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The Frat Pack: Take Two

posted May 7, 2013, 10:11 PM by samantha@filmmusicmedia.com


It has come to my attention that several actors think it's the early 2000's again. With The Internship opening in June, Anchorman 2 in post-production, Zoolander 2 in the works and the Dodgeball sequel recently announced we're one sober Lindsay Lohan away from being back in 2004.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this.

Don't get me wrong I loved the originals of those movies, and I did love the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson combination in Wedding Crashers so I would have given The Internship a shot even if it didn't have Dylan O'Brien in hipster glasses and skinny jeans (which it does, so that’s an added bonus). I just can't help but wonder what the reasoning is for this new resurgence.

Well, okay, I get the reasoning. Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and the rest of those guys either have bills to pay or want back in the spotlight and are trying the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" method of film making. It's pretty much a guarantee that the movies will make money because as long as there are college dudebros there will be a need to make movies where a down and out manchild manages to get their life together and hook up with a chick ridiculously out of his league with hilarious shenanigans along the way. That doesn't mean the movies will be any good. Or memorable, rather, since comedy is always something that's a matter of opinion. 


Though I always tend to think my opinion is better than everybody else's when it comes to what's funny or not.

I don't know, I guess I just don't want my memories of the original films here to be tainted by a really crappy sequel. It doesn't help that in a lot of comedies what made the first one funny was only funny because you only had to see it for 90 minutes. A Dodgeball television show, for example, would crash and burn very quickly. I also feel like the utter perfection that was Zoolander can't be made twice. Actually upon first glance the only one where I could see a halfway decent sequel happening is Anchorman. This is partly because the premise allows for that sort of thing and partly because you can tell just how much the people involved genuinely loved making the first one.

There's no doubt in my mind that parts of these movies will be funny. For one thing, these are all very talented people with excellent comedic timing. These days, however, a lot of movies put their best jokes in the trailer and everything else is full of crap. I just hope they don't go the way of The Watch (remember that one? Me either) and other forgettable comedies that have been coming out lately. Like I said, I'll give them a shot. I'm already applauding The Internship for not being a sequel. And, you know, for putting Dylan O'Brien in hipster glasses and skinny jeans. 


What? I'm allowed to be shallow. The movie is getting my 10 bucks, isn't it? That's what matters.