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.
Intended Message: The gang is back for even more wacky shenanigans!
Translation: We aren't sure who wanted this either.
Intended Message: Now with an extra helping of attitude!
Translation: There's only one finger that belongs on this poster.
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.
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."
Intended Message: We're so serious this time. Look how many words we lost!
Translation: Please forget this is a sequel.
Intended Message: Bigger and better!
Translation: Nostalgia is a beautiful thing.
Intended Message: We kept what you loved about the first while raising the stakes!
Translation: It's exactly as unique as the title.