We complain a lot these days about how Hollywood is remaking movies they shouldn't be touching, or turning old television shows into movies we never asked for, but we forget about the atrocities committed back in the 1980s, before there was an internet for us to use to attack these ridiculous decisions and voice our concern. Back in the '80s, people created the worst made-for-TV sequels out of some of our most beloved comedies, for no other reason (it seems) than to make you cringe upon seeing some other random actor playing the same character you fell in love with back when guys like Tom Hanks and Steve Martin first brought them to life.
This was like the equivalent of a straight-to-DVD (or VHS) sequel, though the fact that it aired on television made it a lot easier for folks to be aware of its existence. In the case of The Jerk, Too, they shot this as a pilot for a TV series hoping it'd be picked up (according to our Twitter friend @geekgirldiva, who appears in the first five minutes of the movie), though it never was. One thing to note about The Jerk, Too, though, is that it further convinced me that Tom Hanks must have used the voice of Navin Johnson as an inspiration for the voice of Forrest Gump. Mark Blankfield (who replaced Steve Martin in The Jerk, Too) lays it on pretty thick, and it's almost impossible not to immediately think of Gump (watch a clip after the jump and you'll see what I mean).
The funniest thing about these two movies (as pointed out to me by Cinematical's Christopher Campbell) is that the "Too" in the title would lead one to believe there were different characters, like, for example, "This guy is married to a mermaid, too." However, that's not the case -- these are supposed to be the same characters featured in the original movies, and yet both films produced a title they probably thought was cute ("We'll say Too instead of 2! Brilliant! It's the 80's thing to do!), but neither one makes sense when you actually sit down to watch the movie. Props to Teen Wolf Too, though, because they actually got it right.
Nothing ever came from these two horrific made-for-TV sequels (though, funnily enough, Mark Blankfield has a role in both), and I'm sure some of you didn't even know they actually existed. I would hope these days Hollywood would know better than to take a much-beloved movie and turn it into a cruddy made-for-TV sequel, though it's definitely still happening and if you haven't noticed, then good on you for not paying close enough attention.
Check out two clips from the aforementioned TV movies below. What was the worst made-for-TV movie sequel that you ever watched?
Oh, and I should point out that the idea for this post came from a tweet by our own Scott Weinberg, who was wondering if anyone had ever watched either of these films.