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Movies you refuse to see because of its stupid title


Let's get shallow and judgmental! Maybe these are good movies, but I'll never know because of their idiotic titles.

Silver Linings Playbook - one of the dumbest titles I've seen in a while.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - um, no.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - they sure do.

Fun with Dick and Jane - I doubt it.

eXistenZ - seriously?

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I have to ask -- would you seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards just because you don't like the title?

That being said -- yeah, there are movie titles that annoy me. Zero Dark Thirty is one. Not even sure exactly why.
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Ballistic -- Ecks vs. Sever


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Under the Yum Yum Tree


Don't Worry -- we'll think of a Title


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That being said -- yeah, there are movie titles that annoy me. Zero Dark Thirty is one. Not even sure exactly why.
You understand the term?
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If I recall correctly "Under the Yum Yum Tree" was a funny, innocuous, little comedy.
I have many reasons for not seeing particular movies, but stupid title has never been one of them.
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I have to ask -- would you seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards just because you don't like the title?
Yes. Yes I would.
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It took me five or six years to see Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure for two reasons:
1) The title.
2) Abe Lincoln yelling "Party on, dudes!" in the trailer.

Once I saw it and realized it's a fricking hilarious movie, I've made sure not to make such judgement errors (at least not for comedies).
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Fun with Dick and Jane
Under the Yum Yum tree
Don't Raise the bridge - lower the Water

Each of the titles above seems to me evocative enough to make the movie more attractive.

'They shoot horses' promises a noirish look at the human condition by proposing/identifyin a dark solution to that condition

Fun is a phrase which resonated with everyone who had reached their majority by the time the film came out.

Yum Yum Tree - Heck, I would want to live there - then you find out it's about sex! Sexc and "yum yum" offputting?

Don't rasie the Bridge - this just screams wacky - what kind of fool would find that a solution? jerry Lewis, just the fool for the job.
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Yes.. I guess maybe it's just a personal aversion to jargon, especially when it feels like it's being used to enhance an air of "coolness" in some way. I'm not saying there's anything objectively wrong with it, it just annoys me personally.
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The Shawshank Redemption is one of the stupidest movie titles ever for one of the best movies ever.
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - they sure do.
And once you see the movie, you'd realize the title was perfect, and is one of the great titles in film.
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Its so bad my brain has added those word combinations to titles I refuse to see
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For me it's when the title is so unforgivably bland that I'm already irritated at the bankruptcy of imagination. Like Twice Upon A Yesterday, or One Fine Day.
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The Shawshank Redemption is one of the stupidest movie titles ever for one of the best movies ever.
What's so bad about it? It's appropriate to the plot of the film and it doesn't make me cringe on the level of the aforementioned Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.


For my own contributions:

Snakes on a Plane - It's both kinda original in it's bluntness, not trying to give it some thriller kind of name that that sort of film would typically have, but it's also really stupid because it's just broadcasting the entire plot in the title. Either way, based on the title, I'll never watch it; I'm sure the only part of the film I need to see was Samuel L Jackson's line in the trailer.

Worse, though, is anything that tries to have a cute pun in it. The offender that immediately comes to mind is the Air Bud series. I had to look it up to remember, but sequels have subtitles of "Golden Receiver", "World Pup", "Seventh Inning Fetch". If you're going to have a pun, it needs to be clever and there's nothing clever about those. I can't watch the films on that principle alone, but I'm also certain they're utterly terrible.


This isn't an absolute rule, since there are two obvious exceptions, but films where the title is just the name of the main character. One exception is If it's a historical person, it's telling me something about it by saying it's about J Edgar Hoover or Lincoln or whoever. I still think they should put a bit of effort into it, and either give it a subtitle or give it another title and make "The so-and-so story" the subtitle. If it's a famous and established fictional character, like Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes, it's still telling me something about the film, and it doesn't need a subtitle unless there's other recent or well regarded interpretations. But if it's a new or not well known character, I learn absolutely nothing. For instance, what do I learn about a film called "John Carter"? The film is based on a book that had a different title. I imagine they only adapted part of the book which is why they didn't use the book title, but still even that title, even if incomplete or with a subtitle way better, even without the subtitle, a sequel just could have been called Part 2 or given another subtitle. But that they couldn't put any effort into the title to give me any hint at all on what the film is about besides telling me the main character's name tells me I can't really expect any effort in the rest of the film. It's slightly tolerable if there's something interesting about the character's name, like at least Max Payne was also the name of the video game and it's at least a pun, if not particularly clever, and even that film I refused to see for the same reason, though I have seen parts of it when I was bored.

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Yes.. I guess maybe it's just a personal aversion to jargon, especially when it feels like it's being used to enhance an air of "coolness" in some way. I'm not saying there's anything objectively wrong with it, it just annoys me personally.
Will it make you feel better or worse to know that in my military career I usually heard it said as "Oh Dark 30?"
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And once you see the movie, you'd realize the title was perfect, and is one of the great titles in film.
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain is just such a movie.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever fits the bill. Not sure if anyone mentioned it yet.
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The Shawshank Redemption is one of the stupidest movie titles ever for one of the best movies ever.
Would you feel better about the original title(Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption)?
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This isn't an absolute rule, since there are two obvious exceptions, but films where the title is just the name of the main character. One exception is If it's a historical person, it's telling me something about it by saying it's about J Edgar Hoover or Lincoln or whoever. I still think they should put a bit of effort into it, and either give it a subtitle or give it another title and make "The so-and-so story" the subtitle.
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And once you see the movie, you'd realize the title was perfect, and is one of the great titles in film.
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"Zero Dark Thirty" annoyed me because not once during the movie did they explain what the frickin title meant. Maybe it is a common military term but being a life long civilian I don't care about common military terms. The damn military confuses even a simple thing like telling what time it is, for pete's sake.
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Silver Linings Playbook - one of the dumbest titles I've seen in a while.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - um, no.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - they sure do.

