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For all their talent and good looks, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are no Paul Newman and Robert Redford. While those two struck gold twice in a row with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) and "The Sting" (1973), Vaughn and Wilson have followed up "Wedding Crashers" with "The Internship," the kind of film that should serve as grounds for divorce.
But Vaughn & Wilson aren't the only dynamic duo to strike out their second (or third) time at bat. Here are ten winning combinations that couldn't leave well enough alone.
10. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine
First: "The Apartment" (1960)
Then: "Irma La Douce" (1963)
Under the guidance of director Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine starred in "The Apartment," one of the best films to ever win the Oscar for Best Picture. So when that same trio reunited three years later for "Irma La Douce," you'd expect the same kind of magic, right? In this case, you'd be expecting too much. Imagine a film with all the Wilder wit, Lemmon charm and MacLaine sexiness running on auto-pilot and "Irma" is what you'd get.
9. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
First: "Bugsy" (1991)
Then: "Love Affair" (1994)
It was on the set of "Bugsy" that perennial bachelor Warren Beatty met the woman who would be his wife: co-star Annette Bening. In that film, you could feel the heat sizzling between the love-struck pair. In "Love Affair," the remake of "An Affair to Remember" (1957), on the other hand, you could feel the icy sting of a really cold shower. But at least the marriage lasted.
8. Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau
First: "Swingers" (1996)
Then: "Made" (2001)
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a repeat offender. Nothing personal, but maybe Vince Vaughn should stick to working with different people whenever he makes a film. It was all well and good the first time he and Jon Favreau swapped wise cracks in "Swingers," but their follow-up, "Made," was about as funny as watching kittens drown ... and even that can have its moments. (Kidding! But see? Not funny.)
7. Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger
First: "Twins" (1988)
Then: "Junior" (1994)
Who could think of a better idea than having Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito star in a film called "Twins"? He's big, he's little; he's Austrian, he's Italian ... and they're twins! On the other hand, who could think of a worse idea for a follow-up than "Junior," where through the miracle of science Dr. DeVito impregnates Dr. Schwarzenegger? Doctors, please, find better uses for your research funds.
6. John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson
First: "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
Then: "Basic" (2003)
You know what they call a Big Mac in Paris? A Royale with Cheese. You know what they call this reunion between John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson? Just about the cheesiest thriller known to mankind. Not even "Pulp Fiction" had as many flashbacks and flash-forwards as the overly convoluted "Basic," and that's really saying something. Where's Quentin Tarantino when you need him?
5. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Then: "You've Got Mail" (1998)
What better way for Sleepless in Seattle" writer-director Nora Ephron to reunite Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan than with a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic "The Shop Around the Corner" (1944) set in the digital age, right? It sounded good in theory, but the real question ended up being: What better way to both zap the charm out of the Lubitsch film and make us question our affections for "Sleepless in Seattle" (and perhaps even "Joe Versus the Volcano")? Here's one email that should've gone directly to the spam folder.
4. Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor
The comedy team of Wilder & Pryor belongs in the pantheon of Laurel & Hardy, Hope & Crosby and Abbott & Costello. This duo did strike gold twice in a row with "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy." Unfortunately, they also mined a lot of copper with "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" and "Another You," two films which shouldn't be seen, heard, smelt or felt.
3. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts
First: "Pretty Woman" (1990)
Then: "Runaway Bride" (1999)
As a hooker with a heart of gold, Julia Roberts became America's sweetheart opposite Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman." As a woman who's constantly fleeing the altar in "Runaway Bride," she became America's worst nightmare. Wanna bet that Gere will be the guy who finally gets her to say "I do?" Oops, didn't mean to spoil the ending.
2. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
First: "Titanic" (1997)
Then: "Revolutionary Road" (2008)
Remember when "Titanic" won a boatload of Oscars and sailed past "Jurassic Park" to become the biggest moneymaker of all time? Don't you think the studio was just dying for a sequel? Alas, the best they could hope for was a Kate and Leo reunion in "Revolutionary Road," which only felt like watching a sinking ship.
1. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro
First: "Heat" (1995)
Then: "Righteous Kill" (2008)
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share only a handful of scenes in Michael Mann's "Heat," but their diner encounter is the stuff of legends. It took 13 years for the two to appear on screen together again, probably because they were waiting for just the right script to come along to top their last outing. You can believe that all you want, but "Righteous Kill," a great white turd of a movie, proves otherwise.