Movie Sequels That Shouldn't Have Been Made

Photo: Courtesy of MGM.
Update: With the debut of Vacation, the answer to National Lampoon's Vacation, we've got sequels on the brain. So, we're taking another look at second editions we we really didn't need.
This story was originally published on November 12, 2014:
Twenty years ago, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne took a fateful trip to Aspen and decades later, Dumb and Dumber fans reached a point where they thought they were safe from ever seeing a sequel. Famous last words.
Dumb and Dumber To hits theaters November 1 and, naturally, fans have mixed feelings about it. Sure, the second installment will probably be funny. But, doesn't a part two kind of mess with the sanctity of the first? Now feels like an important time to discuss the plethora of second — or third — chapters that just didn't cut it. Ahead, movie sequels we could have lived without.
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The setting: Jurassic Park Site B. As Jeff Goldblum said in this second installment of everyone's favorite dino film, "Taking dinosaurs off this island is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas."
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Ocean's Twelve
In 2004, this film tried to claim "twelve is the new eleven." But, it could never be and it definitely wasn't. No matter how many beautiful men you put in one movie.
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
The Lion King 1 1/2
A general blaspheme on Pride Rock.
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Photo: Courtesy of Legendary Pictures.
The Hangover Part III
Part II? Fine. Sure. Whatever. Part III? Get outta here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kennedy Miller Productions.
Babe: Pig In The City
Theoretically, all the elements for success are there. A pig who can talk? Who's heading to the big, bad city? Priceless.

Nope. When Farmer Hoggett said, "That'll do, pig. That'll do," he was probably talking about how a pig sequel wasn't necessary.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Nobody puts baby in the corner, and nobody should put this film on their DVD shelf.
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Photo: Courtesy of Adam Fields Productions.
S. Darko
Because you're not still trying to understand what happened in the first one.
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Photo: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures.
Weekend at Bernies II
One of the tag lines for this movie is "Bernie's back...and he's still dead." Another is "You don't have to stop partying just because you've stopped breathing."
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Famous Productions.
Mean Girls 2
When Bert Lance, who served as director of the office of management and budget under President Carter, said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," he was referring to this sequel.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Grease 2
Sandy's cousin is joining the gang in the U.S.A. And, he's a babe. In this case, it's just that the sequel could never be as good as the original. Oh, and it had one too many period jokes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Artisan Entertainment.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Gone are the shaky-camera stylings of the inaugural Blair Witch Project. This one's got the Hollywood treatment and features teens who want to find the Blair Witch herself. The film literally asks you to forget everything you've heard and seen before watching it.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
The Godfather Part III
It's the role Al Pacino was born to play. But, he's already played it — twice.
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Photo: Courtesy of Dark Horse Entertainment.
Son of the Mask
If you're not into creepy animations of a baby dancing and talking, this movie is not for you. This may also be the one time the formula of "just put a dog in there" hasn't worked.
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea
Ariel had a baby. She named her Melody. Spoiler alert: Melody has legs. But then Ursula's nut-job sister SNATCHES the baby and now it's like WHAT are we gonna do?
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
This time, they're in the Bahamas.
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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Evan Almighty
Evan Baxter has to build an ark — like Noah's ark. Wanda Sykes is the best part of this movie; Steve Carell is great, too. But, this is essentially a watered-down (zing!) version of Bruce Almighty.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
It's the '80s. Ron Burgundy and his team are taking their talents to a 24-hour news channel. The question is: Why?
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Matrix Reloaded
Unfortunately, the trailer is actually more satisfying than the movie.
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Photo: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
Speed 2: Cruise Control
WHERE IS KEANU? WHERE?
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Photo: Courtesy of MGM.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Elle Woods is back. Her paper is still pink and scented. Bruiser is still a dog.
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Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Sex and the City 2
With talk of a third movie, fans are gonna feel exhausted.
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Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Vacation
We admittedly have a soft spot for classics. So, we had high hopes for this one. You could roll your eyes at the studio's attempt to fit Ed Helms into an iconic Chevy Chase role. You could look at the terrible reviews it's getting. Any way you look at it, this one was DOA.
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