Fun with Dick and Jane - I doubt it.

eXistenZ - seriously?
I've retitled these movies so you can enjoy them.

Hawt Jennifer Lawrence

A Movie to Sleep through While Your Kids Learn Bullshit About Believing in Themselves

Dance Marathon: First Blood

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A Good Day To Die Hard is a stupid title, and as the reviews are crap that compounds my initial plans of not bothering.

I also thought Quantum of Solace is a stupid title, but I saw the movie anyway. Can't recall if they justified the title in any way, though. But that's James Bond for you, having some of the worst titles ever.

Gangster Squad sounds like something a 9 year old would make up.

Rise of the Guardians. I am getting bored with titles with "Rise" in them, actually.
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"Zero Dark Thirty" annoyed me because not once during the movie did they explain what the frickin title meant. Maybe it is a common military term but being a life long civilian I don't care about common military terms. The damn military confuses even a simple thing like telling what time it is, for pete's sake.
Its slang for "Too fucking early in the morning, can't they wait till the sun comes up for Christ's sake?"
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Hmm - just realized I never saw Jerry Maguire partly because of the lame title. and that was before I came to despise Tom Cruise'
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I also thought Quantum of Solace is a stupid title, but I saw the movie anyway. Can't recall if they justified the title in any way, though. But that's James Bond for you, having some of the worst titles ever.
That one's a title from an actual Ian Fleming Bond story, and one of the few Fleming titles that hadn't been used yet. Though the film didn't exactly have a lot in common with the original short story.

I believe the rationale for the film title is Bond achieving a certain amount (a quantum) of solace for the death of Vesper in Casino Royale.
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Alternate title Hawt Jennifer Jason Leigh, although it's Cronenberg so you do have to watch her cuddling with an electric kidney and stuff.
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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

I have no idea whether "Sapphire" insisted on that title, but that's how it looks, and it looks really bad.

Edit: oh, also that Traveling Pants of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Jeez.

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I have no idea whether "Sapphire" insisted on that title, but that's how it looks, and it looks really bad.
And it sounded even worse being said over and over again that night at the Oscars.

Also: previous thread

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It was years before I finally saw Fight Club because I hated the title so much. My loss, though--I loved both movie and book when I finally got around to them, and Chuck Palahniuk became one of my favorite authors.

I concur about Precious, Etc. No, thanks.
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I have to ask -- would you seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards just because you don't like the title?
I would seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards because I tend to hate that sort of "oscar-bait" type of crap. If it had a silly name too? Oh yeah, avoid it double forever.
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Hmm - just realized I never saw Jerry Maguire partly because of the lame title. and that was before I came to despise Tom Cruise'
I don't get it. How is the name of a person (likely a character, even more likely the main character of the movie) a stupid title?

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Maybe a more nuanced phrasing of the topic would be "Movies you've been turned off from seeing because of its stupid title".

To refuse permanently and categorically ever to see a particular movie, no matter how interested you might be in checking it out otherwise, JUST because you find the title stupid, seems like it would require an especially... tenacious personality.

But if we're simply talking about finding the stupidity of the title a serious disincentive to watching the movie, yeah, I bet most people have a few of those.
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Maybe not refuse, but the titles are highly discouraging:

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I had a friend who refused to see V for Vendetta because he said it sounded like Sesame Street.

Name of the movie should have been A for Anarchy.
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The premise of this thread makes no sense to me. I would never refuse to see a film that critics and audiences hailed as great due to the film's title. But I consider myself to be a serious movie fan.

It's true that some movies have silly sounding names, but so do some novels or plays or songs. But if the material is good, what's in a name?
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The premise of this thread makes no sense to me. I would never refuse to see a film that critics and audiences hailed as great due to the film's title. But I consider myself to be a serious movie fan.

It's true that some movies have silly sounding names, but so do some novels or plays or songs. But if the material is good, what's in a name?
Because Being John Malkovich just sounds so awful. Even though people were telling me it was a good movie. I didn't know who John Malkovich was or why anyone would want to be him. I'm okay with a title that tells me nothing, but one that repels me isn't getting my $3.50

ETA: The OP invited us this way:

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It took me five or six years to see Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure for two reasons:
1) The title.
2) Abe Lincoln yelling "Party on, dudes!" in the trailer.

Once I saw it and realized it's a fricking hilarious movie, I've made sure not to make such judgement errors (at least not for comedies).
See, to me, that title exactly conveys the spirit of the movie. And, like you, I loved it!
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Will it make you feel better or worse to know that in my military career I usually heard it said as "Oh Dark 30?"
Exactly this. As a former military wife, the phrase was ALWAYS Oh Dark 30. I cannot imagine why they felt they had to change something that had a long-standing history, so I refuse to watch it.

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