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'Caddyshack II' (1988)
Sequel to: 'Caddyshack' (1980)
Did it kill the franchise: Yes
Why it was so unnecessary: Because the enormous charms of the original owed largely to the intersections of its four big stars — Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield — and a solid enough character arc for Michael O'Keefe's Danny Noonan to tie it all together, and the only one of the five leads to return was Chase, who appears briefly and with a demeanor that makes clear that he's just here for the paycheck. The sequel filmmakers tried plugging in fellow "SNL" alum Dan Aykroyd in the Murray slot, but couldn't come up with anything remotely as memorable as the Dalai Lama story or the cannonball scene; his big moment is asking Chase's Ty Webb to suck some poison out of his rear end. The other replacements — Jackie Mason as the Dangerfield-esque nouveau riche country club interloper; Robert Stack as the Knight-ish establishment snob; Jonathan Silverman as the young romantic hero — were spectacular, horrifying downgrades. The first "Caddyshack" had no need of a sequel, but if that original cast and creative team (including Harold Ramis in his directorial debut) had gotten together a couple of years later to either reprise these characters or do something similar, no one would have minded. "Caddyshack II," though, is a cheap, painfully unfunny attempt to cash in on a brand whose only value came in the people who were associated with it the first time.