By: Maddie Turner
It takes a lot for me to admit that I really enjoyed a comedy movie. Many have good premises but often fall short of being truly funny. I recently watched the film, Dirty Grandpa, to see if it lived up to all of the hype but was pretty let down. It seemed like it would be good, especially with a cast including Zac Efron, Robert de Niro, and Aubrey Plaza, and an absurd premise–de Nero’s wife passes away and he decides to rage in Miami. In the end, parts of it were awkward and some of the jokes fell flat.
Furthermore what I really want to focus on is that when a first movie in a series is successful, more often than not, the sequel is not as good. Take Horrible Bosses for example; Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and more are all in their prime for this film. The jokes are original and I was constantly entertained. I was extremely excited for the second to be released but was disappointed to see that the cast was put to waste, as Rotten Tomatoes shows here. They resued the story line pretty much and repeated the jokes that worked the first time, but the second time they were not executed nearly as well. I was sad to see such a great film go to waste.
Maybe the film struggled because of the loss of the first director, Seth Gordon, or maybe it is simply due to the difficulty of making a second film as good as or even better than the first.
Similarly, while many argue that Wayne’s World is a bad film (I personally love the childish, dumb but original humor of it), the sequel was terrible. I just wish that one time, instead of using the same jokes and story line, that a comedy could continue on rather than losing its charm.