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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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    Superguys Who Play Hooky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Superguys who play hooky" (Portuguese)
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    • Actors: Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jenna Haze, Michael Cera, + more
    • Initial Release: 2007
    • Directed by: Greg Mottola
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    Wearing Skirts and Going Crazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Con faldas y a lo loco" - "Wearing skirts and going crazy" (Spain)
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    • Actors: Bob Hope, Gene Krupa, Shirley Ross
    • Initial Release: 1939
    • Directed by: George Archainbaud
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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) 11 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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    Four Bastards for a Room in He... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Quattro bastardi per un posto all'inferno" - "Four Bastards for a Room in Hell" (Italy)
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    • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Mini Andén, Arthur Kennedy, Silvia Pinal, Barry Sullivan
    • Initial Release: 1969
    • Directed by: Samuel Fuller
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    Just Send Him to University Un... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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    The Man Who Killed His Mother is listed (or ranked) 14 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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    Voyage to the End of Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Voyage au bout de l'enfe" - "Voyage to the end of Hell" (France)
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    • Actors: Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, + more
    • Initial Release: 1978
    • Directed by: Michael Cimino
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    Held by Wind in Montana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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    "Held by Wind in Montana" (Japan)
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    • Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford, Sam Neill, Kristin Scott Thomas, + more
    • Initial Release: 1998
    • Directed by: Robert Redford
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