(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week, we take a look at a new follow-up to an early Adam Sandler “gem.)

What are the odds anyone has talked about Bulletproof since its release in 1996? The film was something of a bomb both theatrically and critically – it’s at 8% on Rotten Tomatoes! – and while Adam Sandler went on to bigger and occasionally better things it essentially ended co-lead Damon Wayan’s movie career. Seriously, Wayans only has six film credits following Bulletproof, and they earned a combined total of $4.2 million.

Well, it turns out the answer to my rhetorical question is that no one has thought about Bulletproof until early 2019 when this column’s friends at Universal 1440 Entertainment conceived and produced the elegantly titled sequel, Bulletproof 2. It was birthed unto the world at the start of this year, and in true Bulletproof form no one is talking about it. A direct-to-video (or in this case Netflix) sequel that no one’s watching? Yeah, that’s my jam.

Keep reading for a look at Bulletproof 2 – a sequel set 25 years after the original in a world where the Bulletproof movie not only exists but is remembered as being terrible. So, set in the real world I guess?

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Right around when Adam Sandler‘s hair goes from ‘fro to flaming in the latest trailer for his summer hairdresser bomb-edy You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I started to cringe as if locked inside a salon/prison. When the sight of Sandler quietly handling guns makes you wax nostalgic for his flop Bulletproof for its entire duration, something is wrong. The parts here with the great Shelley Berman do the trick, but then I started remembering what funny is and funny is Mr. Berman on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Lastly, is there really room in this mixed-up world for Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno (2008) and Sandler’s Zohan?

Will jocks show up for two loud comedies with blow dryers as laff accessories? Will you? I feel like I have hairspray in my mouth after watching this, like when I hear C.C. Music Factory at the dentist’s office.

Click here to watch the new trailer, or just pour a glass of red wine on your carpet.

Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan brings the trendy fierce! to theaters on June 6th, 2008.