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With each new year seeing almost as many sequels released as original, stand-alone movies (at least where the multiplexes are concerned), it is easy to forget that not every film is designed to support the full weight of a franchise.

While the likes of Batman BeginsThe Amazing Spider-man and Prometheus are designed with future instalments in mind — complete with loose ends and unanswered questions — most movies are relatively self-contained three-act structures with their own definitive beginning, middle and end.

Sometimes, however, on the occasion that such films do so well that studios cannot possibly resist the payday a sequel would oh-so-predictably provide, further instalments are greenlit regardless. This means that it is then someone’s job to reunite characters, resurrect villains and unpick happy endings for another go at the box office.

Here are ten sequels that were undoubtedly more hassle than they were worth.

The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II

We may now be onto the third part of Todd Phillips’ Hangover franchise (a trilogy, apparently), but back in 2011 it was hard enough to believe we were getting a second one. The first had been a surprise hit for Warner Bros., spawning a number of imitators with its few good gags and launching the careers of Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. Few, however, could argue that it lent itself to a sequel.

As the title suggests, the movie chronicled the morning after the night before: on this occasion Doug’s stag-do. Desperate to find their missing friend and get him home before his wedding, Phil, Stu and Alan try to retrace their steps around Las Vegas. Keen to stick to the first film’s formula, the sequel had to once again get The Wolfpack roofied, lose Doug, bring back Chinese gangster Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) and support another few surprise cameos, as well as returning punchline Mike Tyson.

With so many logistical considerations, it’s little wonder Phillips forgot to write in any actual jokes.

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