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    7 Movie Sequels That Were Awful, And 7 That Were Better Than The Original Movie

    Because not all sequels are equals.

    1. No one can deny that Mean Girls is a classic. Mean Girls 2, on the other hand, is not.

    ABC Family

    It only had one cast member from the original Mean Girls, wasn't written by Tina Fey, and had a grand total of zero quotable lines. Not fetch, guys.

    2. But when it comes to Sister Act, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is the ~superior~ nun-fakeout-film.

    Buena Vista Pictures

    Yes, original Sister Act was amazing. But Back in the Habit – complete with "Oh Happy Day" and Lauryn Hill – was unreal, I don't care what the critics say.

    3. The Hangover was funny, I'll give them that. And The Hangover Part II was okay, but we can all agree that we didn't need The Hangover Part III.

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    Like, just how many mishaps can those guys get into? You'd think they'd have finally learned how to stay out of trouble by the third film.

    4. 22 Jump Street, on the other hand, was the perfect example of how to take a hilarious story to the next, equally as funny, level.

    Sony Pictures Releasing/ MGM

    Much like the Schmidt and Jenko's journey from undercover highschool to undercover college, this sequel matured the storyline in the best way possible.

    5. Son Of The Mask was a "sequel" that, despite its title, has very little to do with the Jim Carrey classic.

    New Line Cinema

    The concept is the same, but almost everything. else. is. different! Billing this as a sequel to The Mask was just asking for trouble.

    6. But Shrek 2 showed us the perfect way to introduce actual family members into the plot.


    We all know that Shrek is a cinematic masterpiece, I would never dispute that. All I'm saying is that, in terms of movie magic, the sequel is on par with its predecessor.

    7. The entire concept of Stuart Little was a bit strange, but the second instalment was just a step too far.

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    Cross-species adoption and a talking mouse driving a convertible were kinda weird, but great movie material. A film where Stuart falls for a bird who happens to be a career criminal – not so much.

    8. But while were on the subject of talking animals, Paddington 2 knocked it out of the park.


    My teammate Josie insisted I included this film. When I asked her a few words on why it was superior she replied: "A few? I can give approx 3000," which I think says it all. But if you don't believe her, it got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, so yeah, it's pretty great.

    9. Home Alone 3 really tarnished the reputation of the original Christmas classic, and proved that good things don't always come in threes.

    20th Century Fox

    I don't need to say much about this one, we all know why it's here.

    10. Back to the Future III, on the other hand, finished the trilogy on a high.

    Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Yes, the first movie was the original and best, no one can deny that. The second instalment wasn't the greatest, but then the third came through with all the Wild West movie magic that we needed, and I thank them for it.

    11. Kick-Ass 2 has absolutely nothing on its prequel.

    Universal Pictures

    Kick-Ass had action, fun, and charm, but Kick-Ass 2 just couldn't replicate that. Not to mention the fact that Hit-Girl basically went from being a fearless kid vigilante to a highschooler, which is a huge glow down, imo.

    12. Maybe it's the fact that Spider-Man Far From Home is set after Endgame, or maybe I'm biased because I live in Europe, but I think the movie brought more to the table than Homecoming did.

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    Peter basically went from your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man to Mr Worldwide, and we loved to see it!

    13. Following two amazing prequels, Scream III fell about as short as Courteney Cox's bangs.

    Dimension Films

    No offence to Sidney Prescott, but you’d think she’d have shut down the movie franchise based on her life when her few remaining friends were murdered in the second movie. But no, Scream insisted on coming back for the third time, but with less than half of the jaw-dropping plot twists than its predecessors had.

    14. But Kill Bill II – *chef's kiss*.

    Miramax Films

    I mean, she killed Bill – what more could we ask for?

    Don't forget to tell us your best and worst movie sequels in the comments below!

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