With the trailer for Mean Girls 2 now online, Movies.ie takes a look at seven unnecessary movie sequels!

SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL

 

 

According to rumours, the script for this movie was originally intended as Die Hard 3 but following Speed’s success it was rewritten as a sequel; Keanu Reeves opted out so he could tour with his band Dogstar (and that’s saying something!). Sandra Bullock once called this movie “the biggest piece of crap ever made.” We agree, Ms. Bullock. We agree.

 

HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING

 

 

There can be only one – well until there are several more. Not only did Highlander II completely demolish the idea of the original, it introduced several new concepts that rearranged the entire fiction and basically discounted everything that happened in the first flick! The Immortals are actually aliens! There are lots of jumps forwards and backwards in time! Stuff happens, but we’re not really sure what! To be avoided!

DUMB AND DUMBERER: WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD

 

 

Dumb and Dumber may have been a guilt pleasure, but the sequel is just plain guilt – with none of the cast or crew return for what is essentially a money grabbing affair – and yes while actor playing a young Lloyd in this prequel does a pretty goodJim Carrey, t’s saying something when the height of cleverness in this flick is right there in the title…

 

THE NEXT KARATE KID

 

 

What does it say when even Ralph Macchio doesn’t want in? In this sequel , Hilary Swank plays sassy tomboy ”Julie-san,” who learns to harness her rage thanks to the fortune-cookie wisdom of Mr. Miyagi. Comic relief is provided by a trio of roly-poly Buddhist monks who can bowl with their eyes closed…

THE FLY II

 

 

If you remember the ending to the original, Geena Davis’ character is pregnant with Jeff Goldblum’s part-fly spawn. In the sequel, Davis has kicked the bucket while delivering the gooey larva that grows up to become…Eric Stoltz. Stoltz plays a brainiac kept in a lab where he beds Daphne Zuniga before he begins mutating. When he reveals his secret to her, she’s incredibly understanding for a woman who just had sex with a fly… Our hero?

DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS

 

 

The link to the original is tenuous at best with this direct to DVD flick having nothing to do with the original beyond a short cameo by Swayze. The film follows a young daddy’s girl moving to Cuba on the eve of la revolución. There she gets swept up in politics, mambo, and hormones as she falls for dancefloor diablo Diego Luna. Most memorable Swayze quote: ”If you can’t move through your fear and connect it to yourself, there’s absolutely no way you’re going to connect with your partner.” Graceful to the last, Patrick!