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The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles

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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  1. 6
    "Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is Gay" (Hong Kong)



    Release: 1997
    Directed by: P. J. Hogan
    Produced by: Jerry Zucker, Ronald Bass
    Actor(s): Mara Casey, Amy Danles, Lucy Pacquet, Dermot Mulroney, Raci Alexander + 68 more
    Screenplay by: Ronald Bass
    Genre(s): Romance Film, Romantic comedy, Comedy of manners, Comedy, Screwball comedy
    Tagline: A comedy about finding your heart and losing your head., Julianne fell in love with her best friend the day he decided to marry someone else.
    Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is Gay : see more

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  2. 7
    "So, You're a Lawyer" (Hong Kong)



    Release: 1994
    Directed by: Neil Jordan
    Produced by: David Geffen, Stephen Woolley
    Actor(s): Tom Cruise, Rory Edwards, Louise Salter, Thandie Newton, Indra Ové + 39 more
    Screenplay by: Anne Rice
    Genre(s): Drama, Horror Film, Fantasy
    Tagline: Drink from me and live forever.
    Sequel: Queen of the Damned
    So, You're a Lawyer : see more

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  3. 8
    "Mr. Cat Poop" (Japan)



    Release: 1997
    Directed by: James L. Brooks
    Produced by: James L. Brooks, Kristi Zea, Bridget Johnson
    Actor(s): John F. O'Donohue, Lupe Ontiveros, Maya Rudolph, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Harold Ramis + 13 more
    Screenplay by: James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus
    Genre(s): Romance Film, Drama, Romantic comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy + 2 more
    Tagline: A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat., Brace yourself for Melvin.
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  4. 9
    "Mi Pobre Angelito" - "My Poor Little Angel" (Spain)



    Release: 1990
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Produced by: John Hughes
    Actor(s): Billie Bird, Roberts Blossom, Joe Pesci, Anna Slotky, Gerry Bamman + 59 more
    Screenplay by: John Hughes
    Genre(s): Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film
    Tagline: A family comedy without the family.
    Sequel: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    My Poor Little Angel : see more

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  5. 10
    "The Happy Dumpling-To-Be Who Talks and Solves Agricultural Problem" (Hong Kong)



    Release: 2010
    Directed by: Alex Beh
    Produced by: Otto Arsenault, Jory Cordy, Alex Beh, Annelise Dekker
    Actor(s): Bradley Hasemeyer, Leven Rambin, Tracy Thorpe, Alex Beh, Gian Molina + 1 more
    Screenplay by: Samantha Genovese, Alex Beh
    Genre(s): Comedy, Short Film
    Tagline: BABE is a four letter word
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