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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
The Pacifier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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A Super Kangaroo


"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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#53 on The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

#28 on The Best Movies About Navy Seals

#39 on The Most Unrealistic Action Films

#35 on Best Thomas Lennon Movies

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Sha... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"The Spy Who Spermed Me" (Norway)

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Actors: Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell, Rebecca Romijn Mike Myers, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: Jay Roach

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#10 on The Best Movies of 1999

#82 on The Best Movie Sequels

#88 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#27 on The Funniest '90s Movies

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Come to My Cave and Wear this ... is listed (or ranked) 3 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


"Come to My Cave and Wear this Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy" (Hong Kong)
As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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Mr. Cat Poop


"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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#63 on The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

#25 on The Best Inspirational Movies

#13 on The Best Movies About Writers

#14 on The Best Movies of 1997

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Jersey Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 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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#14 on The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids

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George of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"Big Dumb Monkey Man Keeps Whacking Tree With Genitals" (Hong Kong)

Also known as "The Jungle Died Laughing" (Israel)

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Actors: Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann, Samantha Harris Thomas Haden Church, + more

Initial Release: 1997

Directed by: Sam Weisman

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#34 on The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

#63 on The Best Movies of 1997

#96 on The Greatest Animal Movies

#65 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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Expert in Fun


"Experto en Diversión" - "Expert in Fun" (Spain)

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Actors: Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey Kristy Swanson, + more

Initial Release: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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#10 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#46 on The Greatest Movie Themes

#3 on The Best '80s Teen Movies

#87 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"Se mi lasci ti cancello" - "If you leave me I erase you." (Italy)

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Actors: Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey, Mark Ruffalo Elijah Wood, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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#49 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

#97 on The Best Movies of All Time

#53 on The Best Geek Movies

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