10 Comedy Movie Characters We’d Love To See Revisited

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This is 40 Comedy Characters Revisited They made us laugh, they made us cry, and then their stories ended. But now that a pair of memorable characters from Judd Apatow's comedy movie canon are being revisited in This is 40, we've gotten to thinking... Nothing against Pete and Debbie - we're looking forward to more Knocked Up-esque raunchy humor as much as anyone - but there are plenty of other characters from classic comedies we've also wanted to see again. Times have changed, so how would they respond to this new era? Would their exploits still find an audience? We'll leave the final verdict to readers, and simply offer our list of Top 10 Comedy Characters We'd Love To See Revisited. It's not all of them, but it's a start.

Ferris Bueller

Ferris Buellers Day Off Revisited Last Seen In: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Hear us out. As much as we'd love to keep Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) relegated to a time when blowing off responsibilities meant skipping class, not missing a mortgage payment, we need the unfazed optimist now more than ever. It's not a guarantee that Ferris and Sloane settled down and started a family, but they never struck us as the 'take things slow' type. A follow-up film with Ferris deciding to escape not from work, but his wife and kids for another day of legendary hijinx (along with Cameron, assuming he hasn't descended into all-out depression) wouldn't just be fun, but a confirmation that living life to the fullest isn't just for the youthful. The concept was good for a laugh with the 'Broderick's Day Off' Superbowl commercial, but lacked the Ferris 'spirit' and vigor we all know so well.

Harry Dunne & Lloyd Christmas

Dumb  and Dumber Harry Lloyd Sequel Last Seen In: Dumb & Dumber (1994) Oblivious, uninformed, socially inept, and treasured. Harry & Lloyd's cross-country tour in Dumb & Dumber showed not only Jeff Daniels' comedic side and Jim Carrey's subtler sense of humor, but the Farrelly Brothers' brand of humor. Yet the temporary millionaires' exploits came to an end too soon. The last we saw of Harry and Lloyd, they were passing up the chance to act as "oil boys" for a Hawaiian Tropic bikini tour as they hitchhiked along the highway with nothing but the clothes on their back. But these two bumbling idiots are too one-of-a-kind to stay buried for long. Production on a Dumb & Dumber 2 following Carrey and Daniels is getting underway, with a script nearly completed. So the chances are good we'll get our wish. Like, one in a million good.

Dark Helmet

Spaceballs Dark Helmet Revisited Last Seen In: Spaceballs (1987) This one needs no explanation. Misunderstood, mismatched, wise in the ways of the Schwartz, Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) took the dull and monotone mold of Darth Vader and gave him a genuine personality (not to mention exquisitely conditioned neck muscles). But what brought the diminutive lord of the Spaceballs to his present rank and position of authority? Anakin Skywalker got an entire trilogy of films with Star Wars: Episode 1-3 to provide a backstory, but movie fans were never given a glimpse into the inner workings of the man before he claimed his eponymous Dark Helmet. And the horrific upbringing that would push him to wield his Schwartz grip so deviously. We know that a prequel trilogy chronicling the origin of Captain Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate is unlikely, but another movie is a must.

Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Sequel Last Seen In: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) Fans of cartoons, detective stories, and genuinely inspired writing and filmmaking already know (and likely appreciate) Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Now that animated films aimed at adult audiences have become commonplace, there's no better time to see what has transpired in Toontown in the meantime (not to mention, an update on Roger and his buxom wife, Jessica). It wouldn't be difficult to craft a story with Roger once again begging for the aid of toon-hating private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), with better animation, to boot. Unfortunately, Roger Rabbit 2's development has seriously stalled. Perhaps the most compelling case for another Roger Rabbit movie (besides the quality of the first) is this: of all the films that blended animation with live-action, its sequel is the one we'd actually wait in line to see.

