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- by Frank Wilkins
From artwork, to posters, to advertising and trailers, Hollywood spends millions and millions each year on movie marketing with hopes of coaxing, cajoling, persuading, or even deceiving us into seeing their goofy little movies. And while the best of marketing campaigns occasionally betrays conventional wisdom and leads to a great film's less than warm reception by the masses, more often than not, its success comes down to the simplest of efforts: the title.
Some titles, such as Tombstone, describe the place where a movie takes place. Some, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, might describe the main characters. Still others may offer a glimpse into the story's atmosphere, such as with Sleepless in Seattle. But some marketing geniuses forget all they've ever learned and go for off-the-wall, silly or just plain bad... like those you'll find listed below.
While it's true that a name identifies but doesn't define, with the fickle nature of the general movie-going public, one doesn't often get a second chance to make a first impression. And that's certainly the case with the list of films below. Here's our list of the worst (or most stupid) movie titles of all time, in no particular order.
Halle Berry would probably ask for a do-over on her first leading role given the chance. Then again, being a Black American Princess certainly has its perks. Like not being ashamed when described by a pejorative term.
Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)
Hehe! He said Merkin!
The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
What's so divine about being a chick flick?
Excessive Force II: Force On Force (1995)
Excessive excessiveness for the sake of being excessive.
The Human Stain (2003)
Better spray that, quickly!
Let Us Be Gay (1930)
Love Happens (2009)
No it doesn't. It takes hard work and extreme dedication.
Meet the Deedles (1998)
So many untoward thoughts come to mind. Two surfers end up as yellowstone park rangers? Sounds like the title isn't the only thing that's stupid.
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Some things just can't be unseen.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
Imagine the terror when two Federal agents discover that a much bigger enemy than each other is being in a movie called Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.
Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Because "A Bit of Comfort" is just too simple.
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)
What are the odds of one pair of jeans perfectly fitting four different women?
Step Into Liquid (2003)
Wipe your feet before you come in.
Being the nominative plural of he, she, or it, doesn't make you sound smart. Is the sequel Them?
My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)
Subtitle: "And psychotherapy is expensive"
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Stupid. Just stupid.
This is too easy but here goes, this one really blows!
My favorite childhood candy!
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Is certainly a better title than "21 Jump street communist spy battalion type dudes." Not a bad movie, by the way.
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Speed, sex and violence sells, sells sells.
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
Fortunately, the studio eventually dropped the subtitle: Smell My Finger. Its unprecedented five razzies weren't due to the stupid title alone.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Solid proof that internet buzz isn't always able to overcome a stupid title.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Voted one of the 100 greatest comedies of all time by the American Film Institute. A great film is a great film in spite of a stupid title.
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Its tagline: "It's the only movie released this year with fourteen words in its title"
The movie that made saying pussy acceptable in the presence of your mother.
She's the Man (2006)
Basing your plot on a Shakespeare play doesn't make you smart.
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Only the '70s could produce such a deliciously stupid title.
8 Heads in a Duffle Bag (1997)
A stupid reason to keep an eye on your own bags when on vacation.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Because delivering the head of a dead gigolo can be risky business.
Exactly how would one pronounce that?
Thousands of movie goers back in the day walked up to the box office and said, "give me two for Phffft."
Rat Pfink a Boo-Boo (1966)
No commentary necessary
Not only legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang's first "talkie," but also his first stupid title.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Impossibly long almost always equals stupid.