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16 Movies that Share the Same Title and Not Much Else

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Every once in a while you will see a trailer for a movie whose name instills a sense of déjà vu because you’ve seen it before, even though the new movie isn’t a reboot. This lazy film phenomenon doesn’t happen often but when it does, usually the two movies have nothing in common. The movies below all share the same name and (spoiler alert!) Mr. Magoriam’s Wonder Emporium is not on this list.

16. Hot Pursuit (1987) and 15. Hot Pursuit (2015)

Judging from the previews of the Reese Witherspoon/Sophia Vergara opposites forced together/buddy cop/chase movie Hot Pursuit, it looks they are trying to recreate the success of the movie The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, except with more jokes about aging and feminine hygiene “lady business.” (Definitely a project Witherspoon should have made a Midnight Run away from.)

Hot Pursuit shares the same name as a 1987 comedy starring John Cusack as a college student who misses a flight to join his girlfriend and her family on a Caribbean vacation. He spends the majority of the movie trying to catch up to them and, naturally, some ‘80s wackiness ensues. This movie actually has some funny moments and is noteworthy for Ben Stiller in a small role as a dumb, young bad guy way before his part in Dodgeball. Plus, it’s got one crucial thing his year’s Hot Pursuit lacks — Robert Loggia.


14. Bad Boys (1983) and 13. Bad Boys (1995)

Will Smith’s career was just taking off when he teamed with Martin Lawrence in their version of Lethal Weapon, and the popularity of the movie with fans in 1996 earned them a prestigious MTV Movie Award nomination for Best On-Screen Duo (although they rightfully lost to the magic that was Farley Spade in Tommy Boy).

Years before the song “Parents Just Don’t Understand” was even a dream in Will Smith’s head, Bad Boys was an appropriately titled movie about tough teens trying to get through their stint in juvie. Sean Penn plays a bad boy who ends up ruling the roost in this classic cult movie, with the help of a pillow case full of soda cans.


12. The Avengers (1998) and 11. The Avengers (2012)

In 2012, Marvel Studios’ The Avengers was the biggest blockbuster superhero movie of this century and the reason this post-aughts era will most likely be known in the future as “The Age of Ultron.”

There was, however, another movie also named The Avengers that came out in 1998 and was based on the 1960s British spy series of the same name. Ralph Fiennes is definitely more dapper in a top hat than Mark Ruffalo is in stretchy jeans but Uma Thurman’s skintight outfit is actually not that far off from Scarlett Johansen’s Black Widow. But that’s where the similarities end between the two movies. Unlike the Hulk-sized blockbuster that was Marvel’s The Avengers, the 1998 film bombed big time, making only $48 million worldwide, a gross earning so low, Tony Stark would consider it chump change.


10. Kicking and Screaming (1995) and 9. Kicking and Screaming (2005)

Will Ferrell can usually do no wrong when it comes to all things funny, but surprisingly, even he couldn’t bring too many laughs to 2005’s Kicking and Screaming, where our favorite goofball was pitted against his hardass father as the two duke it out as pee-wee coaches to their kids’ soccer teams. (Ferrell’s father, played by Robert Duvall, has remarried and has a son the same age as his own grandson). Duvall’s character shows all the warmth of The Great Santini (pun intended) and the kid-friendly movie is just as hard for adults to like. Although, there is something to be said about a movie that gives its funniest lines to Iron Mike Ditka.

While the title Kicking and Screaming is used very literally in the movie about soccer coaches fighting, it has a little more subtle meaning in the 1995 indie film that launched the directing career of Noah Baumbach. Over a decade before mumblecore became a thing, Baumbach put his stamp on the slacker indie film genre as Kicking and Screaming captured that feeling, you know the one, of finally graduating from college and then fighting like hell to stay there before life drags you off into adulthood.


8. Twilight (1998) and 7. Twilight (2008)

Everybody in the world knows the plot of the Twilight saga, so we won’t bother rehashing that one. But there once was another Twilight film, a neo-noir detective thriller made in 1998 that didn’t do well at the box office, as it was even slower-paced than the vampire Twilight. It was however packed with quite an impressive cast. Any film that stars Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman is at least worth a second look on cable one afternoon.


6. Project X (1987) and 5. Project X (2012)

Project X might seem like an odd title for a high school party movie, reason being that the title was actually a working title that stuck as it helped market this movie to the teen/college guy crowd, who helped it make a surprising amount of money. The events of the ultimate party unfold from the point of view of a video camera used by one of the partygoers. With its handheld, found footage look, Project X seems like it’s going for a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Superbad. 

Never to be confused with 2012’s Project X is 1987’s Project X, a sci-fi drama in which Matthew Broderick is assigned to work on a top secret Air Force project that performs experiments on chimps. This Project X is more like Rise of the Planet of the Apes meets Silkwood than a teen party sex comedy. Plus, a highly communicative chimp was more believable at the time than Matthew Broderick as an Air Force pilot.


4. Rush (1991) and 3. Rush (2013)

2013’s Rush is a Ron Howard-helmed drama that captures the non-stop action, macho rivalries and epic hairstyles of 1970s auto racing. Chris Hemsworth plays the cool British driver, James Hunt, with the long blonde hair and Daniel Bruhl is great as the Austrian rival, whose name most women will never remember since they came to see Chris Hemsworth.

There is another kind of rush besides adrenaline and in the 1991 film Rush, which also takes place in the ‘70s. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric play cops who go way too deep undercover as they try and take down a local drug lord. The film contains some intense sequences and earned rave reviews for its depiction of drug addiction. (Jason Patric successfully hides his Lost Boys good looks under his Al Pacino-as- Serpico beard.) It’s tough to say which Rush is the better film, but with Gregg Allman playing a Texas drug dealer, the real question is: how did the producers hold back from naming the 1991 Rush, “Whipping Post” instead?

2. Crash (1996) and 1. Crash (2004)

Perhaps the gold standard of movies that share the same title yet have absolutely nothing in common, this pair has likely caused much confusion in the home rental market. If one were to, say, watch 1998’s Crash thinking they were getting the Oscar-winning Matt Dillon/Don Cheadle drama about race relations, they would instead get a twisted tale couples who take the phrase “autoerotic” quite literally.

Interestingly enough, both films proved to be controversial in their time. David Cronenberg’s 1998 Crash drew controversy for its racy mix of sex and violent car crash imagery. (It forever became known as the movie where James Spader makes sweet love to Rosanna Arquette’s leg scar.) Flash forward to 2004, when Paul Haggis’ Crash becomes a surprise Best Picture winner, beating out the more critically-favored Brokeback Mountain. Both movies also feature scenes with cars. And that’s about the extent of their similarities.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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