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The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles

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Sadly, there are no funny alternative titles for Lost in Translation (though it is called Lost in Tokyo in Israel). Nevertheless, it's amazing what translators and marketers get from films and how they think it is best to market them to different national audiences. Read on to have your mind completely blown by some of the most nonsensical, ridiculous, and full-on spoiler giving titles of films from around the world. 

Sometimes words don't work well in other languages, that's just a fact of life and the pitfalls of local dialects. So what are the funniest foreign movie titles? Take a look here and you'll see how sometimes words do get lost in translation.

Foreign translations of film titles often end up... a little mixed up. Some make no sense at all, while some cut right to the heart of the film, by passing any artistic thought or meaning. In any case, these are the funniest, oddest, most absurd foreign translations of film titles that have been dreamt up (and released) so far.


Many of these movies can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime (in English, of course). If you're a movie buff, also check out the Best Foreign Legion Movies, the Best Oscar-Winning Foreign Movies, and the Must-See German Movies From the 21st Century
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    Come to My Cave and Wear this Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy

    Come to My Cave and Wear this ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Come to My Cave and Wear this Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy" (Hong Kong)
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    The Man Who Killed His Mother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "O homem que matou a própria mãe" (Portugal) - "The Man Who Killed His Mother"
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    • Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, + more
    • Initial Release: 1960
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
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    His Device Makes Him Famous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "His Device Makes Him Famous" (China)
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    • Actors: Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
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    I'm a Drunk and You're a Prost... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "I'm a Drunk and You're a Prostitute" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue, Emily Procter, Valeria Golino, + more
    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Directed by: Mike Figgis
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    Just Send Him to University Un... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Just Send Him to University Unqualified (China)
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    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, + more
    • Initial Release: 1983
    • Directed by: Paul Brickman
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    Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is Gay" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Rupert Everett, Rachel Griffiths, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: P. J. Hogan
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    So, You're a Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "So, You're a Lawyer" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Thandie Newton, Antonio Banderas, + more
    • Initial Release: 1994
    • Directed by: Neil Jordan
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    Mr. Cat Poop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Mr. Cat Poop" (Japan)
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    • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Maya Rudolph, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: James L. Brooks
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