You know, the first one wasn't a hit because of its sophisticated storytelling, innovating technology, or resonant themes and characters. So, if Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels took a pass on returning, it was probably best to just abandon a sequel as a beautiful dream.
Or as I like to call it: Saturday Night Fever: Everything Is Shiny Now. Saturday Night Fever is a classic of 70s cinema and the defining film of a cultural movement. Staying Alive is one of the movies that sunk John Travolta's career... you know, the first time.
Hey, remember that movie that took place on a speeding bus and it starred Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock and was a big hit? Well picture the same thing only replace the speeding bus with a speeding (?) cruise ship and Keanu Reeves with Jason Patric. Can't miss, right?
Challenge: off the top of your head, name two songs from Grease 2. I rest my case.
There's really only so much milleage you can get out of a dead guy. One movie was really pushing it, but two? I do like how they attempted to class things up with the roman numeral though.