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Movie Titles Lost in Translation




‘Lights, camera, action! We all love a good movie, but what about when the titles are lost in translation? Sometimes, foreign language titles can be downright hilarious, and the world of cinema is no exception. Let’s take a look at some famous and popular movies that have hilariously entertaining titles in foreign languages, including one about casinos or slots.

Home Alone

First up, we have the classic film “Home Alone.” In French, it’s called “Maman, j’ai raté l’avion!” which translates to “Mom, I missed the plane!” Can you imagine if that was the title of the movie in English? We might never have gotten the iconic catchphrase, “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”

The Hangover

Another favourite movie that has a hilarious title in a foreign language is “The Hangover.” In China, the movie is known as “Jūntiān Wǒmen Zài Yīqǐ” which translates to “Today, We’re Getting Married.” Now, that sounds like a completely different movie altogether! Picture this: you excitedly head to the cinema to catch a flick titled “Today, We’re Getting Married” only to discover that it’s actually about a raucous stag party in Las Vegas!

Ocean’s Eleven

Hey, since we’re on the topic of Sin City, how about we discuss the popular heist flick “Ocean’s Eleven”? Interestingly enough, in China, it goes by the name “Dì Yī Cì Qù Tóuzhàn,” which can be translated to “The First Time I Went to Rob a Casino.” That’s a pretty accurate description of the movie, but it’s also a bit of a mouthful. But hey, if you’re craving the thrill of a Vegas casino experience, check out this online casino that offers a wide range of slot and table games.


Another movie with a hilariously translated title is the classic comedy “Airplane!” In France, the film is known as “Y-a-t-il un pilote dans l’avion?” which translates to “Is There a Pilot on the Plane?” It’s hard not to chuckle at the thought of passengers frantically searching for a pilot mid-flight. 

Pulp Fiction

In France, this cult movie is known as “Fiction Pulpeuse,” which translates to “Pulpy Fiction.” It almost sounds like a bad pulp novel you’d find at a gas station. Can you imagine a book cover with a muscle-bound hero holding a gun, standing in front of a neon sign that reads “Pulpy Fiction”? It’s too funny! But even with the wacky title, French audiences were still blown away by the film’s quirky characters, non-linear plot, and iconic soundtrack. In fact, “Pulp Fiction” remains a cultural touchstone in both the United States and France, proving that a movie by any other name can still be just as sweet.

In conclusion, foreign language movie titles can be hilarious, confusing, and downright bizarre. It’s always interesting to see how different cultures interpret the same movie. But no matter what the title is, a good movie is a good movie. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show, whether you’re watching “Home Alone” or “Maman, j’ai raté l’avion!”


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