Kevin McCallister

Home Alone Kevin McCallister Revisited Last Seen In: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1990) First off, yes, we know Kevin McCallister was the star of Home Alone 4. But for reasons that should be completely obvious to anyone who saw the first two films in the series (or more importantly, what happened to Macaulay Culkin) knows why we want that Kevin revisited. Seriously, some emotional trauma had to result from being left behind by family while travelling across country not once, but twice. Sure, Kevin made out alright and proved his independence - but there were two criminals attempting to kill him. In all likelihood, the mention of a vacation hotspot, sound of an airliner flying overhead or the sight of a suitcase would send him into a panic attack. Give us a movie where a full-grown Kevin hears a burglar trying to pick his front door lock: and we'd be ready to see him take things to a whole new level.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice Revisited Sequel Last Seen In: Beetlejuice (1988) You know the plot: a young New England couple discovers that they aren't actually living in their starter home anymore, but haunting it as ghosts. To remove the family moving in, the newly-dead call upon the help of none other than the hedonistic being known as Beetlejuice. Hilarity ensues as the filthy, rotting, rude and ghoulish bio-exorcist (brought to life by Michael Keaton) goes to work. It's rare for a comedy's best moment to hinge not on plot, slapstick, gags, or even 'jokes,' just a character's absurd devotion to sowing disgust and revulsion among his audience. No wonder Tim Burton is interested in a sequel, which is now in the early stages of development with Michael Keaton apparently pitching it for the last twenty years. Keaton's time away from the screen is a shame in itself, so returning to one of his best roles would make two of our wishes come true.

Bill S. Preston Esq. & Ted 'Theodore' Logan

Bill and Ted Revisited

Last Seen In: Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Did the Wyld Stallyns make it? Did Bill and Ted continue to be excellent to each other? Did their days of time-hopping come to an end post-death, or have they continued to warp the time stream beyond recognition without our even knowing it? These are the questions we hope Bill & Ted 3 would, and before long will answer. The bottom line is: science fiction has started to become - like almost every larger-budget genre film - entirely too serious. 'This movie's about time travel? Alright, cue the science and figure out what it says about human nature!' Give us a break. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure used the concept of a time-traveling phone booth the way we all would - passing our history class. 'But what if it permanently altered the course of history?' Who cares? Have YOU seen how hilariously Napoleon eats a massive bowl of ice cream? We didn't think so.

Captain Ron

Captain Ron Kurt Russell Sequel Last Seen In: Captain Ron (1992) When most people picture Kurt Russell with an eye patch, their mind immediately goes to Escape From New York (1981). But in our hearts, his turn in Captain Ron is just as beloved. If Snake Plissken got a second adventure, there's no question Captain Ron deserves one just as much. The genre of 'naval comedy' films is a sparsely-populated one, making the unorthodox skipper even more vital. In only a single film, Captain Ron taught us that it's not pirates, but Cuban police you need to worry about, and that Australia has a really big reef you gotta look out for when sailing. Think of what he could teach if given another film? With technology and global communication expanding each day, we need a man who wakes with the sun and goes where the tide takes him now more than ever. A second chance for our Captain Ron Halloween costume is just an afterthought.

Smokey & Craig

Friday Craig Smokey Revisited Last Seen In: Friday After Next (2002) The original Friday was a simple enough premise: two friends spend their day off doing absolutely nothing. Drugs and alcohol entered the mix, but the friendship between Craig (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) was what kept us interested. It was dysfunctional, sure, but what lasting friendship isn't? The sequel Next Friday (2000) replaced Smokey for a far more 'zany' plot, and Friday After Next (2002) strayed even further. It was Smokey and Craig who were most entertaining, and offered each actor a chance to play to their strengths: Smokey ran at the mouth, and Craig was there to shut it. We've all grown up, switched careers, moved, kicked old habits and found new ones. But whenever we meet a friend from the old neighborhood, we can't help wondering: would Smokey and Craig have changed as little as we have?

Wayne Campbell & Garth Algar

Wayne's World 3 Revisited Last Seen In: Wayne's World 2 (1993) Sure, Wayne and Garth are products of and for the '90s, but the Campbell-Algar brain trust has wisdom the world needs. Everything that popular music has become, and every way Apple changed the face of the industry would have an impact - remember: Wayne's World came along before the Internet. As possible hosts of the most successful video podcast in history, would the fame go their heads? Or would they wield the information superhighways and freedom of music and access only for good? And how badly do we want to see the children Garth produced with veritable soulmate, Betty Jo. A gaggle of bespectacled blonde mops with horrific social skills? Yes please. And just think of the parodies that could, and should be made by those who've proven they can do so brilliantly ("HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOY?").

