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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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    My Poor Little Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Mi Pobre Angelito" - "My Poor Little Angel" (Spain)
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    • Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore, + more
    • Initial Release: 1990
    • Directed by: Chris Columbus
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    A Super Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "A Super Kangaroo" (Spain)
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    • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Brittany Snow, Patrick Swayze, + more
    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Directed by: Adam Shankman
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    I Love My Dad The Best In The ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    I Love My Dad The Best In The World (Japan)
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    • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Liv Tyler, + more
    • Initial Release: 2004
    • Directed by: Kevin Smith
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    Captain Supermarket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Captain Supermarket" (Japan)
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    • Actors: Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Embeth Davidtz, Bill Moseley, + more
    • Initial Release: 1992
    • Directed by: Sam Raimi
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    Mr. Cat Poop is listed (or ranked) 5 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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    Dumb But Not That Dumb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Dumb But Not That Dumb" (Mexico)
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    • Actors: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley, Norm Macdonald, Bridgette Wilson, + more
    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Directed by: Tamra Davis
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    What a Career Advancing With M... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Che carriera che si fa con l'aiuto di mammà!" - "What a career advancing with mom's help!" (Italy)
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    • Actors: Boris Karloff, Patty Duke, Burl Ives, Hayley Mills, Tallulah Bankhead, + more
    • Initial Release: 1966
    • Directed by: Jules Bass
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    My True Love Will Stand All Ou... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "My True Love Will Stand All Outrageous Events" (Thailand)
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    • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Markie Post, + more
    • Initial Release: 1998
    • Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
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