English titles translated into... English titles (part. 1)

by Pictoris | created - 11 Sep 2015 | updated - 24 Feb 2018 | Public

Since the 90s, for some mysterious reasons, French distributors translate some English titles by... other titles in English. There are several explanations for this phenomenon: sometimes it's because the titles are considered too complicated to understand for the French public (Silver Linings Playbook translated to Happiness Therapy), sometimes it's for striclty commercial reasons (Morgan Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold became Super Cash Me after the commercial success of Super Size Me) and sometimes it's... really incomprehensible (Pain & Gain translated to No Pain, No Gain).

So, in your opinion, which of these "translations" is the most absurd? Discuss the list here.

Part. 2: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls079544854/

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1. Mistress (1992)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy about a screenwriter (Robert Wuhl), whose old movie script is read by a producer (Martin Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (... See full summary »

Director: Barry Primus | Stars: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Vasek Simek, Thomas R. Voth

Votes: 1,895 | Gross: $1.10M

Mistress translated to Hollywood Mistress

2. Cop Land (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Votes: 79,857 | Gross: $44.89M

Cop Land translated to Copland

3. Runaway Bride (1999)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

39 Metascore

A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 87,580 | Gross: $152.26M

Runaway Bride translated to Just Married

4. In Too Deep (1999)

R | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

53 Metascore

Jeff Cole is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati police academy who dreams of working undercover. His wish is granted and through success is given the task of taking down state-wide crack ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Nia Long, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 5,363 | Gross: $14.00M

In Too Deep translated to Gangsta Cop

5. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini

Votes: 97,690 | Gross: $7.49M

The Man Who Wasn't There translated to The Barber

6. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 237,894 | Gross: $46.57M

Phone Booth translated to Phone Game

7. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen

Votes: 95,965 | Gross: $127.22M

Sweet Home Alabama translated to Fashion Victime

8. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music

82 Metascore

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 246,506 | Gross: $81.26M

School of Rock translated to Rock Academy

9. Anger Management (2003)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 192,554 | Gross: $135.65M

Anger Management translated to Self Control

10. Epic Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy

17 Metascore

A comedic satire of films that are large in scope, reputation and popularity.

Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer | Stars: Kal Penn, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard, Adam Campbell

Votes: 98,073 | Gross: $39.74M

Epic Movie translated to Big Movie

11. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 36,038 | Gross: $3.49M

Happy-Go-Lucky translated to Be Happy

12. Pirate Radio (2009)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Michael Hadley

Votes: 102,487 | Gross: $7.99M

The Boat That Rocked translated to Good Morning England

13. The Hangover (2009)

R | 100 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Votes: 673,446 | Gross: $277.32M

The Hangover translated to Very Bad Trip

14. Gamer (2009)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

27 Metascore

In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he?

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Ludacris, Amber Valletta

Votes: 125,073 | Gross: $20.49M

Gamer translated to Ultimate Game

15. Youth in Revolt (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart

Votes: 70,492 | Gross: $15.28M

Youth in Revolt translated to Be Bad!

16. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Votes: 301,940 | Gross: $83.82M

Up in the Air translated to In the Air

17. Triage (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, War

The wife of a photojournalist sets out to discover why he came home from a recent assignment without his colleague.

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Sives, Paz Vega, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 9,605

Triage translated to Eyes of War

18. The Other Guys (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

64 Metascore

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops, whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter, Eva Mendes

Votes: 222,841 | Gross: $119.22M

The Other Guys translated to Very Bad Cops

19. Knight and Day (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 170,444 | Gross: $76.42M

Knight and Day translated to Night and Day

20. Get Him to the Greek (2010)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

65 Metascore

A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.

Director: Nicholas Stoller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne

Votes: 162,165 | Gross: $60.97M

Get Him to the Greek translated to American Trip

21. Killers (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

21 Metascore

A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple..

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 82,572 | Gross: $47.06M

Killers translated to Kiss & Kill

22. Date Night (2010)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

56 Metascore

In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

Votes: 145,238 | Gross: $98.71M

Date Night translated to Crazy Night

23. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,149 | Gross: $46.41M

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel translated to Indian Palace

24. Hysteria (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

Director: Tanya Wexler | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones

Votes: 29,095 | Gross: $1.80M

Hysteria translated to Oh My God!

25. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 14,228 | Gross: $0.64M

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold translated to Super Cash Me

26. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 623,431 | Gross: $132.09M

Silver Linings Playbook translated to Happiness Therapy

27. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 257,983 | Gross: $65.00M

Pitch Perfect translated to The Hit Girls

28. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 420,079 | Gross: $150.12M

American Hustle translated to American Bluff

29. The Purge (I) (2013)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

A wealthy family are held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal.

Director: James DeMonaco | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane

Votes: 185,044 | Gross: $64.47M

The Purge translated to American Nightmare

30. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 130,631 | Gross: $16.17M

Begin Again translated to New York Melody

31. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 188,639 | Gross: $49.88M

Pain & Gain translated to No Pain, No Gain

32. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 408,518 | Gross: $32.38M

Nightcrawler translated to Night Call

33. Into the Storm (2014)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

44 Metascore

Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.

Director: Steven Quale | Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon

Votes: 61,084 | Gross: $47.60M

Into the Storm translated to Black Storm

34. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 173,274 | Gross: $0.92M

The Babadook translated to Mister Babadook

35. Black Mass (2015)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 156,657 | Gross: $62.58M

Black Mass translated to Strictly Criminal



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