Like you had any doubt that the Farrelly brothers could come up with something cleverer than “Dumb and Dumberer”?
“Dumb and Dumber To” is not just a working title — it’s the official one. The officially endorsed sequel to “Dumb and Dumber” already has its original directors and cast on board, and now is close to having a script as well. The Farrellys seem really excited about the project, and we’re really excited that “Dumb and Dumber To” is actually what this flick is going to be called.
“You also might be interested to know that we are almost done with the Dumb and Dumber To (sic) script,” Peter and Bobby Farrelly tweeted from their joint Twitter account. “I think you’re going to like it.”
These two aren’t the only directors to come up with clever ways to get around the boring “2.” After the jump we’ve listed off some of our other favorite sequel titles that got a little creative.
“Look Who’s Talking Too”
The ’90s might not have been a rife with sequels as we are in today’s Hollywood, but at least they knew how to deal with them better. Instead of opting for numbers or subtitles like we are nowadays (just look at the names in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two to see what we mean), studios during that time period had some fun with the whole sequel idea. Take “Look Who’s Talking Too,” which was later followed by “Look Who’s Talking Now.” Thank you for being clever, Amy Heckerling.
No, “Beethoven’s 2nd” isn’t a documentary about the beloved composer’s classical music. Instead, it’s a kid’s movie about a St. Bernard who has puppies. But we give the folks behind the ’90s comedy a big thumbs up, because not only is the title funny, it also encourages parents to explain to their children who the actual Beethoven was and why he had a “2nd.” Education!
The “Piranha 3D” franchise knows what it is, and the title of its second film — “Piranha 3DD” — makes that pretty obvious. This is not a movie to be taken seriously; it’s a movie meant to be laughed at (and with) as it spoofs films like “Jaws” and shows a lot of naked breasts. Plus it’s fun having an excuse to refer to “Piranha 3DD’ in the workplace.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
We don’t have many nice things to say about “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” but we will at least acknowledge that the title is entertaining. Instead of going the boring route, the flick popped in a colon and came up with a twist on the word “sequel.” We also would have accepted “Alvin and More Chipmunks.”
“2 Fast 2 Furious”
Harder, better, faster, strong. Following the success of “The Fast and the Furious,” the franchise started the trend of dropping unnecessary articles and getting to the point. Or rather, we should say getting 2 the point. Though the “Fast & Furious” franchise later started simplifying its movie’s names to titles like “Fast Five,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” was the first time it started having fun with the names of its sequels. And the idea stuck.
And one for good luck…
“The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear”
Why would you ever want a “Naked Gun 2″ when you could have “The Naked Gun 2 1/2″?
What are your favorite clever sequel titles? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!