ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

With the high volume of sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and adaptations in theaters these days, audiences criticize Hollywood for its inability to create original and unique movies. Sometimes I try to stand up for these movies, but other times the only reason I'm standing up is to walk away.

Every so often, a sequel or prequel is released (usually direct to video) that is so clearly a cash grab it's almost offensive to the original title. Please don't be offended if you're in the camp that truly enjoys the following movies, but let's be honest, they're just not very good.

1. Mean Girls 2 (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%
Audience Review:

Awful, just awful. - Jim Careter

2. American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%
Critic's Review:

The first mistake, I suspect, is casting Shatner as a legendary professor and Kunis as a brilliant college student--where's Pauly Shore as the rocket scientist? - Walter Chaw

3. Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%
Critic's Review:

Strictly for the young ones. - James Plath

4. The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%
Audience Review:

Awful. Didn't recapture the magic of the first film and was just gratuitous and stupid in every single way. I didn't care about the characters, I didn't care what happened. - Sophie Burgess

5. Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%
Critic's Review:

Just when it starts to win viewers over as an endearing and romantic film, the twist ending destroys this effect. - Wesley Lovell

6. Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%
Critic's Review:

A lot like, well, treading water. - Christopher Null

7. Tooth Fairy 2 (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%
Critic's Review:

If you still believe in the Tooth Fairy or are still young enough to remember the magic you might think this is funny. Me? I was just creeped out and reminded that I'd better check all the doors and windows before we went to sleep. - James Plath

8. Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%
Critic's Review:

For two types of people, those with softcore porn addictions and teenagers who really think college is how it's portrayed in the movies. - Perri Nemiroff

9. Still Waiting… (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%
Critic's Review:

A dreadful movie, and worse, if you can believe this one, something of a disappointment. With nothing new to offer the world of restaurant parody, this needless sequel is more skilled at lowering IQs than generating laughs. - Brian Orndorf

10. Legally Blondes (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%
Critic's Review:

Reimagines the franchise in the tone of a Disney Channel sitcom. Oh, my. - David Cornelius

11. Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%
Critic's Review:

Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective is a loathsome, exceedingly unfunny continuation of a once rewarding film series...a terrible motion picture, scraping the bottom of the barrel. - Brian Orndorf

To be honest, before starting this post I wasn't even aware that most of these sequels existed. In retrospect, I might have been better off just not knowing.

In short, if for some reason you end up having the fate of a popular movie on your hands, please don't just make a sequel for the hell of it. Really, let's just not.

(Source: Rotten Tomatoes)


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