While it’s significantly better than the Hangover II it’s still a far cry from the original. However, there have been many, many, many substandard comedy sequels over the years. Which got me to thinking…
So here’s your list – Bad Comedy Sequels.
Movie #1 – Fletch Lives
Year – 1989
Everyone loves Fletch. Fletch Lives on the other hand…not so much. While Chevy Chase’s ironic detachment seemed cool and funny the first time around, here he just seems bored. There were five years between films and, when trying to catch lightning in a bottle, time is not your friend.
The original film’s central mystery, while confounding, was based on the plot of the novel. Therefore, it still had some grounding in logic. However, this time out the filmmakers eschewed using any of the existing Fletch novels (there were nine of them by this point) and instead created an all-new story which was as convoluted as it was cliché-riddled – televangelists, Klansmen, Southern Belles and Cleavon Little in a performance that would have made Stepin Fetchit blush. And while Little’s one-man minstrel show is eventually explained away, it feels like a cheat given that the film has spent the better part of 90-minutes expecting us to laugh at him non-ironically.