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bartl

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For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Sun, 09/4/11 7:20 PM (permalink)
The other day, in the TV section of my newspaper, I read a description of GREASE, reading something like, "A teenager tries to impress a new, fresh face girl at high school." After several minutes to regain my composure, it occurred to me that it might be fun to try this out with other movies: Descriptions that are technically correct, but completely miss the point. For example:
 
"A girl, falsely accused of murder, goes for help, accompanied by some new friends." - THE WIZARD OF OZ
"A professor does some hands-on research to learn about a religious artifact." - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
"An accountant uses his skills to improve the lives of the men living around him." - THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
 
Bart
 
 
 
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    Mosca

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    Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Sun, 09/4/11 9:41 PM (permalink)
    "City boys move west, hijinks ensue." - CASINO
     
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      Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 1:56 AM (permalink)
       
      "Three men have a bad day of fishing."  - JAWS
       
       
       
      Glenn
       
       
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        cavandre

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        Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 7:21 AM (permalink)
        "Difficulties encountered when trying to liquidate unwanted, antique jewelry." - The Lord of the Rings
        <message edited by cavandre on Mon, 09/5/11 8:11 AM>
         
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          chewingthefat

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          Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 12:12 PM (permalink)
          "Guys go fishing, meet some chop"- The Perfect Storm
           
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            chewingthefat

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            Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 12:19 PM (permalink)
            "A Few GI's encounter some unpleasentness while looking for a fellow soldier" Saving Private Ryan
             
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              chewingthefat

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              Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 12:24 PM (permalink)
              " A pretty big Monkey causes thrills and spills as he meanders around New York" King Kong
               
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                chewingthefat

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                Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 12:26 PM (permalink)
                Great thread Bart!!
                 
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                  Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 12:37 PM (permalink)
                  "A bunch of American Military types try to one up their Japanese counterparts in this Pacific Paradise setting"- Tora! Tora! Tora!
                  <message edited by chewingthefat on Mon, 09/5/11 12:40 PM>
                   
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                    Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 1:21 PM (permalink)
                    You all know what this sounds like? They've outsourced the programmming guide to another country. No kidding. I started to see this about 6 years ago when the company I worked for started to outsource the reports and transcriptions to Bangalore to save a buck. While technically proficient at English, they had no concept of our country,infrastructure,culture, and background. All they had was the net to look up names, places, and get briefed by wikipedia or some other source and make a summation or fill in something the dicatator assumed to be common knowledge based on what they understood of it. It could often be hysterical what they would interpet.
                     
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                      chewingthefat

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                      Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 1:38 PM (permalink)
                      DawnT


                      You all know what this sounds like? They've outsourced the programmming guide to another country. No kidding. I started to see this about 6 years ago when the company I worked for started to outsource the reports and transcriptions to Bangalore to save a buck. While technically proficient at English, they had no concept of our country,infrastructure,culture, and background. All they had was the net to look up names, places, and get briefed by wikipedia or some other source and make a summation or fill in something the dicatator assumed to be common knowledge based on what they understood of it. It could often be hysterical what they would interpet.

                      Sounds like a Woody Allen movie!

                       
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                        cavandre

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                        Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 2:07 PM (permalink)
                        The poignant story of a returning veteran, as he tries to resolve problems within his dysfunctional family...The Godfather
                         
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                          chewingthefat

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                          Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 5:16 PM (permalink)
                          "A group of Jewish tourists go all over Egypt and Israel, get terribly lost, get 10 directions, then find their way home"- The 10 Commandments
                           
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                            Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 9:14 PM (permalink)
                            "Heavy-drinking factory owner foils government regulations by bending the rules regarding his workers." 
                            - Schindler's List
                             
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                              Mosca

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                              Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Mon, 09/5/11 10:48 PM (permalink)
                              cavandre


                              The poignant story of a returning veteran, as he tries to resolve problems within his dysfunctional family...The Godfather

                               
                              Nice one cavandre! I was trying to think of something for that movie, and couldn't find anything suitably off plot!
                               
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                                Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Tue, 09/6/11 4:20 AM (permalink)
                                I'm in pieces, bits and pieces  - Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo
                                 
                                Twisted I know, but a great anti war flick. I did two tours in Vietnam, so maybe my twistedness was honorably earned.
                                 
