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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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The Naked Gun 2 1/2
DIRECTED BY DAVID ZUCKER
RELEASED: 1991

Why's it so good? Because of lines like this: "I'm sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn't that right, Mr... Poopy Pants?" And because Leslie Nielsen's comedy timing should be floated on the stock exchange to fix the financial crisis.

The Naked Gun 2 1/2 The Naked Gun 2 1/2
How does it stack up to the original? Well, what it loses in the presence of Ricardo Montalban and his Japanese fighting fish, it gains with the "swimming in raw sewage - I love it" gag and the line, "I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!". If the jokes aren't quite so perfectly crafted, they're not far off.

Glaring error: The failure to publish Strokin' The Love Muffin as a novel tie-in to the movie. They could've made billions!


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 30 MONTHS


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