Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sequel Madness: Sequels to 90s Movies That Could Be Fun

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge (From left) Milton from Office Space; Satan from Southpark: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; Happy from Happy Gilmore; and Mohawk from Gremlins 2: The New Batch. - COURTESY PHOTOS
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  • (From left) Milton from Office Space; Satan from Southpark: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; Happy from Happy Gilmore; and Mohawk from Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

I always sound like a crotchety old man when it comes to Hollywood and the unlimited number of sequels offered up each year to appease moviegoers who would rather shell out their hard-earned cash for something as easily identifiable as a rebooted Marvel flick like Fantastic Four over an original story they've never heard of like The Lobster.

Are film studios seriously running out of ideas? Probably, but it's not the real reason for the ridiculous amount of sequels that hit theaters annually.
Bottomline: Sequels bank. Last year alone, eight of the 10 highest-grossing 
movies were sequels and pulled in over $9 billion worldwide. Last week, Finding Dory - the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo - broke the record for an animated film debut in the U.S. with $136.2 million in a single weekend. We might get more crazy stats at the box office this Friday when Independence Day: Resurgence - the long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi action movie from 1996 - invades multiplexes.

Let's not kid ourselves. Sequels are embedded in today's cinematic fabric and there's nothing we can do about it. So, instead of complaining (at least for today), let's play along. Here are 8 movies from the 90s that might be fun if studios produced follow ups 20-plus years later.

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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Well, of course, the sequel would have to be released in 2018 for the characters' 20-year reunion. Although the final scenes of the original comedy give us an update on what happens to each of the characters in the future, it doesn't go into much detail. As sad as it sounds, we're betting Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt) broke it up with Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) a year later after he kept sending her love letters via snail mail. She was probably like, "No, Preston, I didn't get your letter today. I don't have time to check my campus mailbox every five minutes. Stop being so needy. And what did I tell you about that, anyway? It's 1999. Just send me one of those email thingies to my AOL account."


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