                                 
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                                  Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Tue, 09/6/11 5:23 PM (permalink)
                                  You guys are awesome! Loving all the input..
                                   
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                                    bartl

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                                    Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Tue, 09/6/11 11:45 PM (permalink)
                                    Here's another....
                                     
                                    "Civil war tale where a young, talented man joins the Rebels and works his way up to General." - Star Wars (IV)
                                     
                                    Bart
                                     
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                                      mayor al

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                                      Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 2:53 AM (permalink)
                                      Mentally/ Developmentally handicapped individual departs his rural multi-racial home to find his 'special place' in the world. He enjoys the random meetings with various individuals who introduce him to urban society and ultimately prepare him for his roles in a trilogy of films, L A Story  and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels !
                                      Steve Martin is "THE JERK"
                                       
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                                        Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 2:59 AM (permalink)
                                        The realities of the dangers of living the Wilderness life-style are brought forth thru this tale of the primitive birth, life and violent death scenes of some of the predators/prey in a primal-forest environment. This lesson in the futility of facing Mother Nature is interupted by idilic scenes of natural (animated) peace and  beauty. The results of selective breeding are examined in great detail.
                                         
                                          (Bambi)
                                        Here is the teaser-poster photo for this film-
                                         
                                         
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                                          mayor al

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                                          Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 3:29 AM (permalink)
                                          `A serious, but humorous study of the transformation of a chauvinist monarch of an Asian country into an enlightened government official capable of dealing with modern societies complex pattern of social order and government. A rather dysfunctional family structure contributes to the humor found in most scenes. The addition of musical numbers contributes to the chaos of the theme in several scenes, but overall they do not detract from the end results.
                                           
                                          ( The King and I )
                                           
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                                            Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 9:45 AM (permalink)
                                            An arrogant but charming king wishes to give better speeches without television. After speech lessons, he talks on old-timey radio to the commoners, who then win war.
                                             
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                                              Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 9:48 AM (permalink)
                                              oops, forgot title: The King's Speech.
                                               
                                              A veteran with anger issues moves into woods, upsetting authorities.
                                              Rambo
                                               
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                                                Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 10:00 AM (permalink)
                                                A likeable FedEx employee is in a FedEx Express plane crash. After a quick but thorough investigation it is determined that FedEx is not responsible for the crash, the shipper is. He has an unfulfilling relationship on a scenic island with a volleyball, before deciding to return to Memphis, his home and corporate headquarters of FedEx, where he attempts to resume his promising career at FedEx.
                                                 
                                                Cast Away
                                                 
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                                                  Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 12:47 PM (permalink)
                                                  mayor al


                                                  Mentally/ Developmentally handicapped individual departs his rural multi-racial home to find his 'special place' in the world. He enjoys the random meetings with various individuals who introduce him to urban society and ultimately prepare him for his roles in a trilogy of films, L A Story  and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels !
                                                  Steve Martin is "THE JERK"

                                                  Al, I thought you wer describing, Forrest Gump, at first! LOL

                                                   
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                                                    Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 12:55 PM (permalink)
                                                    Wisecracking NY Cop, has a disagreement with some German tourists while they both are visiting LA, a minor dustup ensues. Die Hard
                                                    <message edited by chewingthefat on Wed, 09/7/11 1:22 PM>
                                                     
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                                                      Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 1:27 PM (permalink)
                                                      "After accidentally tasting LSD, a very young girl has a bad trip"-Alice in Wonderland
                                                       
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                                                        Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 1:43 PM (permalink)
                                                        A dying man reflects on his childhood.    Citizen Kane
                                                         
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                                                          Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 4:45 PM (permalink)
                                                          Twins, separated and abandoned at birth, reunite and then orchestrate a subversive, international conspiracy to restore their rightful places in the world…The Parent Trap
                                                          <message edited by cavandre on Wed, 09/7/11 4:55 PM>
                                                           
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                                                            Re:For Fun: Movie Descriptions that Miss the Point Wed, 09/7/11 5:08 PM (permalink)
                                                            "A zany Doctor who is a bit of a Gourmand, gets in trouble for eating things not on the approved list"-Silence of the Lambs
                                                            <message edited by chewingthefat on Wed, 09/7/11 5:09 PM>
                                                             
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