Dennis’ choices for the Worst Movie Titles on the Videoport Shelves
1. Love Happens. I probably (well, never) wasn’t going to watch this Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart weepy love-y thing anyway, but that title clinches it. The soppiest, self-help-bookiest, laziest name for a movie in recent memory.
2. Drool. Sort of a Thelma and Louise thing, this movie (in the Drama section, if you’re interested) features two very pretty women (including Mulholland Drive‘s Laura Harring) on the cover, pursing their lips in shushing you in a very sexy way but, thanks to the title, all I can think of is saliva pouring out of their mouths in ropy strings. Not sexy movie, not sexy at all…
3. Medicine for Melancholy. I actually want to see this one, a sharp-looking indie romance starring the very funny Wyatt Cenac from the ‘Daily Show’ in spite of the title, which sounds like a self-help book you’d find remaindered at Mardens.
4. Forbidden Choices. Only on VHS in the Drama section (don’t look for a DVD release anytime soon), this misbegotten adaptation of ‘The Beans of Egypt Maine’ was probably doomed the minute they hired Rutger Hauer to try out a Maine accent, but retitling it like something you’d see on Cinemax after midnight didn’t help matters. It sounds exactly like the sort of ‘steamy’ TV movie Jenna Moroney occasionally stars in on ’30 Rock’ (she was in one called ‘Hushed Rapings’.)
5. Multiple Sarcasms. This new Timothy Hutton indie drama about a philandering author is not helped by this title. It’s clunky, wordy, and took me about ten times before I realized it was supposed to be clever. Then I realized it was trying to be clever and I got annoyed because the pun is so labored. (It’s a play on ‘multiple orgasms’, by the way.) Puns are the devil.
6. Hope Floats. More self-helperry as a movie title. Plus, I can’t be the only one who thinks of a toilet when I hear this, right?
7. Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. In his three-prequel assault on my childhood, the announcement of this title convinced me to abandon all hope. And that George Lucas had finally lost his mind.
8. Se7en, Thr3e, and Thirt13en Ghosts. Please just stop.
9. Face/Off. And you.
10. Johnny Dangerously. “Did you know your last name is an adverb?” And almost impossible to pronounce or remember?
11. Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo. Not to pile on Rob Schneider or anything, but a ‘gigolo’, by definition, is male. Plus, rhyming titles are also the devil.
12. Gigli. And not to pile on this movie, but no one has ever pronounced this title as intended by the filmmakers. (It’s, approximately, “Jee-lee”). Not good marketing, there. Plus, everyone’s best guess is usually ‘jiggly’, which would be even worse.
13. Up Close and Personal. What was this movie about? Does it even exist? It’s immediately fading from my memory! What’s it called again?
14. Quantum of Solace. What, exactly, does this Bond title mean? Oh, right, nothing. I forgot.
15. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. Not one customer in Videoport history has ever remembered any of these title accurately. That’s probably not what you want when you title a movie, right?
16. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. A lot of deliberately-unwieldy titles get mentioned when people start naming ‘worst titles ever’, but movies like The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, and Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? are clearly calling attention to their titles; their very verbosity is part of the joke. This movie’s title, like the movie itself, seems just determined to beat you over the head with whimsy. “You will find our title whimsical! Yeah you will. Find…our…title…whimsical…”
17. The Toe Tactic. Indie films that find a DVD release should get my full support, but if they saddle themselves with a twee, punny title like this, I actually support consigning them to bargain bins, under-bidded ebay auctions, and screenings for the director’s family and friends. To quote Principal Skinner, “Er, um, we need a name that’s witty at first, but that seems less funny each time you hear it.”
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