertaining?

4) Clerks 2

Clerks 2 caught up with Dante and Randall ten years later from the first film. After the Quickie Mart burns down, they take jobs at the local Mooby’s. Neither of them are satisfied with their lives. Eventually they figure out that they really enjoyed working at the Quickie Mart and restore the burnt store as their own. Was Clerks 2 necessary? I didn’t think so at first. Now as I am in my 30s I see why it was important to Kevin. Clerks 2 wraps up the View Askew Universe nicely.

3) Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure ended with Rufas assuring us that Bill and Ted get better at playing guitar. After all, the Wyld Stallions music was going to bring peace and harmony to the world. It only made sense we see how that came to be in the sequel. Bogus Journey takes the story idea of Terminator with De Nomolos sending evil Bill and Ted robots back in time to prevent the real Bill and Ted from winning the Battle of the Bands. Their journey leads them through Hell where they meet up with the Grimm Reaper who plays a mean slap bass. Station!

2) Wayne’s World 2

Wayne is having trouble accepting how his life has turned out. He wants to do something more with his life. Enter the weird naked indian who guides Wayne to the late Jim Morrison. Jim reveals to Wayne that his destiny is to organize and put on a concert. Wayne however must also compete with Bobby (Christopher Walkin) for Cassandra’s love.

1) Christmas Vacation

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation was the second sequel to the original Vacation film. The third film in the series is actually better than the original. That’s right Christmas Vacation is the beast of the four films! Christmas Vacation finds Clark hoping to have a big family Christmas. He doesn’t anticipate Cousin Eddie returning or being enrolled in the Jelly of the Month Club. It is the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

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