Comedies are hard to make and comedy sequels are even harder, when audiences have wised up to your jokes and expect bigger and better. Ben Stiller’s
, coming 15 years after the original, hopes to buck the trend this Friday. And it’s this latest romp down the catwalk inspires this week’s 24 Frames gallery: the best and worst comedy part twos by Tomatometer! Zoolander 2
From (85%) to 21 Jump Street (85%) 22 Jump Street
The improbably good reboot of the ’80s TV show got a just as improbably good sequel that matched the original’s Tomatometer.
From (77%) to
The Mask (6%) Son of the Mask
The presence of Jim Carrey was sorely missed in this visually garish follow-up.
(100%) to Toy Story (100%)
Toy Story 2
In the ’90s, Pixar did something that has yet to be matched: a comedy and a direct sequel that both got 100%.
From (74%) to Cars (39%) Cars 2
On the other hand, Cars 2 gave Pixar its first rotten movie, breaking a 16-year Certified Fresh streak.
From (96%) to Back to the Future (63%) Back to the Future Part II
Though nothing could hope to equal the classic blockbuster original, the meta-sequel holds up in its own right.
From (97%) to Airplane! (42%) Airplane II: The Sequel
The funniest movie of all time got a sequel that probably wasn’t even the funniest thing released that week.
From (66%) to Anchorman (75%) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
It’s difficult to pull off but it can happen: Anchorman 2 is one sequel that got a higher rating than the first.
From (79%) to The Hangover (34%) The Hangover Part II
Modern comedy classic The Hangover had its legacy sullied with a series of cynical, contractually-obligated sequels.
From (88%) to Shrek (88%) Shrek 2
Just like Pixar did with its Toy Story franchise, Shrek 2‘s Tomatometer equalled the first.
From (75%) to Caddyshack (4%) Caddyshack II
A PG rating and lack of principal actors from the first makes this sequel one of Hollywood’s biggest bogeys.
From (85%) to Wayne’s World (60%) Wayne’s World 2
Your mileage will vary, but Wayne’s World 2 managed to keep this franchise Fresh on the Tomatometer.
From (75%) to Fletch (37%) Fletch Lives
Fletch of the original movie got by on streetwise wit. The sequel settles with dumb disguises and cheap stereotypes.
From (90%) to The Pink Panther (93%) A Shot in the Dark
The original Pink Panther was just a warm-up for Peter Sellers’ classic whodunit, A Shot in the Dark.
From (75%) to Grease (32%) Grease 2
Gender roles may get revesered but the sequel wasn’t the one people wanted.
From (88%) to Clerks (63%) Clerks II
After trying to punch into the mainstream with Jersey Girl, Kevin Smith returned to the series that put him on the map to Fresh results.
From (68%) to Legally Blonde (38%) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
The original Legally Blonde was an early critical and commercial success for Reese Witherspoon which the sequel failed to capture on both ends.
From (79%) to Shanghai Noon (66%) Shanghai Knights
The unlikely pairing of Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson made for a decent Western and an equally decent sequel set in London.
From (82%) to Major League (5%) Major League II
A swing and a miss for Charlie Sheen and his teammates, whose Major League sequel represents the biggest drop in franchise Tomatometers.
From (60%) to The Addams Family (78%) Addams Family Values
The original Addams Family movie was a surprise box office blockbuster and the sequel, though it didn’t quite do as well financially, posted a much higher Tomatometer.
From (92%) to Men in Black (39%) Men in Black II
The first Men in Black sequel was seen a lazy, chaotic follow up, though the series reputation was salvaged with 2012’s Men in Black III (69%).
From (55%) to Madagascar (64%) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
The Madagascar series has redeemed itself as it goes along, starting out Rotten before going Fresh with Escape 2 Africa (and then Certified Fresh with the most recent one).
From (64%) to The Nutty Professor (26%) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Critics enjoyed Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor update well enough, but felt the second was, ahem, bloated with gross-out gags.
From (48%) to Jackass – The Movie (63%) Jackass: Number Two
Nobody expected Johnny Knoxville’s painfully funny series to be critical darlings but the sequels post Tomatometer gains with each new entry.
From (69%) to Revenge of the Nerds (8%) Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
The lowbrow out there are giggling at Revenge of the Nerds‘ 69% Tomatometer, and it fits that the painful sequel gets the world’s unsexiest number: 8.