July 21, 2005 at 05:47 PM EDT

The imminent release of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo may be the ultimate proof of a growing trend in sequel titles:  The simple, enumerated title (The Ring Two, Shrek 2) is a thing of the past, and now it’s all about the colon.  In recent months, we’ve seen XXX: State of the Nation, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, and, lest we forget, Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.

So, if you believe the highly dubious rumor that Drew Barrymore is trying to persuade Steven Spielberg to make a sequel to E.T. (the World Entertainment News article flubs the name of Barrymore’s character in the movie, which may be an indication of the rumor’s accuracy), she could name it  E.T. 2: Gertie’s Revenge.  And other upcoming sequels could be X-Men 3: The Musical and Blade IV: Long in the Tooth. Imagine if this trend had been more prevalent in the past  — the second Godfather movie might have been called The Godfather: Cuban Vacation. Or American Pie 2: The Glue Incident. Spider-Man 2: Electric Boogaloo. Come up with your own; I’ll be right here.

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