The Top 5 Films That Are Nothing Like Their Title Suggests

09 Nov 2016

Most film titles give you a good idea of what you’re about to watch. For example, you could assume that How To Be Single is going to be an uplifting journey of people finding their confidence without the need for a relationship. For In the Heart of the Sea you can definitely assume it’s going to be some kind of ocean-bound adventure.

But judging a movie by its title can be dangerous game. Go into any of the following knowing nothing but their names and you should prepare to be surprised…

The Accountant

What It Sounds Like

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a film about an accountant would be the tale of how a routine, repetitive lifestyle has the potential to be given a new breath of life – perhaps an unlikely love story?

What it actually is:

The hero of the story is indeed an accountant, but this is no heart-warming rom-com. In actual fact protagonist Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) works for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. His life is turned upside down when he takes on a legitimate client in the form of clerk Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), but instead of romance you’ll find a series of dramatic plot twists that make this one of the most exciting new releases in 2016.

Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff in The Accountant.

The Blind Side

What it sounds like:

Even if you’re not taking the title too literally, you’d probably still be expecting a story full of secrets and conspiracy. Maybe a thriller?

What it actually is:

Sandra Bullock is Leigh Anne Tuohy, a middle-class soccer mom who takes in a disadvantaged teenager and inspires him to excel on the football field. Keep your tissues nearby because this heart-warming tale – based on a true story –  is an emotional journey that will stay with you for quite some time.

the blind side

Cake

What it sounds like:

We can’t blame you for imaging a delightful comedy about a church fete bake sale, probably featuring an all-star cast of British dames. Sounds like perfect rainy afternoon viewing, right?

What it actually is:

It’s very different. Cake is a raw drama giving an unflinching look at people suffering with chronic pain. It’s a powerful film filled with anger and torment, featuring a commendable performance by Jennifer Aniston.

Cake

Hall Pass

What it sounds like:

Hall Pass conjures up visions of high school hijinks, with the jocks and cheerleaders out in full force. Practical joke hilarity by the lockers could be on the cards, with plenty of red cups and beer pong.

What it actually is:

It’s not a hall pass from the classroom, but a hall pass from marriage. Friends Richard (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are given a one-week “hall pass” from their wives, when they’re free to do whatever they want, no questions asked. The result is a slightly more R-rated comedy than you’d expect from your average high school caper…

Hall Pass

Magic Mike XXL

What it sounds like:

Could this be about an overweight magician who’s down on his luck? That is until he discovers a magic hat that propels him to fame and fortune, while meeting the woman of his dreams along the way.

What it actually is:

Three years after the first film, stripper Mike (Channing Tatum) has decided on a life change that means keeping his clothes on for work. Before he retires completely him and his old friends want one final blow-out performance to go out with a bang. Expect a lot of gyrating along the way! 

magic mike

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