WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S II, Andrew McCarthy, Terry Kiser, Jonathan Silverman, 1993, (c)TriStar Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

July officially has been declared the month of the sequel. By ‘officially,’ I mean by me. So if you are headed to the Cineplex this month, prepare to see something mediocre with a Roman numeral at the end of the title. Now of course, it’s possible to make a good sequel. Just look at Godfather Part II and Aliens. Nevertheless, it would seem it is far easier to make a bad sequel. You have funding with no script, actors who are legally, if not emotionally, obligated—or worse, different actors—and a captive audience. So without further ado, I give you the 10 worst sequels to great movies ever made.

The Sting II

No Redford, no Newman, just Jackie Gleason and three-card monte. Ugh.

Batman & Robin

Three words: nipples on batsuit.

Jaws 2

Now Jaws 3-D redeems it—thank you, Dennis Quaid. But this one, no.

Oceans Twelve

If Clooney likes hanging out with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, then just go to a bar.

Dumb and Dumberer

There are no words.

The Matrix Reloaded

This would have been a disappointing follow-up to Beyond Thunderdome, much less the genius that is The Matrix.

Speed 2

I have always said Keanu Reeves must have the best agent in Hollywood to have the good sense to steer him away from this cruise-ship disaster.

Stayin’ Alive

In this follow up to Saturday Night Fever, Travolta is a would-be Broadway dancer. See it and you’ll understand why he didn’t work for a decade.

Caddyshack II

It’s a crime against comedy that the great name of Caddyshack could be so sullied. Ninety minutes of Jackie Mason doing his Poconos resort act.

Weekend at Bernie’s II

Now of all the movies on this list, this is the only one that arguably didn’t have a great original. However, a sequel to a movie about two idiots who pretend that their dead boss is alive so they can party in the Hamptons?

Best of luck surviving the Cineplex this July. I fear by August, I will be adding to this list.

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