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 »
Votes: 1,895 | Gross: $1.10M
Mistress translated to Hollywood Mistress
2. Cop Land (1997)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 79,857 | Gross: $44.89M
Cop Land translated to Copland
3. Runaway Bride (1999)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.
Votes: 87,580 | Gross: $152.26M
Runaway Bride translated to Just Married
4. In Too Deep (1999)
R | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama
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 »
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 237,894 | Gross: $46.57M
Phone Booth translated to Phone Game
7. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 95,965 | Gross: $127.22M
Sweet Home Alabama translated to Fashion Victime
8. School of Rock (2003)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music
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.
Votes: 246,506 | Gross: $81.26M
School of Rock translated to Rock Academy
9. Anger Management (2003)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy
Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.
Votes: 192,554 | Gross: $135.65M
Anger Management translated to Self Control
10. Epic Movie (2007)
PG-13 | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy
A comedic satire of films that are large in scope, reputation and popularity.
Votes: 98,073 | Gross: $39.74M
Epic Movie translated to Big Movie
11. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 36,038 | Gross: $3.49M
Happy-Go-Lucky translated to Be Happy
12. Pirate Radio (2009)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 102,487 | Gross: $7.99M
The Boat That Rocked translated to Good Morning England
13. The Hangover (2009)
R | 100 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 673,446 | Gross: $277.32M
The Hangover translated to Very Bad Trip
14. Gamer (2009)
R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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?
Votes: 125,073 | Gross: $20.49M
Gamer translated to Ultimate Game
15. Youth in Revolt (2009)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
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
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.
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.
Triage translated to Eyes of War
18. The Other Guys (2010)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
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
A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.
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
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.
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
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..
Votes: 82,572 | Gross: $47.06M
Killers translated to Kiss & Kill
22. Date Night (2010)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
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.
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
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.
Votes: 86,149 | Gross: $46.41M
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel translated to Indian Palace
24. Hysteria (2011)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.
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
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.
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
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.
Votes: 623,431 | Gross: $132.09M
Silver Linings Playbook translated to Happiness Therapy
27. Pitch Perfect (2012)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
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.
Votes: 257,983 | Gross: $65.00M
Pitch Perfect translated to The Hit Girls
28. American Hustle (2013)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 420,079 | Gross: $150.12M
American Hustle translated to American Bluff
29. The Purge (I) (2013)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 185,044 | Gross: $64.47M
The Purge translated to American Nightmare
30. Begin Again (II) (2013)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 130,631 | Gross: $16.17M
Begin Again translated to New York Melody
31. Pain & Gain (2013)
R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
Votes: 188,639 | Gross: $49.88M
Pain & Gain translated to No Pain, No Gain
32. Nightcrawler (2014)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 408,518 | Gross: $32.38M
Nightcrawler translated to Night Call
33. Into the Storm (2014)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.
Votes: 61,084 | Gross: $47.60M
Into the Storm translated to Black Storm
34. The Babadook (2014)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 173,274 | Gross: $0.92M
The Babadook translated to Mister Babadook
35. Black Mass (2015)
R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 156,657 | Gross: $62.58M
Black Mass translated to Strictly Criminal