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A dirty job

I joked today on Facebook that I was going to commemorate Earth Day by posting a list of great movies that had the word “earth” in the title.

Turns out there are none.

Good movies, maybe. Kitschy films, definitely.  But nothing that I would label a classic.

DirtyDancingThe word ‘dirt?’

A completely different story.

There’s Dirty Dancing, of course.  And Dirty Harry.  The Dirty Dozen.  Even Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, to name just a few.

In the movie biz, it appears ‘dirt’ beats ‘earth’ by a mile.




When I was a humor editor at Hallmark Cards, part of my job was to think of all the ways those funny jokes, puns and one-liners could be taken the wrong way.

We didn’t want them to sound dirty unless we meant for them to sound dirty.

So, I am fascinated that a ‘hilarious comedy for the whole family’ could be released with the name “Furry Vengeance.”

I don’t mean to be crude, but the first time I heard this movie name, I thought it was a porn film.  Am I the only one who sees the possible innuendo attached to this troublesome title?

If it were a film with a target audience of the “Pineapple Express” ilk, it would make a bit more sense.  But this is pure family fare, with a very green-friendly ‘save our forests’ message.

Why the borderline nasty name, Participant Media?  You, whose other films include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Fast Food Nation,” and “Syriana.”  I applaud your issue-oriented choices, but you need to put a bit more thought into the marketing of this title.

Unless you meant for it to sound dirty to expand your audience.

Shame on you.

The name’s the thing

I haven’t seen “Hot Tub Time Machine” yet.

But it’s on my short list.

I don’t need to know the plot.  I don’t need to know who’s in it (although, I’ll admit, I did accidentally see John Cusack in a poster).  I don’t even care what critics are saying.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” is one of the greatest movie titles of all time.  Based on that alone, I will take my chances at the theatre.  It deserves to be seen.

And whether “Hot Tub Time Machine” is a good movie or not, let it be a lesson to movie makers everywhere:

The title matters.

The name of the movie alone can put butts in the seat.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” has inspired me to write — not a great movie — but a great movie title.

(I’ll worry about the rest later.)