Top 10 Comedy Characters We'd Love To See Revisited

This is 40 Comedy Characters Revisited Those are only ten comedy movie characters we feel haven't gotten their due just yet. Who knows? Maybe a successful box office for This is 40 will convince others that classic characters still have plenty to offer their fans. And as our recent interview with the cast and director prove, aging isn't always a bad thing. It may not guarantee them all another day in the sun, but to be honest, part of us knows that might be for the best. Which classic comedy character, duos, or even families would you like to see revisited? Is it strictly out of nostaliga, or because of a genuine belief that their voices are needed more than ever? Sound off in the comments. Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Id really like to see another Chevy Chase vacation movie. those were classics

  2. What about Snake Plisken?

  3. God, no! Why rehash old classics and inevitably ruin what we loved about these characters? Comedy sequels are almost always a bad idea, and I’d much rather just live with the magic of a film than try to capture that lightning in a bottle moment again 20 or so years later. I get that people love these characters but seeing them again will never be as good as you’ve imagined it all these years and I find it much more enjoyable just to go back and revisit the classics.

  4. Kevin McCallister was revisited in “Home Alone: Taking back the House” aka “Home Alone 4.”

    It wasn’t pretty…

  5. How about a ’10 Sci-fi Characters we’d like to see updated’.

    How about District 9′s ‘Wikus Van De Merwe’ at the 3 year point, when the ship comes back with Christopher Johnson to fulfill his oath to change De Merwe human again, and maybe get a little payback for the experimentation on his people?

    Or

    A new adventure with Korben Dallas and Leeloo on future earth. Zorg need not apply…

    or

    Rick Deckard of Blade Runner has come out of retirement to find out who ‘retired’ his replicant lover Rachael, with a Rutger Hauer cameo…a late version ‘Roy’?

    or

    Westworld revisited….with Steve Buscemi as the ‘gunslinger’.

    or maybe:

    Lawnmower man…in today’s age of mobile devices, with billions ‘plugged in’…just image the chaos and control that would be in his digital hands.

  6. How did The Big Lebowski not make this list!? I would love to see Wayne and Garth back in action though.

  7. Amen to all listed! Some of these characters, however, are being considered for revisiting in the not-too-distant future (according to SR).

    1.) Beetlejuice
    2.) Bill & Ted
    3.) Harry & Lloyd

  8. I always wanted to see Wayne and Garth again, I honestly think those two Wayne’s World movies were the funniest Mike Myers has ever made.

    Like someone else said, I’d also love to see if The Dude is still abiding.

  9. Really? Captain Ron but not Fletch? It would be so good to see Chevy Chase actually being funny again…

    • I’d love to see Fletch…but I think the character needs rebooted. I don’t think it is possible for Chevy to be as funny as he used to be.

    • ooooh fletch! good call, that was my fav Chevy Chase film by far.

  10. If Rick Moranis came out of retirement, I’d prefer a sequel to Strange Brew before revisiting Dark Helmet (although, I’d love a Spaceballs sequel). But in today’s world, we need more stupid comedy like Bob and Doug McKenzie provide.

    Also, I’d like to see Fletch rebooted.

    • Jesse and Chester from Dude Where’s My Car would be another duo of stupid characters I’d like to see revisited.

  11. Watching ‘Home Alone’ now. So sad:

    http://img1.joyreactor.com/pics/post/funny-pictures-auto-macaulay-culkin-heroin-389361.jpeg

  12. what about the fifth element??

  13. the horror. the horror.

  14. Spaceballs? Nah, that is one of Mel Brook’s worst steaming pile of ten years to late of a hot mess. Garbage.

    • *too

  15. I agree on most but the dumb and dumber is just dumb.

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