With all the sequels being released these days, it's easy to complain that Hollywood is finally creatively bankrupt.  I would argue the opposite: when any given month finds the marquee overflowing with 2s and 3s, you've got to get creative to ensure your movie stands out in the crowd.   This simple guide to sequel names will help you become an informed consumer.

1) The Classic

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Intended Message: The gang is back for even more wacky shenanigans!

Translation: We aren't sure who wanted this either.

 

2) The Fingers

Guide to Interpreting Sequel Names

Intended Message: Now with an extra helping of attitude!

Translation: There's only one finger that belongs on this poster.

 

3) The Incorporated

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Intended Message: Oooh spooky!  Look how cryptic we're being!

Translation: At least a third of ticket sales will come from people who think we re-released the original. 

 

4) The Chapter

Guide to Interpreting Sequel Names

Intended Message: You won't believe how the epic trilogy ends....

Translation: I can't believe we turned a one-off comedy into an "epic" "trilogy."

 

5) The Trimming 

Guide to Interpreting Sequel Names

Intended Message: We're so serious this time.  Look how many words we lost!

Translation: Please forget this is a sequel.

 

6) The Aggressive Expansion 

Guide to Interpreting Sequel Names

Intended Message: Bigger and better!

Translation: Nostalgia is a beautiful thing.

 

7) The Find and Replace

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Intended Message: We kept what you loved about the first while raising the stakes!

Translation: It's exactly as unique as the title.